Left & Right Sides of Camera


Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start


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

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the latest addition to the EOS 5D series, and it includes many new features. If you’ve just opened the box for this camera or are thinking about adding it to your collection, you can get a complete step-by-step walkthrough with John Greengo. In this class you’ll learn:

  • New customized viewfinder and quick menu options for superior customization 
  • New 4K video recording with frame grab and dual pixel focusing 
  • Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS for remote operation and location tagging
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s settings to work for your style of photography.


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.