Canon 5D Mark IV vs 5D Mark III (Photo Features)

by: Caleb Wojcik     Published on: 28 August 2016

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Canon just announced it, so I'm going to compare the Canon 5D Mark IV to the 4-year old 5D Mark III and share whether this is a solid update for photographers or hybrid shooters.I'll touch on what's new, what's the same, what I wish they would have put in this camera, and who I recommend it to.If you're more interested in the changes in the video features for filmmaking, check out my other comparison video here:— — — — — — — — — 🛒 Check today's prices below:5D Mark IV -— — — — — — — — — 📦 Product HighlightsThere is a now a 30.4 Megapixel sensor vs. the 22.3 Megapixel one in the Mark III. This equates to 36% more pixels.The Native ISO goes up to 32000 in the Mark IV vs. 25600 in the III. You can shoot at 7 frames per second vs. 6 fps before. Canon has added an Intelligent Viewfinder 2.0 system to the optical viewfinder. It has the same Intelligent Tracking & Recognition system that's in the 1DX Mark II, which detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the autofocus point to optimize tracking.They've also updated the metering system in the Mark IV so you get 150,000 pixels of metering vs. the 63-zone dual-layer metering in the Mark III.You can now focus with all 61 auto-focus points at f/8 vs. on the III you could only do that with 1 when using the 1.4x and 2.0x Canon extenders stacked on zoom lenses. You'll now have full focus performance across the whole image.As for other autofocus features, there is now an AF Area Selection button is added next to the joystick, which you can reprogram to some other functions too if you want. They also added a large area AF option.The biggest focus related update is the addition of Dual Pixel Raw photos. In this mode you'll double your file sizes because it takes two 30 megapixel photos, but then you can tweak focus depth & shift bokeh in the Digital Photo Professional app from Canon. Hopefully this will get integrated into programs like Photoshop and LR as well.There is now a Digital Lens Optimizer, which determines the lens you're using and then helps fix barrel distortion, diffraction, and chromatic aberration, but only if you shoot JPEGs. You'll still need to do those things in post if you shoot RAW.Canon added Flicker Detection for when artificial lighting is present and it will fire your shutter at the proper time of maximum brightness of the lighting that isn't flickering. Auto ISO mode also has more options for maximum and minimum ISO, Shutter Speed, & Aperture settings.Moving on to the LCD screen, it has 55% more pixels of resolution and is now a touch screen for navigating menus, changing settings, and even focusing. In Live View mode you can touch the screen to focus & even fire the shutter. You can even do continuous AI Servo focusing in live view mode, with it tracking objects and faces. The 5D Mark IV is now also supposed to focus in one less stop of light (-3 vs. -2 before). Some other features and changes to the Mark IV are they upgraded to USB 3.0, so you'll get faster file transfer during tethered shooting or offloading files.You can get 8.8 megapixel JPEG frame grabs from a 4K video files. Although you'll want to make sure you're using a higher shutter speed than you normally would while recording so there isn't any motion blur from shooting 24 or 30 frames per second.They've built-in wifi & NFC for file transfers to phones, printers, and FTP servers. They've also built-in GPS for tagging where photos were taken, which is helpful for posting location information to Instagram, to have inside Lightroom, or elsewhere.You can also caption photos in camera for IPTC data used by press and photojournalists for image information, rights, contact info, etc.— — — — — — — — — ❤️ SUBSCRIBE TO THIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL 📺Click here to subscribe:— — — — — — — — — 🔧GEAR I USEBelow is a list of gear I use to film my YouTube videos. For a complete list of all equipment I recommend for photography and filmmaking, go to are affiliate links & I will earn a commission %.)🎥 CAMERAS- MAIN — Canon C100 Mark II— VLOGGING — Canon 80D — VLOGGING — Sony RX100 IV — PHOTOS — Canon 5D Mark III— OVERHEAD — Sony RX10 III — OTHER — GoPro Hero 6 Black —— — — — — — — — — 💻 FREE COURSESVideo Gear for Any Budget (7-Day Email Course) — Adobe Premiere Pro 101 (Free Course) — Final Cut Pro X 101 (Free Course) —