After too long a wait, the Canon 5D Mark IV is finally here. Though the first consumer batch only started shipping this week, I was lucky enough to have gotten my hands on a pre-order model before they were sold out.

I placed the order for my Mark IV on Tuesday of last week (August the 30th), and I took delivery of it yesterday (September the 8th). As I was one of the first people in Hong Kong to pre-order the camera, I also receive a miniature Hansa Canon model, an 8GB USB in the shape of the EF 16-35 2.8L III, and a SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SD card as freebie gifts.

The new 5D Mark IV comes in the standard black and grey box that all single-digit Canon bodies come in.  I honestly find it surprisingly simple for a 3,500 dollar camera, but hey it’s what’s on the inside that matters, right?

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Opening up the box you’ll find the instruction manuals, warranty card, and software CDs. Obviously you won’t find anything spectacular here. The basic Canon warranty is good for 12 months, and you can choose to extend it for an extra fee.

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Underneath the “paperwork compartment” are the real goodies. The camera itself is packaged decently with thin plastic and plenty of bubble wrap. The compartment on the left contains a charging cable for the battery charger and a USB cable for the camera.

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Underneath is the neck strap, the LP-E6N battery, the battery charger, and a Canon Eg eyecup. The two cables are seen on the right.

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The build quality and ergonomics of the Canon 5D Mark IV is very similar to that of the Mark III, and pretty much what you would expect from a top-of-the-line Canon DSLR body. With a magnesium alloy body, it looks and feels significantly more sturdy than my old 70D, which had quite a noticeable plastic feel to it. The Mark IV does in its construction than the Mark III (mainly to help with GPS/WiFi signals), but the difference is not very evident as the plastic is of rather high quality.

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The back of the Canon 5D Mark IV is nearly identical to that of the Mark III, with the addition of a small multi-function toggle near the joystick that can be bounded to several different functions. I’m currently using it for quick switching between different AF modes (manual vs auto point selection etc).

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Though I haven’t been yet been able to fully test the new Mark IV, my first impressions are very positive. Despite some very obvious shortcomings in terms of video recording, the Canon 5D Mark IV is a spectacular stills camera, which is what it’s supposed to be. The high ISO noise performance is amazing, with images at ISO 256000 coming out cleaner than what I get at ISO 1600 or 3200 on my 70D. The dynamic range is also several steps ahead of the Mark III, which received some criticism for having poor dynamic range. The Mark IV is a great all-rounder camera, and I can definitely see it matching if not exceeding the popularity of the Mark III.