A reportage from the presentation:

Canon officially introduced the latest model of the full-format SLR camera EOS 5D Mark II in Ukraine. In this regard, about a hundred journalists and professional photographers were invited to the Aeroprakt airfield near the town of Makarov in the Kiev region. The novelty was presented by the technical specialist of Canon Europe Ferenc Torok. He reminded the audience of the history of the EOS 5D line, which this year is just 10 years old, and showed the evolution of the most popular in the world “full frame”.

In the middle of the presentation, there was a surprise in Hollywood style. Suddenly, a black man jumped out from behind the stage in an orange prison robes brazenly stole a camera waiting for his time in the suitcase. With a brutal grin, he rushed to the plane that was standing nearby with the engine running, and then it began! The pursuit of FBI employees for a criminal, shooting, explosions, a smoking gun, a thrown out or dropped case with a camera – and, of course, a happy end: a criminal in handcuffs, and the camera is again in Ferenc’s hands, unharmed.

After this vivid show, the camera was finally removed from the suitcase and presented to the guests. Let’s see what’s new in it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The 5D Mark IV has a new light sensor with a resolution of 30.4 Mp (6720 x 4480) and a sensitivity of 100 to 32000 ISO units, expandable to 50, 51200 and 102400. Moreover, each pixel of the image is formed not by one but by two photosensitive elements let’s call them conditionally left and right), each of which “sees” the subject of photography from the first angle. With conventional shooting in JPEG or RAW, information from each pair of photodiodes is combined, but if necessary, the camera can simultaneously take two pictures – from the left sensors and from the right. This ability of the matrix is ​​based on several interesting technologies, about the offices a little later.

For photography through the viewfinder, a separate autofocus module is used, exactly the same as in the 1D X Mark II – 61 focus points, of which up to 41 cross type, depending on the specific lens. 21 the cross sensor operates at F / 8, which will be useful when working with super-telephones, and 5 double crosspoints provide increased accuracy with the aperture of F / 2.8. The sensors are compactly located in the center of the frame and cover about 20% of its area.

In addition, when shooting video (and photos in Live View mode), Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology is used – dual photosensitive elements work as phase autofocus sensors at 80 percent of the frame area.

This technology is not new, it appeared in the EOS 70D three years ago and is also used in the EOS 80D, 7D Mark II and 1D X Mark II.

But the new method of shooting Dual Pixel RAW while there is only in 5D Mark IV. It allows you to shift the area of ​​sharpness in small limits when processing RAW-files.

The effectiveness of this technology depends on the depth of field in a particular frame. It does not give noticeable effect on all the pictures, and a gross overshoot of focus cannot be fixed. There are still related functions of bokeh shift and elimination of parasitic lights, but in the photo taken during the rapid testing, you did not see any effect from the bokeh shift, and the flashlight control tool slightly reduces the glare and improves the contrast by reducing the soft- effect in strongly illuminated areas:

In general, in some cases you can benefit from Dual Pixel Raw, but you will have to pay for it by 1.5-2 times the amount of RAW files.

Serial shooting is possible with a speed of up to 7 frames per second – with a buffer for 21 RAW files, 3 seconds of high-speed continuous shooting is obtained. For JPEG, the duration of the series is limited only by the capacity and speed of the card. The maximum video resolution is 4K DCI standard (4096 x 2160) with a frame rate of up to 30 per second and a bitrates of about 500 Mbps, and it is possible to extract any frame and save it to a JPEG file. For Full HD, the maximum frequency is 60 fps, the bitrate is 180 Mbit / s, and the HD 720p supports a frequency of up to 120 frames per second to create a slow-motion video with a four-fold deceleration. By the way, there was another application of double pixel technology – HDR-video. With two “sets” of photo sensors, pairs of frames with different exposures are recorded, from which one is created with an expanded dynamic range.

It’s worth mentioning such “nice little things” as built-in Wi-Fi / NFC and GPS modules, remote control from the Smartphone / tablet using the Canon Camera Connect application (iOS / Android), as well as a convenient programmable button on the back of the camera (by default with it, the type of the autofocus work area changes).

The display of the 5D Mark IV touch is the first in the 5D line. True, the traditional menu of Canon cameras is not very suitable for this, but such possibilities as instant selection of the point of focusing or quiet adjustment of parameters during video shooting will undoubtedly be useful. I wonder if there will ever be a rotary display in top-end cameras.

After Ferenc Torok’s speech, the photographer Alexei Gorshkov shared his impressions of the use of the EOS 5D Mark IV and his work, taken with it.

Together with the camera, two new lenses were introduced. These are updated “Elks” 24-105 and 16-35 – EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS II USM and EF 16-35mm f / 2.8L III USM. Lenses are still in prototype stage, so they could only be looked at.


Elks 24-105 and 16-35


Also as a bonus was shown a pre-series sample of the mirrorless EOS M5. This is the first mirror less Canon camera with a viewfinder, which will replace the very successful model EOS M3. Let me remind you that at the time of the release of the M3 model in the EOS M system there were already 4 lenses, for sure, together with the M5, when it is ready, will present one or two new ones.

Ferenc said: “If you liked the M3, then the M5 will like it even more.” So personally I’m looking forward to the test serial copy.

There were few questions after the presentation, and the company representatives were ready for them. From the answers we learned the following:

  • The camera shoots 4K video in the “pixel to pixel” mode, that is, from a 30 megapixel full-frame sensor only the central part of 8.8 MP is used. This greatly narrows the camera’s angle of view (resulting in a 1.74-fold crop factor, more so than in amateur EOS cameras with an APS-C matrix), in other words, the equivalent focal length of the lens increases. However, to use EF-S lenses with a crop factor of 1.6 for video shooting is impossible – on full-frame Canon cameras they are mechanically incompatible with bayonet. According to Mr. Torok, this restriction is not marketing, but purely constructive – if you still install the EF-S series lens on a full-frame camera, then its large mirror will touch the project. So for video shooting, especially with a wide angle, you will have to use a separate set of optics.
  • Popular with professionals RAW-converter Adobe Lightroom (even in the latest, recently released version) does not support the Dual Pixel RAW function, and the date of such support is unknown. While this works only in the company’s Canon application – Digital Photo Professional, since version 4.5.

I will add that those who prefer other RAW-converters can convert RAW to DNG using Adobe DNG Converter version 9.7 (naturally, also without DPRAW support).

After the official part, the guests were offered to test the 5D Mark IV, and also fly (as a passenger) on the Aeroprakt (UR-PAPI and UR-PAPK) planes, which naturally became the heroes of most test shots. While the journalists, having satisfied their curiosity, communicated and flew, professional photographers arranged a new camera for the exam. One of them even installed a portable light and held a session of a portrait “passport-taking” with several different lenses. As far as I could tell from the faces and words of the EOS 1Dx owners, the novelty proved to be excellent.

And at the end of the event we were shown an action film about the abduction of the camera, shot with the help of several EOS 5D Mark IV, thus demonstrating the cinematographic capabilities of the novelty.

Please note – the last three photos in the gallery were taken from ISO 100, 1600 and 32 000 respectively, and the portrait – with ISO 1600, noise reduction was not applied.