I reported last week my sources informed me Canon will be adding a brand new feature to the upcoming EOS-5D Mark IV camera. They are playing their cards very close to their chest and not revealing much except to generate maximum publicity and excitement for the launch next month.
The EOS-5D Mark IV is Canon's most anticipated pro camera after the EOS-1D X Mark II because it promises a continuation of the highly successful EOS-5D line into a new decade. My latest information points to the camera coming with dual card slots - CFast 2.0 and the newer SDXC UHS-II.
Canon will be announcing the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens with the new camera. This is my favorite Canon 'wide to short' zoom 'L' lens and it can really take advantage of an upgrade. Looks like Canon has decided to offer the new camera and lens as a kit. I have not decided whether to buy the EOS-5D Mark IV when it comes out. I view the new camera as a little brother to the EOS-1D X Mark II and a more agile cousin to the EOS-5Ds. However, I will definitely buy the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Series II lens.
So what brand new feature would you like to see in a pro DSLR body that is unavailable so far? Don't know about you but I certainly would like to see a built-in flash instead of the GPS, but that wouldn't happen.
Now the rumor mill is saying the sensor may be a 30MP and there will not be no CFast memory slot in the camera. There is also a supposedly leaked image of the camera. In it, one can see a different pentaprism on top of the camera but the Mark IV lettering below the 5D makes me doubt the photo is real. It is possible and I am trying to get more information through my sources.
Canon is trying to keep the Mark IV's list price as close to the Mark III ($3,499) as possible but the appreciation of the Yen is making it very difficult for them. Below is the latest information I have on the new camera right now. The EOS-5D Mark IV will be announced on August 25, in time for the Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany on September 20. Keep checking back. I am trying to confirm the specs below as the announcement is approaching.
- New 26 to 28MP Sensor. May be 30MP.
- DIGIC 7 Processor. Dual DIGIC 6 Processors also possible
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
- ISO 100 - 51200 with expanded capability to 204800
- 61 point AF system (same as EOS-1D X Mark II)
- Red AF points in AI Servo (same as EOS-1D X Mark II)
- Burst rate of 7 to 8 fps. Most probably 7 fps
- Comes with WiFi and GPS
- Canon Log and Wide DR gamut
- Equipped with SDXC UHS-II and CFast memory slots
- Improved material and ergonomics. Slightly lighter
- Touch screen capability to catch up with Nikon
- 4K video, slightly exceeding EOS-1D X Mark II's capability
- New Battery Grip - BG-E20
- New Battery - LP-E20
- EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II offered as a kit with camera
- Announcement date - August 25, 2016
- List price - between $3,299 and $3,499 in the U.S.