It’s likely next year that Canon will update the 5d III which has been an exceptional wedding camera and produce the new 5d4. Since it’s closing in on Christmas I thought I’d ask Santa Canon to take into account my wishlist for the camera. Obviously these are based on my needs as a wedding photographer…
Here we go! They’re in rough order of importance to me.
- Larger buffer. Around 13 frames isn’t quite enough for bursts coming down the aisle or confetti.
- Improved viewfinder which allows you to see the focus points when in the dark and in the bright light.
- Ability to adjust the exposure compensation when using auto ISO in manual mode.
- Improvement to low light focus accuracy. Sometimes it’s just not perfect, especially under tungsten light.
- 1 stop better high ISO performance (1/2 stop better than the 6d) in RAW, bring it to around the same performance as the 1dx.
- Higher dynamic range at low ISO and generally cleaner shadows throughout the ISO range. I don’t often need this, but any improvement would be of benefit at times. At the very least, remove all shadow pattern noise, as has been done with the 7d2.
- Latest greatest AF system from the 7d2 and 1dx with the ability to track subjects around the frame.
- Expanded options for auto ISO in general
- More shutter speed options
- Better auto minimum shutter speed options (such as taking into account a very minimum shutter speed, and knowing if a lens has IS etc..)
- Fast UHS1 SD card for backup.
Nice to have
- Ability to use the front button to switch from AI Servo to One Shot with a single click, rather than holding it down.
- Longer battery life.
- Lighter camera without compromising quality.
- Semi-automatic lens micro adjustment using dual pixel AF technology.
- Integrated AF assist for low light focusing without a flash on the camera.
- Higher resolution screen with auto brightness that actually works in practice.
- New control from the 7d2 to allow changes to the focus zones.
- Metering linked to AF point.
- A larger viewfinder magnification.
- Increased shutter life.
- No anti-aliasing filter.
Keep it as it is
- Resolution. I’m personally very happy with 22mp. Produce a difference camera for high resolution since, with weddings, I don’t want to waste space. If it needs increasing, 26mp maximum.
- 6fps is plenty for this camera for my needs.
- Silent shutter. This was one of the best wedding improvements with the 5d3 and I’d never wish to go back to a loud shutter again.
To be honest there isn’t a massive amount that I really want from the 5d4. The 5d3 was nearly the perfect wedding camera and has let me down very very infrequently.
If you’d like, you’re welcome to read what I thought about the previous camera is my 5d3 review.
Thank you Canon!