Passion for the Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

By Shinya Yoshimori

It is the most versatile in the range


The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The EOS 5D Mark IV is core to Canon’s full-frame series. Along with the EOS 5D Mark III, it is the successor to the EOS 5D, which was released in 2005 and proved widely popular. The EOS 5D Mark IV, which went on sale last September, features a 30.4MP CMOS sensor and enhanced abilities of continuous shooting and high sensitivity shots. It is equipped with 4K videos and a touch panel, making it more creative and useful than the predecessors.

What I like about the EOS 5D Mark IV is HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, which is not new (the EOS 5D Mark III employed it). It automatically shoots normal, under- and over-exposure images at a time and then synthesizes them to make the image combined rich in tone like a painting. Though other camera manufacturers also use it for their own models, the EOS 5D Mark IV’s stands out because it is attractive for its versatility.


Its enhanced built-in optical image stabilisation is also good. Without Digital Photo Professional, a RAW software, it prevents diffraction during shooting a photo.

I used the EOS 5D Mark IV with the EF24-70mm F4L IS USM and the EF70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM to take snaps in a zoo and botanical garden.

Sample photos

Though the EOS 5D Mark III which was released five years ago is still attractive, the successor is better in many ways. For instance, Intelligent Viewfinder II is very useful, which involves a transmissive LCD to show various shooting information in the viewfinder. I’m not very happy with the number of continuous shooting in RAW+L mode. Still, it is amazing that a full-frame camera with the 30.4MP censor achieves high-speed continuous shooting at 7fps. If crop mode were added to it like the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R, it would have been better. But this is too much asking. The EOS 5D Mark IV is the most versatile in the range.


Shinya Yoshimori

He is a professional photographer in Japan. He comments on cameras and lenses and is regarded in the industry as the man who likes cameras the most in the world. He loves everything about cameras from taking photos to seeing to touching to buying and dreaming of cameras. Not surprisingly, he collects a variety of cameras from digital to compact to classical to silver salt. The column title expresses his deep passion for them in his native accent (Hiroshima in western Japan)―Washa camera ga sukinajya (I love cameras).


New name: the title of Yoshimori’s column has been slightly changed from “My Passion is the Camera”.

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