Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?

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Just recently a rumor surfaced stating that Canon may announce the EOS 5D Mark IV at the beginning of 2015. Now I have been told (thanks) that the successor of the EOS 5D Mark III could feature 4k video. The feature is going to be implemented, so the source, to further push the 5D into the videographers domain.

Currently Canon is featuring 4k on the EOS-1D C (Adorama | B&H Photo). It would be a more than welcome move if the 5D Mark IV would deliver 4k! Canon added HD recording to the EOS 5D Mark II, let’s hope the EOS 5D Mark IV will make the next step. Just to remind: full HD has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4K has a resolution of 4096 x 2160.

Take it with a grain of salt. Canon has been very smart in keeping their plans secret in the last time. It’s still a long time until we will see the EOS 5D Mark IV.

  • Jim Wilson

    EOS 5D Mark II, let’s hope the EOS 5D Mark IV will make the next step. Just to remind: full HD has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4K has a resolution of 4096 x 2160… Imaging shooting 4K resolution which means obtaining 30 frames per second where each frame is over 8MP, one could select the exact frame in a sports venue for publication, recalling that 7.2MP produces an oustanding 8″x10″ photo print… I want the CANON EOS 5D Mark IV, or the next generation Canon 1D digita…

  • Chuck Coverly

    Jim, I entirely agree with you on the single frame from video thing. It’s very exciting to get just the right shot. The only problem I see is that in order to record 8MP at 30 fps, some serious compression has to be going on. Not as obvious during moving video, but individual frames, especially in fast moving scenes, would introduce some unwanted compression artifacts that would degrade image quality.

    If this camera were to offer the ability to record all frames in RAW format, sign me up!!

    • FB

      You’re right about pulling stills from a video, and resolution aside, there’s always the problem of the shutter angle, so if you’re shooting at 30 fps, you’d get 1/60sec exposure per frame, too slow to have incredibly sharp images in a sports scenario.

      “If this camera were to offer the ability to record all frames in RAW format, sign me up!!”

      I doubt it’s going to happen. Not even Canon Cine-cameras have that option. If you’re looking for something like that, then you should look at the Red Epic (and it’s not even “real”, uncompressed Raw).

      • ziplock9000

        or Camera Raw…

      • $18205400

        If you shoot for usable cinematic video then yes the shutter is an issue, otherwise you can shoot 4K and crank it up to 11. But I could not wait for canon and got a A7s from Sony which has crazy framerates, almost like watching an old chaplin movie.

    • Yirmin

      As long as they provide an uncompressed HDMI connection you could always use an add on capture device that could capture everything uncompressed…. but what would make it much more useful would be a global shutter especially if you are going to be using it for fast moving sports. Otherwise you’ll have jello shots that wont be useful whether they are uncompressed or not.

  • dg hhffgh

    Ah, finally a newsworthy bit of rumor here at news-sparse CannonWatch.com. Would hope that Canon went 4K with the next 5D, because if they don’t, they will be WAY behind the pack come the 5D to supersede this rumored model for 2015. One day, not far off, even the cheapest pocket-cam will have 4K. Let’s just hope that Cannon gets a better codec, or bit speed, than the average 4K consumer device. Have a feeling they will not be putting ProRes on the next 5D.

  • KerryL

    Sony is making all the significant improvements in sensor capability. Canon is lagging. A DSLR is first and foremost a “still camera”. Canon was the first to facilitate video capability in the DSLR primarily for journalists needs. Seeing this success, Canon created a new niche with the C300, etc. Canon needs to get back to the sensor and focus on improving DR (Dynamic Range) and low light IQ / high ISO. At the end of the day… it’s about getting as close as the engineers can to a medium format IQ in a DSLR body.

  • ziplock9000

    Makes sense, but Canon (and Nikon) have to be very careful not to fall behind the competition. Which in some areas they are already.

  • antonio

    Of coarse 5D Mark IV will feaure 4K, What else can they offer? Sony is leading the market and you can see a massive move to that brand. If Sony can adapt the EF lens mount then the choise is clear. Canon lenses belongs to the top 3 of the world. But they’re ways behind Sony and others in cam tech. If they want to stay als a market leader there’s no doubt they will bring up 4K. I hope they can do even better then that. Let’s hope they can bring 10 or 12 bit uncompressed video to the SD media. Even if the duration of a full SD will be very limited it’s OK. For long durations you can buy a real video cam. But for shooting less then 30 min. Profs & semi proffs wants 1 camera for photo & film.

  • Hershall Bott

    Canon will never put 4K video into their still cameras. People need to remember these are STILL cameras first. Why would they want to cannibalize their video line? Feel free to be hopeful, but try not to be delusional.

  • Mike D

    I’m hoping that if Canon do introduce a 5D mk4, that it won’t be 4K, simply because, if this pushes up the pixel count on the sensor, then the burst mode for the unti will, I suspect be heavily reduced! I would like to see a something like an upgrade to the 5D mk3, something like the upgrade that occurred on the 7D!

  • Christine Feaster

    The 5D Mark III was close to perfect for me. The biggest issue I wish they would address is highlighting the focus point in low light. It grabs focus in the dark but I can’t see what I’m focusing on because the focus points remain black.