There are a couple of reasons Canon is known for video. For one, Canon has been in the video business a long time. They have made and continue to make professional camcorders. They’re one of the “big four” along with Sony, Panasonic, and JVC, in camcorders.
And then there’s the Canon EOS 5D mk IV… the camera that pretty much defined the use of DSLRs for video. Yes, Nikon actually came out with video in a DSLR first, in the Nikon D90. It was fairly inevitable anyway, given that most P&S cameras were adding video in those day. But Canon did it better, first with full HD in the 5D mk II, 1080/30p, and then later 1080/24p, also in the 5D mk II, delivered as a free software update. By some accounts, half of the 5Ds mk II and III sold are used primarily for video.
The Canon EOS 5D series is arguably one of the most recognizable camera lines of the digital age and the Mark IV is designed to appeal to the same wide range of enthusiasts and professionals. Nearly identical-looking to its predecessor, it receives substantial upgrades under the hood, including: a higher-resolution sensor with Dual Pixel auto-focus, 4K video capture, an upgraded AF system, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS. All this adds up to a camera that fits into Canon’s product line nicely as the all-around full-frame option.
It is built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II and contains 61 AF points (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24% expanded vertical coverage compared with the system in the Mark III. The center point is sensitive to -3EV in One Shot (AF-S) mode (in Live View the sensor is sensitive to -4EV with a fast lens).
Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specifications
- New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
- DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
- Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
- ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
- 7 fps continuous shooting
- Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
- 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
- 1.62M-dot 3.2″ full-time touchscreen
- Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
- Built-in bulb timer interval timers
- Improved weather-sealing
Canon also put video features in pretty much all of their DSLRs, from low-end to top end. They came out with the very high-end, video-specific EOS 1D C camera, and a whole line of EOS-mount professional “cinema cameras” in the EOS Cxxx series, even higher-end cameras using DSLR sensor technology but with a more familiar camcorder workflow.
New Canon Digital Cinema Line SLR Camera
Canon Inc. the company is developing a new-concept EOS-series digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Incorporating an enhanced version of the video-capture capability offered in the current EOS-series lineup, the new camera will be ideally suited for cinematographic and other digital high-resolution production applications. The model will be equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and, enabling the recording of 4K video (at a frame rate of 24P, with Motion-JPEG compression), will make possible the type of exceptional image quality and sublime imaging expression to be expected from the next generation of “EOS Movies.”
Canon is the industry standard for serious indie/budget filmmakers.