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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 10 of 25

Left & Right Sides of Camera


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 10 of 25

Left & Right Sides of Camera


Lesson Info

Left & Right Sides of Camera

Next up, we're moving over to the left hand side of the camera. Most of the cameras will have an auto focus, manual focus switch on them, use as necessary. Many of their lenses will have stabilizer switches which you can use as necessary once again. And we're gonna take a look at the ports on the camera. First us is the HDMI port, and so if you wanna connect up to a TV, say you wanna do a little slide show showing movies or stills from the camera, you can do it output there. You can use it for monitors. Unfortunately, no 4K output. Don't ask me why, I just know that it doesn't, alright? So no 4K output from that. There is a digital terminal which is basically your USB jack for plugging for downloading images to a computer for instance. It is a USB 3.0 port so it is faster than on previous cameras. You may have noticed that when you got your camera, there is this cable protector that screws into the little screws down here, and so if you are leaving your camera hooked up, say you're tet...

hered to a computer and you don't want that cable falling out of your camera, there is a cable protector that screws in there so that the cord is not likely to get pulled out. Do be careful about tripping in the studio and things like that because that'll pull the whole camera and the tripod off potentially. The PC sync, and this is used for a variety of devices for hooking up usually to studio strobes or flash equipment. Microphone input, so if you wanna record better quality sound, the camera does not have the worlds greatest microphone built into it so you wanna get an add-on microphone. You're gonna be able to plug it in here. Still got the standard stereo mini-jack, and if you want to monitor sound, you can use the headphone jack, plug in your standard headphones to monitor the sound through that there as well. Looking over on the right side of the camera, there is a little symbol here for NFC. This is the wireless capability, something that we'll be talking more about in the remainder of this class. Talking about the way that this camera can view images through as smartphone or smart device, sending images back and forth and we'll be looking at those when we get into the communication settings in the setup menu. And of course, this is the card door where we're sticking out CF and SD cards, and so camera uses each of these. It does not have a UHS-II system, it's just using the UHS-I system. Uses all of the common modern day CF memory cards. Bit of information about the memory cards. We obviously have many different sizes available in this camera for the SD cards, there's HC and XC versions which is just indicating the different size. It handles everything that is currently out on the market. The maximum speed might be important for people who shoot in burst images, and you're shooting a lot of pictures very very quickly. The faster this is, the faster your camera will be able to download those images onto the memory card, and free up the buffer space so you can continue shooting. For those of you shooting video, you wanna be looking at the minimum speed of the card. When you shoot video, it's very intensive in recording data and it needs to keep up the minimum speed as fast as possible, and so you want as fast of card as possible if you're doing a lot of recording. In general, once again, if you're doing 4K recording, I highly recommend only using CF cards for that. You can do some testing with your SD cards, it may work fine depending on how fast your cards are, and of course in the future we're gonna have faster cards, and this may be a issue in the future with much faster SD cards. But it is still utilizing only that UHS speed class one and not the speed class three that is on other cameras at this time. And then there is a bus speed about, speaking to kind of the overall capabilities of that camera, or of the card, excuse me. And so, once again, shooting lots of video, that's when you need a really fast card. So, the camera does have a USB 3.0 connection, but that doesn't mean it's fastest way to get your images from the camera down to the computer. I'd recommend using a card reader if speed is important, because the camera still doesn't have that UHS-II or the three system, it has the UHS-I system, so it still is a little bit slower pulling images off the card. It's pretty fast getting them out of the camera, and it's still also good if you just wanna pull the card out and plug it straight into the computer if you have that option on your computer. One of the options we can have is in the shooting menu number one under release shutter without a card, is we can lock our camera up so that it will not fire a photo if there is no memory card in the camera. Because we don't wanna take pictures if there's not film in our camera, right? And this will lock the shutter, and it makes sense for most people unless you are working in a camera store and you're trying to demonstrate the sound and the actions of the camera, even though you don't have a memory card in that camera itself. With new memory cards, you wanna format the memory card so that it has a clear line of communication with your camera. I like to format my memory cards any time I go out on a new shoot. I like to go out with a fresh memory card that doesn't have any data or file directories or ghost images or anything else on the memory card, and formatting that card will clean it off of all of its old data. And then if you wanna control where you are storing your images, on the SD card or onto the CF card, you wanna go into the setup menu under recording functions, and you'll be able to select which card you wanna record to. You can also create folders on those cards, so if you wanna create sub-folders within those cards where images are going, you'll be able to do that as well. And we will once again, we'll go in through that in the second half of this class, when we go through the menu settings.

Class Description


  • Leverage the new customized viewfinder and quick menu options for superior customization
  • Use and understand the new 4K video recording with frame grab and Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Use Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS for remote operation and location tagging
  • Understand Canon camera features that cross over to several Canon EOS models
  • Control the camera from the biggest tools to the smallest details


The Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV is a workhorse Canon camera, hauling features from the 30-megapixel full-frame sensor to the 4K video and 7 fps burst speed. But the 5D Mark IV’s long list of features is just money wasted if you don’t actually know how to find them and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo exploring the camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding dual-pixel autofocus.

This class is designed for the photographers using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the EOS 5D Mark IV is the best Canon camera for you.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is considered one of the best Canon cameras on the market -- but it's no Canon Powershot, which means a big learning curve. The latest updates bring tools that may be unfamiliar even for photographers that previously used an older Canon camera, with several firsts across the entire 5D series. The dual-pixel autofocus allows for small focus adjustments after the fact -- but only if you shoot with the right image format and work with the right software. The 5D Mark IV is the first Canon digital camera to incorporate FlexiZone Multi autofocus, a new setting inside the powerful updated dual pixel CMOS AF system. The updated viewfinder has new warning signals and custom controls. And of course, there’s that new 4K shooting.

This Canon camera class covers the camera from understanding the controls to customizing the menu.

What's packed in this Canon camera Fast Start? Learn the vital information in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


Individuals who own or are considering purchasing the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


John Greengo has led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. The award-winning photographer is one of the most celebrated CreativeLive instructors, leading classes covering a myriad of topics, including the previous Mark II and Mark III 5D cameras. Greengo has used the 5D series since the first 5D. He's led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


  1. Class Introduction

    Just how wet can you get the dust and drip-resistant 5D Mark IV? Besides the Canon EF lenses, what lenses work well with this camera body? What about third-party flashes and batteries? Greengo walks through some of the biggest questions for the 5D Mark IV in the class introduction.

  2. Photo Basics

    If this Canon camera is your very first DSLR, pay attention to this quick crash course on camera basics, like how a reflex camera works, the difference between a full frame CMOS sensor and an APS-C, and exposure basics. If you're not scratching your head at the terms aperture and shutter speed, then go grab a coffee or skip this four-minute lesson.

  3. Camera Controls: Mode Dial

    Jump into the camera's controls with an overview of the digital SLR camera's control scheme. Then, explore one of the camera's most important controls, the mode dial. Learn the controls from C1 to Av, along with features like bulb mode and exposure compensation.

  4. Top of Camera Controls

    The top of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a rather daunting slew of controls. Greengo walks through why that control seemingly did nothing (hint: there's a unique-to-Canon active button), how to control two features with a single button, and the six main controls that are going to determine if you nailed that image quality or if that exposure and white balance were all off.

  5. Viewfinder Display Overview

    A quick look in the viewfinder displays most of the vital shooting settings, but with Canon updating the intelligent viewfinder options, even seasoned Canon photographers may not know exactly what icons are there and what they mean. Learn what's in the viewfinder, what viewfinder tools you can customize, what viewfinder warnings to look for, and yes, how to get that viewfinder looking sharp (it's not your eyesight, it's the diopter.)

  6. Play Back Menu

    Sure, clicking that arrow button to move through the photos you shot is easy, but what about using dials to flip through images quickly, new touchscreen controls, or rating images so that same rating pops up in Lightroom? Learn it all with the nitty gritty on the play back menu.

  7. Live View & Movie Modes

    A DSLR's autofocus system functions in an entirely different way when using the Live View on the LCD screen instead of the optical viewfinder -- Canon's solution to the slower autofocus performance in Live View is the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. That dual pixel system delivers several of the camera's biggest features, so Greengo takes students out on a real-world shoot to demonstrate how to use the feature, what Dual Pixel CMOS AF can really do, and what it can't so you don't wind up looking at soft photos. The same feature is also essential for shooting video.

  8. Autofocus Options

    The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has more than one way to focus --- the tour of the camera continues around back, where Greengo walks through the different autofocus options and how to adjust each one quickly. Learn not just what each autofocus option does, but what the camera will default that focus to in each scenario.

  9. Quick Menu Overview

    The quick menu saves you from digging deep into the camera menu. The quick menu also creates easy touchscreen access to a number of different controls, including file format, how those images are saved to the SD and CF cards, and picture styles.

  10. Left & Right Sides of Camera

    Advanced digital cameras like the 5D Mark IV tend to have several ports -- so what is each one for? Greengo walks you through the different ports, along with making sure those CF and SD cards are compatible and ready to shoot.

  11. Bottom & Front of Camera

    The bottom and front of the camera are often overlooked in most guides -- but that's where features like the depth of field preview and the option to add an accessory to plug the camera in the wall to shoot time-lapses for days are hiding.

  12. Canon 5D Mark IV Lens Options

    The Canon 5D Mark IV can use any EF lens -- but what lenses are the best options? Greengo walks through the lenses with high-end features to match the high-end body.

  13. Shooting Menu Overview

    The camera's menu is where much of the customization options come in -- and much of the confusion. Greengo walks through the shooting menu basics.

  14. Dual Pixel RAW Demo

    A missed focus is traditionally one of the mistakes that simply can't be fixed in post -- but Canon's Dual Pixel RAW can. See a shoot using the feature, an edit, and learn how to use Dual Pixel Raw.

  15. Shooting Menu Options

    Did you know you can fix a lens vignette on every JPEG photo taken with that lens by just adjusting one setting? Walk through the full shooting menu controls to find the hidden gems alongside tools you'll recall often.

  16. Timelapse Video Demo

    Thanks to a built-in intervalometer, the Canon 5D Mark IV can shoot time-lapses in-camera without accessories, unlike the Mark III. Learn how to use the new feature and see that intervalometer in action.

  17. Live View Shooting

    Live view can be an excellent tool -- especially when you have all the controls. Learn how to get the screen to show an accurate exposure, work the touch controls, and more.

  18. Movie Menu Overview

    The movie menu is hidden until you activate the right settings -- learn how to bring that menu out of hiding and what all the movie options mean.

  19. Auto Focus Menu

    Many photographers don't realize that, besides the autofocus modes, you can tweak the way your camera autofocus decides what to focus on. Learn how to tell the camera what subject is most important and how fast that subject's motion changes for a much more accurate autofocus.

  20. Playback Menu

    Don't skip the playback menu -- here's where you can transfer images from one card to the other, rate photos for faster culling later, and more.

  21. Setup Menu

    Every new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV owner should spend some time in the setup menu configuring the camera to their preferences -- Greengo walks you through what's what, from setting up the CF and SD cards to customizing the screen.

  22. GPS Demo

    The 5D Mark IV has a GPS built-in, which can geotag all your photos by location. The settings are key to accessing the feature -- and turning it off for locations that you don't want to be shared.

  23. WiFi Demo

    Wi-Fi is another first for the 5D series -- and opens up possibilities for easily sending images to a smartphone or tablet as well as turning your phone into a remote control.

  24. Custom Functions Menu

    Two photographers shooting side-by-side with the 5D Mark IV probably won't share the exact same settings -- the custom functions menu is tailored to the way you shoot. Customizing this menu allows you to tackle things from setting limits on exposure settings to customizing the physical controls.

  25. Camera Operation

    Camera settings vary wildly based on what, exactly you're shooting. Here, Greengo walks you through several different scenarios and how best to set the 5D Mark IV to tackle them.


Ralph Somma

I was reluctant to purchase this course because I already have the Instruction Manual that came with the 5D Mark IV and am committed to reading it in it's entirely. Nevertheless, after watching a preview of the course, I decide to buy it so I could view it at my leisure, pause and rewind it as needed. I am so glad I did. John Greengo's teaching method is clear and concise. He presents the material in a way that makes it interesting and enjoyable to learn. His effective use of visuals and demonstrations makes understanding every important function of the 5D Mark IV a breeze. I look forward to implementing what I've learned, his recommendations and tweaking the camera's settings to suit my own needs and preferences. Now as I trudge through all 600+ pages of the manual, I'm confident I will more easily grasp the camera's 100+ settings and can always refer back to the course if necessary.


First I have to say that I wanted this camera before it was even released. I had taken some of John's fast start courses and I had some questions regarding this camera vs. the 5D mark III and 7D mark II that I was using at that time. I emailed John and got an "out of office/out on location response". I put it out of my mind assuming that when John Greengo was back in the office, he'd have hundreds of emails waiting and my little question would get lost in the shuffle. I was delighted to receive a response a few weeks later. I was even more delighted when he released this fast start course. I did end up buying the 5D mark IV (love it) and had a pretty good handle on using it. This class opened up some new doors in how to use all of the features and customize things to suit my needs. I can never recommend John's classes enough. He explains things in an easy yet technical way that is useful to both beginners and seasoned photographers!

Byron Bastian

I have never watched one of John's courses, I have watched many videos trying to learn info regarding the new 5D Mark 4 Camera. I learned many new important features available with this amazing camera. John rocks as an instructor, his ability to teach in such informative way was very helpful. I would recommend this coarse to anyone looking to better understand this camera as well as to learn more about photography in general.