Built-in Wi-Fi & GPS on the EOS 5D Mark IV
Discover the appeal of the EOS 5D Mark IV, which features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS in a first for the EOS 5D series. You can also conveniently shoot from low or high angles, and check the image in Live View right on your smartphone just before taking the shot. And with geotag information recorded, you’ll be able to display your travelled route which could come in handy for your future shoots. Read on and discover the features that will leave you wanting more! (Reported by: Kazuo Nakahara)
Wi-Fi – freedom to shoot at almost any angle
Camera angle is one of the most critical factors in determining how your photos end up looking. As the first EOS high-end model with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS 5D Mark IV lets you shoot while checking the Live View on your smartphone, allowing you to try out some unexpected angles. This made it a cinch not only for normal low angle shots, but also for ultra-low angle shots for which I was unable to view the LCD monitor previously. I no longer had to rely on just my instincts. Ultra-high angle photography is also possible by mounting the camera on a monopod. With Wi-Fi connectivity, the range of possible photographs is greatly expanded, and is only limited by your creativity.
EOS 5D Mark IV/ EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM/ FL: 16mm/ Aperture-priority AE (f/11, 15 sec., EV±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Daylight
An ultra-low angle shot with the camera placed directly on the ground. I configured the settings and operated the shutter while checking the composition on my smartphone. By shooting from a position lower than that of the car tail lamps, I managed to capture shots of light trails that were more impressive than before.
Tip: Use a monopod for ultra-high angle shots
Mounting the camera on a monopod and raising the angle allows you to command a better view for your shoot. Because the camera position is not stable, I recommend using a shutter speed of 1/400 sec or faster. You could also use an ultra-wide angle lens to effectively emphasise the expansive view.
GPS – Keeps a log of your route for subsequent shoots
EOS 5D Mark IV/ EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM/ FL: 16mm/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/60 sec., EV+1.3)/ ISO 2000/ WB: Auto
1. Log a path of the route travelled
The EOS 5D Mark IV is not only capable of embedding geotag information in your photos. If you go to the menu and set the GPS Logger to "Enable", the camera will also record geotag information at fixed intervals. You can then transfer the log data from the camera's internal memory to a memory card and use Map Utility to display the route travelled. You can also overlay the shooting locations of your photos and travel route onto a map.
The logs are recorded on the camera's internal memory, not to a memory card. The data can then be transferred to a memory card as required.
The camera has good signal reception even when inside a train above ground. Viewing the data on a map allows you to see the route taken for that day at a glance.
2. Check the shooting location on a map
When you shoot with GPS enabled, the geotag information for your photos is recorded. You can then load the data into Map Utility to display the locations of your shoots on a map. This is invaluable for location hunting as it provides detailed information about your outdoor shoot locations or locations you are shooting in for the first time. To conserve battery power, I would recommend setting your camera to "Mode 2" so as to not receive GPS signals while the camera's power switch is set to "Off". When sharing your photos over the Internet, be careful not to leak any personal information by way of the recorded geotag information.
When the camera is set to "Mode 1", it will continue to receive GPS signals even after the camera's power switch is set to "Off". This causes the battery to drain faster even if the camera is not in use, and may result in the battery going flat while in the middle of a shoot. Hence, remember to set your camera to "Mode 2" if you want your camera battery to last longer.
In Map Utility, pins are used to indicate the shooting locations, allowing you to accurately pinpoint your locations for photos you take while travelling.
Want to know more about the various features on the EOS 5D Mark IV? Check out the following:
12 Powerful New Features of the EOS 5D Mark IV
EOS 5D Mark IV: Movie Shooting Features Include 4K and HDR Recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF
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Born in Hokkaido in 1982, Nakahara turned to photography after working at a chemical manufacturing company. He majored in photography at the Vantan Design Institute and is a lecturer for photography workshops and seminars, in addition to working in commercial photography. He is also a representative of the photography information website studio9.
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