Canon introduced this week the latest edition in its family of full-frame EOS DSLR cameras, bringing a host of upgrades including 4K video capture.

The 5D Mark IV will record 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video, besting the 5D Mark III’s Full HD 1080 limit. It also offers a new full-frame sensor design with improved autofocus, AF metering and built-in GPS.

The camera goes on sale Sept. 8th at a $3,499 suggested retail for the body only and will be available in two kits – one including a 24-70mm f4 lens for $4,399 and one including a new 24-105mm f4 II lens for $4,599.

The 5D Mark IV’s new sensor adds the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS with 30.4-megapixel resolution and phase-detection autofocus points sharing each imaging pixel. The system improves overall autofocus and is especially adept at handling video and Live View shooting.

Read more on the Canon 5D Mark IV after the jump:

The new sensor also upgrades to a 61-point High Density Reticular AF autofocus system that is said to provide AF sensitivity down to -4 EV in Live View. It also adds iTR face- and color-detection technology.

The metering system is the same as that used in the EOS 5DS models, and video processing system steps up to the Digic 6+ system.

For video, the Canon 5D Mark IV takes the unusual step of capturing up to the DCI-recommended 4K resolution of 4,096 x 2,160 pixels at 24/30 fps. The higher resolution offers video with more fine detail and enhanced color, while enabling extracting up to 8.8-megapixel images. The camera is also said to support high dynamic range (HDR).

Full HD 1080p capture is available up to 60fps and 720p capture is offered at up to 120fps. The camera features built-in slow motion.

The Canon 5D Mark IV does not include an option for 4K Ultra HD 3840×2160, which provides a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, which fits flat-panel TV screens better than the 1.9:1 in the 4096×2160 format.

The camera offers a continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second without autofocus, autoexposure and image stabilization.

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Key features include: Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS. The latter can be used to geotag images as well as sync the time across multiple bodies. The Wi-Fi connection will allow transferring files to smart devices.

Also included is a new Dual Pixel raw format that enables boosting image sharpness via sub-pixel adjustments in software.

The camera includes a 3.2-inch 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor, native 100-32,000 ISO range, which is expandable to ISO 102,400, CF and SD card slots, USB 3.0 connection, 4:2:2 color handling, and 8-bit 500mbps MJPEG compatibility.

By Greg Tarr


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