Canon EOS 5D mk IV is the best of Canons (but still behind Sony and Nikon), DxOMark says

Sep 14, 2016

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Canon EOS 5D mk IV is the best of Canons (but still behind Sony and Nikon), DxOMark says

Sep 14, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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You know that you were waiting for this. After trashing the Canon 5Dmk4 no clean HDMI output for 4K, Rolling shutter issues and lack of many video features, finally there is something nice to say about the camera.

The final score is 91, which is better than any camera in the Canon line up. But, according to DxO, it is not just an overall score thing, the 5dmk4 beats the Canon gang on every single aspect (aside sports on the 1Dx mkII).

Here is the breakdown from DxO on the top Canon bodies:

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Told you that this is good new for the 5Dmk4 lovers. Want some more good news? The Canon 5dmk4 also boasts killer dynamic range and low light performance. According to DxOMark:

… For print results, the dynamic range holds up pretty well, offering similar levels at ISO 1600 compared to the 5D Mark III at ISO 100 – 11.46 Ev vs 11.7 Ev.

In fact, Dynamic Range doesn’t drop below a good score of 10 EV until ISO 6400, and although at the expanded 51,200 and 102,400 ISO sensitivities it drops down relatively low, at the highest native ISO of 25,600, it’s still a respectable 7.83 EV…

… Color depth remains above an excellent 20 bits up to ISO 1600, with good color over 17 bits at ISO 6400

But, there is a grain of salt there. The 5Dmk4’s score is 91, that’s a 10-points jump from the 5Dmk3’s 81. But comparing to Nikon’s D810 and Sony’s Ar7II (97 and 98 respectively) Canon still has some envy issues.

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The only advantage seems to be Low light over the Nikon.

So, now that you have some good news, are you getting one?

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16 responses to “Canon EOS 5D mk IV is the best of Canons (but still behind Sony and Nikon), DxOMark says”

  1. Casey Braunger Avatar
    Casey Braunger

    Honestly, those differences are negligible. If you love Nikon, go Nikon. If you love Canon, go Canon. Personally, I love Canon and bought the MKIV. Could not be happier with it (besides not being able to properly process the raws yet, but that’s not Canon’s fault, it’s adobe’s.)

  2. Richard Avatar
    Richard

    Having had an 810 since it’s release, I can tell ya I’m hoping for the D850 ( or whatever they name it ) to be released sooner rather than latter…

  3. James Thomas Avatar
    James Thomas

    I own all three brands. I would rank Canon a whole step behind Nikon and Sony in sensor image quality. About twice as much noise as Nikon and Sony, and a much less accurate color profile. Though some of the Canon L lenses are stellar.

    1. Travis Alex Avatar
      Travis Alex

      What sony camera are you comparing too? I would say if you own a A7rII and think the Mark III/IV or D810 is better, then you don’t know how to take photos.

  4. PaulB Avatar
    PaulB

    Not surprised… Canon cannot keep up with the dynamic range of the Sony sensor in the Nikon and Sony cameras

  5. Rick Satterwhite Avatar
    Rick Satterwhite

    Canon is fortunate to have many users with heavy investments in their glass. It didn’t stop me though from gravitating over to Nikon and their D800 series.

    With that being said I’ve been thinking about moving to a Sony a7rii and picking up an 85 f1.4 GMaster along with the 135 f1.8 and a to e mount adapter.

  6. Manuel Sanchez Avatar
    Manuel Sanchez

    Nerds and pixel peepers rejoice, another useless Dxomark test is out.. Now you have all the firepower to troll your way around the Internet for another few months.. Get out and shoot fuckers, all that bs it’s pointless if you can’t use the equipment..

    1. Travis Alex Avatar
      Travis Alex

      It’s not anyone elses fault if they are right. Sony is a far better product, and the sooner you, and companies like Nikon and Canon accept it, the better the industry will innovate.

  7. Tom Mang Avatar
    Tom Mang

    Too much focus on video. I didn’t buy a video camera I shoot stills exclusively

  8. Sollis Janus Avatar
    Sollis Janus

    tech junkies was never great artist they worry to much about DR rather then art it self , so only way they get self-stimulus is by getting cameras with best sensor rating from DXo.

    1. Travis Alex Avatar
      Travis Alex

      Oh a dumb comment. I’ll bite. Check out Artists like Chase Jarvis, Zach Arias, Jermey Cowart, and Benjamin Von Wong who are “Tech Junkies” and see if your comment holds any ground ;)

  9. Oskars Izaks Avatar
    Oskars Izaks

    4K video, cropped :D

  10. Tweakie Avatar
    Tweakie

    Canon has never been about numbers,,

  11. Tom Healy Avatar
    Tom Healy

    So why do most press photographers in the world use Canom?

  12. Kristijan Keretic Avatar
    Kristijan Keretic

    So much people switching to Nikon and Sony now days. I just need some full-frame Canon body with the price in range of my old 5D mk II or Nikon 750, with Nikon D750’s DR, without video, with 1/8000 shutter and ~25mpix of resolution. As it seems now my only option is to switch to the dark side with a glass or two.

  13. AbelB Avatar
    AbelB

    I already have a Canon5DM4. I like it. but for selfie photos, I use my Canon 6DM2 due to its articulated screeen..