5D mark IV – will it break it or make it?

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5d Mark IV?

The latest rumor about a Canon 5D mark IV release is that the specs will be officially released in August. The camera will be available for viewing at Photokina and that it will be available for retail in October. Guestimated retail price is $3500-ish.

The “leaked” specs are as follows:

  • 32MP sensor / 24.2MP mode
  • 61 AF Points (41 cross-type)
  • DIGIC 7+ (Single)
  • 7fps
  • ISO 100-51,200 (expandable options)
  • 3.2″ touchscreen LCD
  • CFast/SD card slots
  • Wifi built-in
  • GPS built-in
  • BG-E20 battery grip
  • LP-E20 battery
  • Slight weight reduction

So how about the 32 MP sensor? I don’t need 32 MP and frankly, it takes up to much room considering all the backup versions required to be safe. I would like to see though, an improvement in dynamic range and improved light sensitivity.

61 AF points… yada, yada.

DIGIC 7+? It is in the new PowerShot G/ X Mark II from Canon. Don’t know much about the actual performance of this sensor. Early reviews are not optimistic and saying that the new sensor does not deliver up to it’s promise. Not encouraging news.

7 fps, well that’s alright. I’m not a sports photographer.

ISO range is also acceptable. I’m more interested in how much noise the higher end will produce.

3.2″ touchscreen is good. I’m hoping against all reason that it will be a “flippy-screen”. To be able to tilt the screen in live view is a big benefit of the 70D. I understand that weather sealing for a pro-model might make this impossible.

CFast/SD cards slots. I have no issue with this at all.

Wifi build-in. Canon please, please, please make the interface simpler than on the 70D. As an example, our GoPro 4 is 100% better in terms of user friendliness.

GPS built in. Please don’t make it drain batteries.

LP-E20 battery. New battery again? I swear Canon makes half of its revenue on batteries and ink alone. I was hoping to be able to keep my 70D batteries, given the ridiculous price of Canon original batteries.

When looking at the specs – the sensor needs to be really, really good for the camera to be a big improvement of the Canon 5D mark III.

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