TECHNOLOGY | Canon's iconic EOS 5D full-frame digital camera has become a reliable go-to for many discerning photographers, but four years after the launch of the Mark III model it's time for a refresh.
The EOS 5D Mark IV takes just about every aspect of the III and bumps it up to best-in-class.
Moving to a 30.4 megapixel sensor (up from the Mark III's 22.1MP) with 4K video recording was an easy win – ditto for inbuilt WiFi and GPS geotagging.
Where the fourth-gen 5D really struts its stuff is that it lets you make fine-tuning focus adjustments after you've hit the shutter, thanks to what Canon calls the Dual Pixel RAW format.
Just be prepared to stock up on larger memory cards: Dual Pixel RAW images will be close to twice the size of a standard RAW file.
There's even some trickle-up technology in the easy autofocus and pinch-and-zoom options of the touchscreen inherited from Canon's mainstream consumer cameras.
To Canon's credit, driving the Mark IV will prove almost no different to the Mark III – from buttons and dials to software, minimal cosmetic and design changes flattens the learning curve to the gentlest of slopes, and no doubt one you'll enjoy the stroll.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV lands in Australia on September 8; while Canon Australia doesn't believe in listing RRPs, saying that "prices will be set at dealer discretion", expect it to hover around the $5,200 mark.
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