By: Rudy Winston
August 30, 2016
The EOS 5D Mark IV has a new, higher-resolution LCD monitor on the back of the camera, with finer detail than the monitors on some previous EOS models. Monitor resolution has increased from roughly 1.04 million dots (5D Mark III) to 1.62 million dots on the Mark IV.
Along with these improvements, you may also notice that the images displayed on this monitor seem to have slightly different color tones. This is not a defect. It’s a product with a completely new LCD monitor, with color characteristics that are not identical to previous Canon monitors. The Mark IV monitor has a slightly warmer overall color rendition than certain earlier Canon EOS models displayed.
Knowing that critical photographers in many fields may continue to use earlier EOS cameras alongside newly-purchased EOS 5D Mark IV bodies, Canon engineers have added a Set-up Menu option to alter the color tone of the Mark IV’s monitor display.
LCD Color Tone adjustments
In the 2nd Set-up Menu screen, you’ll see a new entry — LCD color tone — which hasn’t appeared on EOS cameras before. Press the SET button, and four distinct options now appear:
Warms the color rendition even further, compared to the factory-default setting on the EOS 5D Mark IV.
The camera’s factory-default setting. This is its normal color rendition, which again may appear slightly warmer than the monitors of previous EOS models. It aims to match color reproduction to an sRGB monitor (note that we are not claiming it to be precisely tuned to the sRGB standard).
Adds a hint of blue (cool tone) to the monitor’s display characteristics.
Adds a bit more blue (cool tone) — slightly stronger effect than setting #3.
Please note that these adjustments will produce slight overall shifts in the monitor’s color rendition for everything displayed — images, Live View and Movie recording compositions, and Menu displays.
Matching LCD monitor tone to earlier EOS models
Canon is not claiming 100% perfect matching of monitor display characteristics from one model to another, but the following suggestions will provide a good first step, if and when you want to tune the EOS 5D Mark IV display to approximate what you see on some other EOS models.
Cool Tone 1 or 2
Cool Tone 1 or 2
These should appear essentially similar to the Standard (#2) setting on the EOS 5D Mark IV’s Color Tone adjustments. Users are completely free, of course, to consider other settings in response to factors like the scenes or images they’re viewing, the lighting they’re viewing them in, and other factors.
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera and its Fall 2016 firmware upgrade
Canon shooters who use (or may consider using) the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X Mark II camera should be aware that a significant firmware upgrade is being made available for free download in Fall of 2016 for that camera. One of the changes it adds to the 1D X Mark II is the addition of the same LCD Color Tone menu option in the camera’s Set-up Menu.
The EOS-1D X Mark II with this firmware will behave in the same way as the EOS 5D Mark IV, as described in this article. The LCD monitor is essentially the same on the two cameras, and the various color tone options can be adjusted to achieve the same results.
Moving forward, new EOS-1D X Mark II cameras, produced from roughly fall of 2016 onward, will have this firmware factory-installed, and have the Color Tone adjustment for their LCD monitors in their Set-up Menu.
A couple of other notes:
Some additional points about the adjustable color tone on the EOS 5D Mark IV LCD monitor:
For anyone who’s a truly critical user, this ability on the EOS 5D Mark IV to adjust the overall color tone of the LCD monitor display will be an appreciated feature. Even for shooters who are not concerned with matching the Mark IV’s display to correspond closely to that of another EOS model, personal preferences alone may lead users to experiment with this feature. Along with setting the overall brightness of the LCD display, this adds another measure of control that users can freely apply at any time.