What the 5D MKIV Needs to Have For Me to Buy It

I’ve been shooting with a Canon 5D MKIII since its release, and while I love the camera, I feel like next year I will be ready for an upgrade. Since the 5D MKIII was released, Nikon has upped its game with the D810 and D750, and Sony has come out with some incredible sensors. Most of these newer cameras have better low light performance, dynamic range, and overall image quality than the 5D MKIII. Here’s what the 5D MKIV will need to have for me to consider buying it:

Has to have:

  • Better dynamic range. According to DxO Mark, the 5D MKIII is rated at 11.7EV. The D750 and D810 are 14.5 and 14.8, respectively. That’s a big difference.
  • Lower noise at high ISO and lower shadow noise.
  • 18-24mp. I’m not picky on this – whatever helps keep the noise down, while still providing excellent image quality.
  • Better focusing in low light.
  • UHS-II for the SD card slot. Or dual-CF instead.
  • DIGIC 7 processor.

Awesome to have:

  • Larger burst. 7-9fps vs. the current 6.
  • 4K video. Nice to have, but I’d also take better codec in 1080p / RAW video.
  • All cross-type AF points. 61 of ’em.
  • I’d like them to stick to CF cards, as CFast is expensive and unnecessary for this camera, but I could see them going with CFast to stay ahead of the curve, especially if 4K video is involved.

And that’s it. I’m not asking much, really. It doesn’t need to be 36mp. It doesn’t need a redesign. It just needs a better sensor and better image quality, and a few other tweaks. If Canon can do that, they’ll keep me as a customer. If they can’t, I’m going to have to look elsewhere.


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