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Canon 5D Mark IV 4K Video Recording, Review, Editing

Canon 5D Mark IV 4K Video Recording, Review, Editing

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Continuing on in their legacy of powerful workhorse cameras, Canon has released the 5D Mark IV DSLR which is an outstanding still photography option and an able 4K-capable video machine. This multimedia maven offers a newly developed 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with the DIGIC 6+ image processor in order to balance fine detail and resolution with low-light performance and sensitivity. It is able to work within a native range of ISO 100-32000, which can then be expanded to an impressive ISO 50-102400, for sharp, low-noise images in a variety of conditions. Along with these improvements to image quality, users will enjoy a performance boost across the board with an enhanced AF system, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, and much more. 


4K Video Recording

Designed for both professional stills shooting and video recording, the 5D Mark IV supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 30 fps at 500 Mbps, along with Full HD 1080p shooting at 60 fps and HD 720p at 120 fps for slow motion playback. When recording in-camera, 4K video has 4:2:2 sampling and 8-bit color depth, while Full HD 1080p footage has 4:2:0 sampling. Uncompressed Full HD 1080p video can also be saved via HDMI to an optional external recorder with 4:2:2 color sampling. 4K video is recorded using a central 4096 x 2160 area of the sensor at a 1.74x crop in order to record video with an ideal 1:1 pixel sampling ratio, while Full HD recording makes use of the entire full frame. 

Audio can be recorded using the on-board stereo microphone or an optional external mic can also be used via the 3.5mm mic jack. Real time audio monitoring is possible, too, via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 4K video recording also avails the ability to take 8.8MP still frame grabs during playback on the rear touchscreen and save them as single images. 

30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6+ Image Processor 

In line with previous members of the main 5D series, the Mark IV attempts to balance high resolution with low-light performance with a newly developed 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor. This provides a beneficial increase in overall resolution without compromising on sensitivity. Additionally, thanks to the DIGIC 6+ image processor it is paired with, it offers impressive performance within a native range of ISO 100-32000, which can be expanded to ISO 50-102400. 

Versatility is key with the 5D, as it needs to be able to tackle landscapes and weddings with equal ease. By using a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor shooters will be able to more comfortably rely on the camera to capture difficult scenes. This sensor also has face detection as well as flicker detection which can ensure proper exposure in less-than-ideal lighting situations. Along with this, the camera offers an improved continuous shooting rate of 7 fps, making it a great option for events and action. 

Body Design 

A large 3.2″ 1.62m-dot Clear View II LCD monitor is available and features an anti-reflective design for bright, vivid image playback and live view shooting, and its touchscreen interface can be used for intuitive touch-to-focus control and adjusting settings in the menus. 

A dedicated AF mode selection button located beneath the rear joystick offers another avenue for accessing settings, allowing for fast, intuitive access to commonly changed options. 
Dual CompactFlash and SD memory card slots allow you to extend your file saving capabilities by permitting overflow recording or in-camera file type separation while shooting. 
An Intelligent Viewfinder II uses a pentaprism design and offers a bright means for viewing. When using the viewfinder, AF points are highlighted in red for greater visibility in low-light conditions, and the finder can also be configured to display a range of other shooting aids, such as an electronic level, grid, flicker detection, white balance, metering mode, AF information, and other settings. 
A Mirror Vibration Control System helps to minimize mechanical vibrations in order to better ensure sharpness during long exposures or fast continuous shooting bursts. 
A robust magnesium alloy body design is both dust- and weather-sealed to permit working in harsh environments. 

High Density Reticular AF and Dual Pixel CMOS AF Systems 

Ensuring your subject is tack sharp, the 5D Mark IV incorporates an enhanced High Density Reticular AF system, which offers 61 phase-detect points, with all points sensitive to f/8 and 41 of which are cross-type. The center point can function down to -3 EV for working in extremely dim lighting. Compared to previous versions, this sensor has expanded vertical coverage of 24% on the peripherals and 8% in the center in order to better track and locate subjects in the frame. 

In addition to advanced tracking and focusing while using the optical finder for stills, Live View and video can now use Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the actual imaging sensor. This offers about 80% coverage of phase-detection autofocus for faster and more accurate focusing in these modes. It is ideal for video as users will enjoy smoother rack focusing without the downsides normally encountered with contrast-based systems. Also, this works well with the touchscreen functions, allowing shooters to just tap to adjust focus. 

Canon 5D Mark IV pros (in no particular order):

  • DCI 4K (4096×2160) internal video recording in very nice 4:2:2 8 bit quality, with the texture we love from Canon. My video above was shot in very harsh lighting conditions and yet the camera preformed nicely. No overheating or shutting down.
  • World camera with a large selection of frame rates and resolutions: 4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p and HD Ready (720) up to 120p.
  • Dual Pixel AF with touchscreen functionality. It is also easy to control how fast the change between focus points happens.
  • Dual CompactFlash and SD memory card slots for your choice of video recording.
  • Full control of audio with the included headphone and mic jacks.
  • To my eyes, very clean video image in all frame rates. We will review this in detail in our Lab tests.
  • Recording in 1080/50,60p is possible, an important setting for broadcasters and moderate slow-motion lovers.
  • In-camera realtime down convert from 4K to full HD.
  • When picture style is set to “Neutral”, sharpness is already dialled all the way to minimum.
  • Individual frames from 4K video can be saved as new 8.8MP still image files.
  • Higher resolution LCD screen than the Canon 5D Mark III.
  • Same old trusty batteries. Nice for everyone who is replacing their old 5D Mark II and III.

Canon 5D Mark IV cons (in no particular order): 

  • 1.64x crop factor in 4K video mode. While in Full HD and 720p you can shoot in full frame.
  • No C-log. If it was missing on the Canon 1D X Mark II, I did not expect the cheaper 5D Mark IV to surprise me here.
  • MJPEG compression type. Be ready to purchase a bunch of memory cards as it will chew through them fast!
  • Like with other Canon DSLRs that shoot video, there is a 4GB file limit. The camera will automatically create a number for files based on the time of recording. (this apply for cards lower then 256gb).
  • No peaking.
  • No punch in zoom while recording.
  • No screen overlays to help with simulating 2,35:1 or any other ratio but 16:9.
  • Rolling shutter is noticeable. Full measurements coming soon in our lab test.
  • High frame rate 100/120 fps is limited to HD Ready quality only (720p).
  • HDMI output is full HD only, although this time also with embedded audio.
  • Maximum recording time: 29:58 minutes.
  • Canon continues with its tradition of not including an articulated screen in their 5D cameras.

Tips – Canon 5D Mark IV 4K Video to Editing Software 

What we should do when we import/edit Canon 5D Mark IV 4K Video with editing software like Avid Media Composer, FCP, iMovie, DaVinci Resolve etc? No worry, if so, you can try the best Canon 4k video tool - Pavtube 4K Video Converter for Mac (Windows version) to convert your Canon 5D Mark IV 4K Video with editing software best editable formats, like Apple ProRes for FCP, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro/Sony Vegas pro, Avid DNXHD for Avid Media Composer, Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) for iMovie/FCE etc. With it, you can also compress/downscale and convert Canon Mark IV 4K Video to HD 1080p video for more usages like playing, sharing etc. (read review


Wha’s more, you can also edit Canon 5D Mark IV Files with this program: 

Go to “Merge into one File” tab to merge several Canon 5D Mark IV 4K files into single one for editing/playing. 
Go to “Edit” tab and open “Crop” “Effect” “Watermark” “Audio” “subtitle” tab to adjust video zoom, adjust image brightness, and add watermark etc. 
Go to “Setting” tab to adjust Canon 5D Mark IV 4K video bitrate/codec/resolution and more. 


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