Canon’s New EOS 5D Mark IV Lets You Focus After Shooting

Canon’s New EOS 5D Mark IV Lets You Focus After Shooting

Canon’s best camera just got even better. The new EOS 5D Mark IV has a 30.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, will record 4K video, and can snap away at 7 frames per second, but it’s also the first Canon SLR that lets you focus after you’ve taken a photo.

That’s a pretty amazing feature for a proper digital SLR — not just a point-and-shoot toy from Lytro — and it comes courtesy of the first implementation of what Canon calls Dual Pixel RAW, a new file format that includes another level of image metadata.

Like the difference between a flat JPG and a versatile RAW’s extra colour channels and exposure information, Dual Pixel RAW comes at a massive size premium over the smaller file formats — around double from what we’ve seen, with a 37MB RAW translating into a 67MB DPRAW — but captures image parallax information using dual-pixel focus arrays on the 5D Mark IV’s sensor — you might have heard of them before on previous Canon SLRs, but now that image data is being put to good use.

The 5D Mark IV’s 30.4-megapixel sensor has a native ISO range of 100 to 32000, and that’s expandable by a couple of stops in either direction to a total range of 50 to 102,400. A 61-point autofocus system includes 41 cross-type AF points, and it’ll focus all the way down to -4EV if you’re willing to use Live View mode. It’ll capture video at up to DCI 4K (4096x2160pixels) at 30/25/24fps, up to 120fps frame rates for 720p HD — and 8.8-megapixel frames can be extracted from that 4K video output too.

As well as under the hood developments, the new EOS 5D Mark IV is even more water- and dustproof than its predecessors, and also has built-in Wi-Fi and support for GPS geotagging. The redesigned shutter is good for 7fps full-resolution snaps, with up to 21 RAWs stored in the temporary buffer or an unlimited number of JPEGs. There’s also a variety of silent burst and single-shot photo settings for the stealthier photographers amongst us.

Alongside the 5D Mark IV, Canon has also updated two of its more versatile L lenses, with the new 24-105 f/4L IS II USM becoming a new kit lens option for higher-end EOS models and the 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM further improving on the well-regarded wide-angle classic.

Here’s what you get in the box:

Canon doesn’t share RRPs for its cameras and lenses — saying that “prices will be set at dealer discretion” — but all three new bits of gear will go on sale from 8 September.

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