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Canon 5D Mark IV 4K Rumors, Godox Adds Wireless Sony TTL Triggers {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 26th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

4K Canon 5D Coming?

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Trusted sources in the Canon rumor mill are stating that there will be a 5D camera announced this year that will shoot 4K video footage. The kicker is that it will not even be announced until AFTER the EOS-1D X Mark II begins shipping, which is expected in April.

So, this means we still have a couple of months to wait before we will likely see the next 5D camera announcement. But, just as a refresher, here is what we are expecting at this point from the next 5D camera…

  • 28mp
  • 9fps
  • DIGIC 6+
  • 61 point AF
  • CFast & SD
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in GPS & Wifi
  • Lighter weight

It will be interesting to see what Canon does finally unveil when the 5D Mark IV is announced. There is no doubt that the game is tighter now than it ever has been before, so Canon will have to be careful about the choices made in this camera.

Godox Updates X TTL Flash System With Sony Support

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Beyond lenses, one of the other complaints about mirrorless systems – Sony included – is a lack of variety in lighting options. Well, Godox has heard those complaints and has added Sony TTL support to their wireless X series triggers.

The new X1S will join the X1C & X1N (the Canon and Nikon versions) and will work alongside the newly announced version II V850 Speedlight unit, which also will have a built in X1 receiver for wireless TTL.

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The system supports HSS (High Speed Sync) and gives you control of speedlights from your camera, allowing you to make critical lighting adjustments on the fly, without having to run around to your various lights to make changes.

You can find all of the details about these new Godox announcements over on their website here. We will also update you once these are available for purchase.

Unsung Camera Review: Fuji S5 Pro

The guys over at The CameraStore TV have started this new segment which I find to be a really fun concept. They take older cameras, review them in typical CSTV fashion, and at the same time, you get a fun history lesson about the state of the photography market around that time.

In this first episode, they took a look at the Fuji S5 Pro, a Fuji camera stuck within a Nikon D200 body. It was an interesting look at a camera that, as the name of the segment suggests, was rather unsung.

Looking ahead, I would love to see some medium format film camera reviews since those are becoming a popular leisure photography tool now that prices are down to affordable levels for even casual photographers. Cameras like the Pentax 67 II, 645 NII, Mamiya 645 AFD and Hasselblad 500CM would be fun.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    It’s good to see “what Canon should do” included in a rumor that suggests it’s what Canon is actually doing. But as others have suggested, that’s not necessarily just one new 5D being described. Canon has been too protective of their own higher-end gear without really paying attention to the competition, particularly for still-for-video cameras. Maybe a 5D C with full DCI/QHD recording, lower pixel count, more video orientation but not the full monty on all Cinema EOS features, and then a 5D4 with basic QHD-only at higher compression rates would perhaps be a good compromise.

    On the other hand Canon’s already jumped a bit as Sony’s idea that, as DSLR technological evolution slows down and people upgrade less often, you win by selling more than one body to the same customer in the same generation. Making it a somewhat uncomfortable choice between features might sell more without sending more people to other companies. Not delivering 4K video in the camera line that pretty much started still-for-video shooting as a real thing is only good for Sony and Panasonic.

    The other question is just how image quality moves with this. Going to a 28Mpixel sensor, versus 22Mpixel, without moving ADCs on-chip might actually deliver a camera with worse lower-light performance than the existing 5DmkIII. I’m just skeptical that there’s that much left one can do about system noise, versus the existing cameras. Once you’re on-chip, then it’s just about chip noise, which is where Sony gets their DR advantage, but also a speed advantage and, at some point, a global shutter as well.

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  2. Blake Weber

    I’m wondering if you all (editors/members) could give me your opinion on something… I have been using two 5Dii’s to shoot weddings and I am more than ready to upgrade but I am wondering if I should get two 5Diii’s now or hold out for the 5Div to come out?

    I’ve already been holding out forever since I heard rumors that it would be released last fall. I’d rather not wait any longer than I have to but I would hate to find out that the mark iv is leaps and bounds better than the mark iii. There was a pretty big difference between the ii and iii models, especially in ISO.

    I don’t even use the video so I can care less about 4K. The big factor for me is effective ISO for low light, reception and dancing photos, etc. So my question is, do you think their will be a huge difference in effective ISO between the 5Diii and 5Div?

    …Or if not, do you think there will be a significant price drop on the 5Diii once the mark iv comes out? Because that would be another reason to wait.

    Thanks :)

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    • adam sanford

      Short answer: we don’t know.
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      Canon has long rumored to join the ranks of Sony and Nikon and move to on-chip ADC with their sensors. **If they do that**, the performance will start looking a lot like SoNikon-sensored rigs, which would be huge and many folks would commit their $ as soon as the first production sensor reviews come out.
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      If they do *not* do that, I’d only expect incremental performance improvements over the 5D3: say a 1/2 stop to 1 full stop high ISO improvement, similar low ISO DR, etc. In short, in this case you’d only be buying a 5D4 for other reasons — more fps, more pixels, better AF, etc.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The difference in the 5DII vs 5DIII was over all noise reduction — a quieter sensor, a quieter system, etc. But I do wonder just how much less left to improve in those areas in Canon’s current analog-off-the-chip architecture.

      We would see an immediate bump in dynamic range going to on-chip ADCs — all the conversion noise is on-chip, so much less subject to system noise. One of the rumors had Canon implementing a 1-bit ADC at every pixel site, which would also at least potentially implement a global shutter (each pixel site would also need 14 or 16-bits of digital storage). But until it’s real, it ain’t real. Canon would also benefit from a backside or stacked sensor, which is where Sony got the big noise drop in the A7RII with their 42Mpixel sensor — more area for photodiodes versus other electronics means more a stronger signal, so a better SNR, all else being equal.

      Of course, it’s Sony showing this stuff off now… and not yet selling it. The BSI sensor (Exmor R) works by building the photodiodes on one side of the sensor (the “back”), all the other electronics normally on the top. The stacked sensor (Exmor RS) builds one chip that’s all sensor, a second chip that’s got the support electronics, and bonds them together. The have this for 1″ (and below) and FF sensors, and have not licensed the FF sensor to anyone. So Canon breaking ground on anything in this category would be major news, and some indication that Sony’s eventually going to rule the whole sensor world, like Intel on CPUs.

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  3. Barry Chapman

    You say “You can find all of the details about these new Godox announcements over on their website here.”, yet I went to the website and it’s surprisingly out of date, with no announcements I could find since 2014. I’m guessing the announcement was perhaps carried on the Chinese language version of their website and hasn’t been added in English yet? Makes me wonder how long it will be before they make it to market.

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  4. Ralph Hightower

    I like the specs on the 5D Mk IV. I just wish it were available in 2013, but I won’t be upgrading since my next purchase is going to be a telephoto zoom.
    I like the retro camera feature that The Camera Store did. Continuing to shoot film, it would be fun to see them do a review of a film camera.

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  5. Enzo Scorziello

    So happy to see someone finally offer some off camera lighting options for Sony mirrorless. I have a setup that currently works but to have TTL is going to be amazing!!

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    • Barry Chapman

      Nissin and Phottix are other alternatives with TTL support but the Godox looks promising.

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  6. adam sanford

    The key words: “There will be **a** 5D camera with 4K”. Many are reading that to mean there will be a video-centric 5D rig a la the A7S line of cameras — a ‘5D C’ if you will — and that the 5D4 will not have 4K onboard.
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    I’m still clinging to the notion that 4K will 100% be on the 5D4 but will not be made public (or selectable in any menus) in an effort to protect 1D/Cinema sales, and if/when that plan tanks the 5D4 sales numbers, the magic firmware bullet will unlock it. We shall see.

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