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Canon 5D Mark IV (forecast)
10 FPS Full-Frame, 22 MP

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There is no Canon 5D Mark IV, and probably never will be.

Canon usually lays off the "Mark" sequence after about Mark III for anything, and with the introduction of the 5DS in January 2015, there will probably never be a 5D Mark IV — although if I die before it comes out and can't update this page, this will be the link to order it from Adorama.

If there is a Mark IV, it should be a higher-speed, lower resolution variant of the 5DS, figuring about 10 FPS and about 22 MP.

Compared to the Mark III, a Mark IV would add many of the new features from the 7D Mark II and 5DS, namely light-sensitive time-shifting to allow great shots under flickering sports arena lighting.

I doubt Canon would bother with this. Yes, a fast consumer full-frame camera for sports and action it seems like a nice idea, however the smaller format of the 7D Mark II makes more sense for consumer sports shooting, and for pro use, the 1DX is still king. The world of actual shooting (as opposed to desk jockeys reading about cameras on the internet) doesn't really need a fast consumer full frame camera.

 

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Body

Magnesium alloy.

 

Autofocus

61 cross points.

AF-assist light.

 

Lens Compatibility

All Canon EOS EF lenses made since the 1980s work perfectly.

The only Canon lenses that don't work are the old manual focus FD lenses and earlier.

 

Light Meter

150,000-pixel RGB+IR meter sensor.

EOS iSA System for 252-zone (18 x 14) Evaluative, as well as 6% central and 1.3% spot metering as read from that 150,000 pixel sensor.

Paradoxically, spot metering is only from the center sensor; AF-point linked spot metering isn't there.

Can read light flicker and the camera can be set to offset its shutter delay to optimize color and exposure under flickering sports arena lighting.

Meter range: LV 0~20.

 

Sensor

22 megapixels.

Ultrasonic cleaner with dust delete data. (No fluorine coating.)

Crops to 1.3x, 1.6x, and 1:1, 3:4 and 16:9.

Full frame (23.9 x 36mm)

 

Live View

Still and video.

AF during Live View.

Grid.

Meter range: LV 0 ~ 20.

 

Video

.MOV files

MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video with linear PCM stereo audio.

1,920 x 1,080 at 29.97p, 25p and 23.976p.

1,280 x 720 at 59.94i and 50i.

640 x 480 at 29.976p and 25p.

(I see no mention of recording .MP4 files)

 

ISO

50 ~ 204,800.

 

Finder

100% coverage.

71% magnification with 50mm lens.

34.1º apparent angle.

21mm eyepoint.

-3 ~ +1 diopters.

Depth-of-field preview.


Can superimpose a your choice of camera settings data like a dual-mode electronic level display, grid, exposure mode, white balance mode and AF mode.

Finder shows:

AF Point Information
Spot Metering Circle
Electronic Level
Grid
Shooting Mode
White Balance
Drive Mode
Focusing Modes
Metering Modes
JPEG/RAW
Flicker Detection
AF Status Indicator
Warning Symbol

 

Level

Two-axis.

1º increments.

On rear LCD: 360º roll and ±10º pitch.

In viewfinder: ±7.5º roll and ±4º pitch.

 

Shutter

Soft-touch electromagnetic release.

Vertical metal focal plane.

1/8,000 ~ 30 seconds and Bulb.

Rated 200,000 shots.

2s or 10s self timer.

Intervalometer.

Bulb timer: A menu lets you set exactly how long will be your Bulb exposure up 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

1/200 Flash Sync.

 

Frame Rate

10 FPS.

Regular and "silent" modes.

 

File Formats

JPG, and/or CR2 raw.

 

LCD Monitor

3.2"

1,040,000 dots.

Auto brightness control.

Clear View LCD II, coated glass.

 

Storage

One CF type 1 and one SD card slot.

Works with up to UDMA CF cards.

Not thick enough for microdrives, which went out of style 10 years ago.

SD slot for SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1 cards.

Can be set to record to both at the same time.

 

Data Communication

USB 3.

 

Connectors

Mic.

Prontor-Compur (PC) flash sync.

Remote cord connection.

USB 3.0.

Mini-HDMI.

NTSC or PAL analog video.

 

Power

Either of the LP-E6N (new, included) or the old LP-E6 batteries work. The new one has more capacity than the older LP-E6 battery, and they are interchangeable and both charge in the usual Canon LC-E6 charger.

The LP-E6N is rated for 700 shots. (660 at 0ºC/32ºF; 220 with live view or 210 with live view at 0ºC/32ºF.)

When used with the second battery in the grip, the rated number of shots doubles.

LC-E6 folding plug 100-240V 50-60 cps charger.

Optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6.

CR1616 for clock.

 

Size

5.89 x 4.58 x 3.01 inches WHD.

152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4 millimeters WHD.

 

Weight

32.8 oz. (930 g) with battery and card.

29.8 oz. (845 g) stripped naked.

 

Quality

Made in Japan.

 

Environment, operating

32º ~ 104º F.

0º ~ 40ºC.

Not more than 85% RH.

 

Price (USA)

$3,799, October 2015, but only if actually introduced, which I doubt.

 

Introduction

17 October 2015, but I doubt it will ever be introduced.

 

Available

Late November 2015, but I doubt it will ever be introduced.

 

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The 5D Mark IV will probably never be introduced. Instead, Canon called the 5D Mark III replacement the 5DS, and we're done. Canon rarely carries any Mark series past Mark III, so I doubt there will ever be a Mark IV. We don't need a high speed version of the 5DS; if you do, it's called the 7D Mark II (for consumers) or the 1DX (for pros).

For a shoot today, buy the 5D Mark III and never look back. There is always something new coming that we can't get today. If you have photos to make today, you can't make them with a camera you can't get.

There's always some next great thing that we can't buy today, so forget about the Canon 5D Mark IV until it really becomes available.

Even the 5DS doesn't exist. Sure, Canon has announced it, but since it won't be shipping for months, that means that Canon still hasn't worked out all the bugs.

Even if announced today, it will be many months more before anyone gets one.

Any idiot can count to four, but in this case, there won't be a 5D Mark IV because it's called the 5DS.

 

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