The pressure is on for HDR and better video from all cameras. Will manufacturers continue to improve video DSLR and mirrorless cameras? With Panasonic rumored to be bringing 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video to the GH5, and Canon’s latest snub to the video DSLR crowd with the less than appreciated video specs of the Canon 5D Mark IV, I see a definite argument to be made that the cross-breed love affair of the photo and video world could come to an end. This is just an opinion, speculation only, but based on a very real question that manufacturers are going to have to answer for themselves. We published an article a year ago that might be worth revisiting: Are Video DSLRs dying out? When Photo Met Video What started as an afterthought for Canon turned the Canon 5D Mark II into an overnight video sensation, and all the major manufacturers followed suit bringing professional video capabilities to their cameras in the form of video DSLR and mirrorless line-ups. The pinnacle of this trend now is arguably the much loved Sony a7S II. Log gamma profiles and other “pro” features are considered basic requirements for video modes on what are still essentially photo cameras… something we tend to forget. I think we may all soon be reminded that these are in fact photo cameras. With the inevitable push towards HDR deliverables, and camera sensors capable of ever higher dynamic range it is clear that 8-bit 4:2:0 H.264 video, common to these cameras, even with a log gamma curve is no longer going to cut it. Blurred Lines Manufacturers are now faced with a choice. They either have to increase the color bit depth and video quality, as Panasonic is rumored to be doing, offering more, and better image data from the video modes of cameras that officially still sit in a photography product line, or leave video alone and focus on making those cameras the best they can be for professional photography. I would argue that we’ve just seen Canon’s answer to this question. Time will tell how the others will handle it. The result of substantially increasing video quality from stills cameras is a potential conflict of interest with professional video or cinema range cameras in their own product offering. For Panasonic this may not be a huge factor, but neither Canon or Sony can afford to offer a relatively low cost photo camera with video capabilities approaching the FS7, or anything in Canon’s Cinema EOS range. In this context I am not at all surprised about the decisions Canon have made, that will redefine what the new Canon 5D Mark IV is, and where it is targeted… it is, after all, a professional photo camera, and a very good one at that. Panasonic and Fujifilm There are manufacturers with less to lose. Panasonic I have mentioned already, I believe a hypothetical GH5 with 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording could be a real upset, there would be a lot of interest in such a camera from some existing Canon and Sony users despite the smaller sensor. Another player that has nothing at all to lose is Fujifilm, and the new Fujifilm X-T2 looks to be heading in a good direction. Will we begin to see a separation of video from photo from future DSLR and mirrorless platforms? Time will tell, but it is an interesting discussion to have, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. In the end, we will have to wait and see how it plays out.Read more
The wait is finally over and here’s our Canon 5D Mark IV Review. It’s a whole 60g lighter than its predecessor. But will it satisfy the hungry DSLR video user who has been waiting for Canon to come up with a better priced 4K DSLR camera? What’s more, will this camera bring back all those users who once owned a video capable Canon DSLR camera, but ended up looking elsewhere? I will let you decide for yourself. But in the meantime, here are my thoughts after spending a short day with this new camera. Perhaps the most important feature of the Canon 5D Mark IV is its ability to shoot 4K video internally and its advanced autofocus system. However, in my eyes, there’s no doubt that this feature-rich photo camera, with its 30.4 MP and Dual Pixel RAW, is mainly targeted at photographers. When it comes to video recording, it looks like Canon has decided once and for all to make a clear definition between their EOS line of video-enabled photography cameras, and their EOS C line, featuring large sensor cameras that shoot high quality video. Don’t get me wrong, this camera is capable of producing gorgeous-looking video, but lacks some essential features that would make the life of the occasional video shooter a lot easier. Findings in our Canon 5D Mark IV Review: Canon 5D Mark IV pros (in no particular order): DCI 4K (4096×2160) internal video recording in very nice 4:2:2 8 bit quality, with the texture we love from Canon. My video above was shot in very harsh lighting conditions and yet the camera preformed nicely. No overheating or shutting down. World camera with a large selection of frame rates and resolutions: 4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p and HD Ready (720) up to 120p. Dual Pixel AF with touchscreen functionality. It is also easy to control how fast the change between focus points happens. Dual CompactFlash and SD memory card slots for your choice of video recording. Full control of audio with the included headphone and mic jacks. To my eyes, very clean video image in all frame rates. We will review this in detail in our Lab tests. Recording in 1080/50,60p is possible, an important setting for broadcasters and moderate slow-motion lovers. In-camera realtime down convert from 4K to full HD. When picture style is set to “Neutral”, sharpness is already dialled all the way to minimum. Individual frames from 4K video can be saved as new 8.8MP still image files. Higher resolution LCD screen than the Canon 5D Mark III. Same old trusty batteries. Nice for everyone who is replacing their old 5D Mark II and III. A photo extracted directly from the 4K video footage Canon 5D mark iv video crop factor vs. full frame still Canon 5D Mark IV cons (in no particular order): 1.64x crop factor in 4K video mode. While in Full HD and 720p you can shoot in full frame. No C-log. If it was missing on the Canon 1D X Mark II, I did not expect the cheaper 5D Mark IV to surprise me here. MJPEG compression type. Be ready to purchase a bunch of memory cards as it will chew through them fast! Like with other Canon DSLRs that shoot video, there is a 4GB file limit. The camera will automatically create a number for files based on the time of recording. (this apply for cards lower then 256gb). No peaking. No punch in zoom while recording. No screen overlays to help with simulating 2,35:1 or any other ratio but 16:9. Rolling shutter is noticeable. Full measurements coming soon in our lab test. High frame rate 100/120 fps is limited to HD Ready quality only (720p). HDMI output is full HD only, although this time also with embedded audio. Maximum recording time: 29:58 minutes. Canon continues with its tradition of not including an articulated screen in their 5D cameras. Yet to be tested: HDR video mode (full HD only), and time lapse recording. Canon 5D Mark IV HDR on vs. HDR off (functioning in FHD 25p/30p IPB mode only) Conclusion: In my opinion, the new Canon 5D Mark IV is first and foremost a photo camera that can shoot high quality 4K video, and by doing so, helps the professional photographer in his work. As customers, we have to realize that Canon is making a clear definition between its product lines, and if you are in the market for a video camera that shoots high quality video and has all the usual functions from Canon, then you have to look at their EOS C line. We will continue to explore the new Canon 5D Mark IV in the next few days. We will put the camera through its paces in low light situations, check how good the audio quality is for run & gun documentary work, and publish our Lab tests, where we will evaluate dynamic range and rolling shutter. Stay tuned. Camera Picture profile for this video: Neutral. Edited in Adobe Premiere latest edition. Footage from the 3 available resolution was used (4K/1080/720). Slightly color corrected with FilmConvert. (Canon 1D C Neutral preset applied). Music supplied by Art-List, “The Monkey Funk by Yanivi“Read more
The long-awaited Canon 5D Mark IV makes it’s official announcement, with 4K video internal recording and dual pixel autofocus. After what feels like an age since the Mk III was released, Canon have finally caught up with competitors in offering 4K video, 61-point touch screen auto focusing and 2 new zoom lenses to its cameras feature line up. As an operator that switched from Canon to Sony for video, this is welcome news and finally puts Canon back on the map for superb quality photography and filming. 4K video has been long awaited in the DSLR side of Canon cameras, since it’s only been offered in the high spec cinema cameras. 4K is now offered internally in different frame rates (4K Motion JPEG video DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160, but a cropped, non full frame image), with 60p HD resolution and 120fps in 720p too. HD is recorded in full frame, however. The colour bit depth is still 4:2:2 8-bit. This is recorded at 500Mbps MJPEG format, which is also used in the IDX II and 1DC models, that have 4K as a video recording resolution. 8.8mpx stills can be pulled from the 4K video as well. You now have the option of post focusing, as the dual pixel RAW offers photographers the option to choose their focus points after capture, much like the Litro Illum. With updated 4K video, advanced auto focusing features for the video shooter (Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or live view shooting ), Canon is back in the race. But is it enough or too late? Let us know what you think in the comment secession. Stay tuned to our continuous coverage. First impression, fresh footage and lab test results are coming very soon! Post launch edit – A number of readers have commented about the lack of C LOG, and no full HD 120fps slow motion recording. We’ve seen a number of camera manufacturers add log profiles in after a camera release (Panasonic, JVC) so this could be on the horizon in a future firmware update. It’s very optimistic, but Canon is unpredictable with this kind of add in post-release. For the high frame rate slow motion, 120fps in HD isn’t even included in the closely priced C100 mark II. The 1.74x crop in 4K is to eliminate pixel binning from the massive 30.4mp sensor, but will make shooting wide angles somewhat of a challenge. The HD video resolution is a full frame sensor readout. Working with 500Mbps MJPEG files makes the workflow data heavy, but these files can be transcoded into ProRes or another format to make it easier to process and edit in post. The 5D Mark IV is scheduled to be available in early September 2016, but you can already pre-order from our site sponsors by clicking here (B&H) and here (CVP)Read more
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