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The Canon 5D MK IV Has Been Leaked & This Seems To Be It

By SLR Lounge Official on August 17th 2016

As is the case with these things, when a product is coming to fruition and to market, especially one that’s broadly and wildly coveted, the leaks begin to appear. Whether they are cunningly planted to stir up press or controversy, or someone at the source sneaks it out for an extra payday, they happen, and with the imminent announcement of the Canon 5D MK IV, what we have here was almost expected.

Canon is, in many respects, the primary camera producer on the planet (spare Apple), and the Canon 5D series is perhaps their most widely acclaimed, and the most yearned for. While the 1DX MK II is a status symbol and a work-horse for few, the 5D is the capable shooter of many, and as suggested by the Digicameinfo leak, this is it:


Specs as per Digicameinfo:

– 30.4MP CMOS sensor
– Dual pixel AF CMOS
– Dual pixel RAW file
– AF 61 points
– 150,000-pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
– Anti-flicker
– 7 FPS frame rate
– ISO 100-102,400 (extended)
– Touch panel
– Dust and water resistant (weather sealed)
– Video 30FPS 4K
– 8MP JPEG still image from 4K video
– 120FPS 1080p HD for slow-mo
– Time-lapse movie
– GPS built-in
– Wi-Fi, NFC
– Media compatibility: SD / SDHC / SDXC and CompactFlash TypeII
– USB3.0 terminal, HDMI terminal
– 116.4Mm X 150.7Mm 75.9Mm
– weighs 890g

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There’s a lot that can be deduced from the stats and from the images. For one, the camera pictured above looks as if it may have a smaller form-factor than the outgoing 5D MK III, albeit slight, and that’s probably not a bad thing.

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Otherwise, maybe most notably is the inclusion of on-board GPS and WiFi, which will no doubt be welcomed with open arms the world over, and really stands to reform the workflow of photographers on a whole.

Furthermore we have the 30.4MP sensor, which is logical to be that and no more as not to encroach on the 5DS line, and then perhaps most interesting is the dual pixel raw files. Canon has never been as good as Nikon in terms of dynamic range, and one can’t but help think that this dual pixel may finally bring some closer to the gap between the two.

Anyway, what we’ve got here could be it, or it could be partially it, so keep an eye out in the coming week as we anticipate the official release to be sometime next week.

Source: Digicameinfo

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kelvin Strepen

    What about it’s price?

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  2. Michael Shea

    Any guesses on price?

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    • adam sanford

      I believe CR pegs it between $3200-3500 body only (US), but keep in mind that 5D3 / 5DS folks need a new grip and new batteries for it.

      Canon will formally kit the 5D4 with both the 24-70 f/4L IS and the new (yet to be announced) 24-105 f/4L IS, and one would presume those kits will be in the $4k neighborhood.

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  3. adam sanford

    And it’s ALL about that dual pixel feature — that is absolutely the hotsauce in this new product (at least for stills folks). CR Forums people think it may be a Canon-designed variant of Magic Lantern’s Dual ISO, which — if implemented intelligently — would be a massive boost to DR and latitude in RAW files.

    And for those already in the Canon fold who don’t care about keeping up with Nikon/Sony, the 5D4 will have all the goodies prior models unlocked since the 5D3: touchscreen, DPAF, anti-flicker, broad f/8 AF compatibilty for teleconvertered lenses, etc.

    Only clear letdown for me (a stills only guy) would be no illuminated buttons, no tilty-flippy and my other comment about framerate.

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  4. adam sanford

    They’ve deliberately nerfed the framerate with only one DIGIC chip; it would have been fairly trivial to put a 2nd chip in (7D2 and 5DS both have two), but it would have encroached on 1DX2-lite, and Canon can’t have that! :-P

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  5. Pye Jirsa

    I’m a little underwhelmed by the specs. Hopefully in practice it’s gonna be awesome.

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    • Keem Ibarra

      You gotta remember, the canon 5D line has been a camera aimed towards photographers & videographers, I think so far the specs are decent but this camera should’ve come out 2-3 years ago. VIDEO wise, sony is still ahead, but a camera that can do both with these specs is pretty decent.

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    • Anders Madsen


      I jumped ship about three years back for Nikon, but this honestly looks like a solid workhorse to me.

      Weather sealed and 7 FPS should be perfect for weddings. 30 MP should be more than enough for almost anything (and if not, a 5Ds will fit nicely in the bag along this).

      And, not to be missed, it looks like Canon will finally match the dynamic range of the Sony sensors with a dual pixel sensor (if that means what I think it does, a Fuji SR-like sensor like in the bygone S5 Pro, e.g).

      If the video specifications are backed by the necessary features in firmware (C-log, zebras, focus peaking, e.g.) you would also have something capable of matching Sony for video (except for the EVF), and the dual pixel AF has proven to be very good indeed, especially for run-and-gun type projects (weddings and other event type projects).

      To be honest, I was afraid that Canon would have ignored the rest of the market once again and released a camera designed to NOT compete with the 5Ds, but it looks like they have put together a pretty solid all-round package to me.

      Nof, if just Nikon would follow suit and get off their bloody ass and improve their video features significantly!

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    • Pye Jirsa

      Yeah, @Keem and @Anders, I guess what I mean is that I am not really seeing anything new to the camera that sets it apart. To me these are “catch up”specs that get the camera on par with what other companies are putting out .

      30MP sounds great, so long as the low light is actually now on par with Nikon/Sony, which has been an issue for a while. Canon has lagged on that side pretty badly.

      4K video sounds great and all, but what’s really needed are the focusing and software tools built into the firmware to allow easier focus tracking and better flat profiles to help with dynamic range.

      It’s always hard to judge a camera based solely on specs. I love the specs of the A7s, yet I can’t stand shooting on it.

      So I am looking forward to actually getting this in my hands and seeing how it does.

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    • Steve VanSickle

      I agree. This looks like nice update. Nothing earth-shaking, but an incremental update. Even still, if Nikon has similar updates to its D750 and D810 cameras, I’m wondering if they’ll be enough to make me put down my X-T1 (or pre-ordered X-T2). It’s kind of crazy how far APS-C has come compared to the ~$3000 full frame bodies.

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    • Dave Haynie

      I like the promise of the new Dual-Pixel. Canon’s Dual-Pixel technology has only been about focal plane phase-detect focusing, primarily for video so far. And that’s a good thing to add to the 5D line, the system that started DSLR video pretty much. I’m not surprised about this, either — I think they took the 70D, etc. as time to get this right before putting it in a pro body. But since they put it in models like the C100, that suggests it’s ready.

      However, three years ago, Canon filed a patent that changed it up a bit. The 70D dual-pixel sensors work pretty much as expected — there are two photodiodes in every pixel cell. They can be read independently, so directional differences in lighting per pixel cell can be measured. But in that new patent, while that’s also true, there’s one large and one small photodiode. So while it still does the phase-detect thing, even if these are read together during an exposure, you’re going to get two different light levels from the same pixel. Fuse those, and you’re extending the dynamic range. This is exactly like the old “run and gun” audio trick of recording one mic channel 20-30dB or so below the other on your handheld camcorder. If they did this, they’d potentially extend dynamic range… as long as they don’t screw it all up by adding analog noise off-chip, as Canon’s done so far.

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    • Dave Haynie

      On the other hand, the 4K seems a bit off. Rumors so far claim they’ll be doing the same 500Mb/s 4:2:2 MJPEG used in other Canons, which is quality enough, but primitive even compared to AVC-Intra. Though I guess with CF-UDMA and SD’s UHS-II, not the problem it used to be.

      Other rumors suggest it may be a 1:1 crop 4K only, which is of course what they’ve done on other cameras as well. Thing is, with a 30Mpixel sensor, your 4K 1:1 crop is crunching you down below 35mm cinema crops, with a 1.94x crop factor, to about 20.33mm x 11.33mm. Super35mm is 24.89 mm × 18.66 mm.. this is closer to the Panasonic GH4’s 15.4mm x 8.65mm crop for its 1:1 4K (DCI) image.

      Ideally, they would offer full frame, APS, and 1:1 cropping. No rumors to that effect yet.

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