After switching to Nikon several years ago, I haven’t really even touched a Canon. But, with the opportunity to give the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera a test drive, I had to see what it could do. Ergonomically speaking, the camera feels great, and surprisingly light. Any Canon user will be very familiar with this. The grip feels handle-esque, and your thumb will nestle itself perfectly into the groove on the back of the body. Simply put, Canon hasn’t messed with the design, and it feels good.
Let’s talk one of the best features that I played with, the AF. Seriously, this was one of my favorite features.
I’m not a full auto AF guy at all, so when sports shooters freak out about tracking and accuracy in full AF, I tend to go, “meh.” That said, holy hell is the AF in the Canon 5D Mark IV fun. I say that because of the touch screen and the additional physical button to get to the AF menu immediately. One touch, and I can see all my points, give the screen a quick tap, and fire away. Yes! I literally said, “Where the hell is Nikon at with this?” when I started playing with it. It’s very cool, extremely intuitive, and gets the hardware out of my way creating some content.
Another couple areas I was antsy to explore were the dynamic range and ISO. I expected a lot from the DR in the Canon 5D Mark IV, and it certainly has a lot of it. Going through any normal shadow pulling I was able to pull details back perfectly. Going through extreme shadow pulling, it got a little harder. That said, you should be able to correct any misfires out and about if need be. As for ISO, It goes without saying that nowadays ISO performance does not hold digital photography back anymore. When a sensor is able to see better than the human eye can, technology is no longer to blame for keeping us from getting any shot we want. The Mark 4 is an absolute Beast, easily able to shoot at 8000+ ISO without a problem. Below you can see Sunset shot at 8000 ISO handheld. I was even able to bump up the ISO to 25,600 and hand hold some semi blurry star shots. ISO performance on The Mark 4 is incredible and it should be no problem capturing low light shots in most situations.
Basically, the Canon 5D Mark IV feels great and works great. It won’t hold you back, and the added functionality of 4K and that kickass AF system will entice many users to go for it. My little time with it left me impressed and wanting to push it more. It’s totally worth a rental if you’re on the fence, but if you’re a Canon user updating from anything aside from the Canon 5D Mark III or higher, it’s basically a no brainer. I’m looking forward to the day I get to play with another one. Check out more images below.
By: Nader Abushhab – Local Phoenix Photographer, Originally from Chicago, and based out of Phoenix, AZ, Nader a passionate photographer focused on commercial, portrait, and fashion photography. His style blends simplicity and artistry. Currently, he’s aspiring to grow the quality of photography coming out of the Phoenix industry by collaborating with talented fellow creatives. http://www.nbma.photography
Thank you to B&H Photo for sending us out a Canon 5D Mark 4 to review – please be sure to click this link to purchase one! http://bit.ly/bhphoto_video