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A first look at Canon's EOS 5D Mark IV

It looks nearly identical to its predecessor, but way more powerful.

The long-awaited EOS 5D Mark IV is getting ready to hit retailers later this month. And, as expected, it is a worthy successor to one of Canon's most popular DSLRs, the 5D Mark III. At least based on specs. It features a massive 30.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Digic 6+ processor and, perhaps most importantly, 4K video at 23.98, 24, 25 and 30 fps. Additionally, the 5D Mark IV comes with a 61-point autofocus system, an ISO range of 100-32,000 a built-in digital lens optimizer, NFC and WiFi. We had the chance to check it out for the first time at an event in New York City and, not surprisingly, it looks nearly identical to its predecessor.

Of course, the major changes here are on the inside. Along with what we mentioned above, the camera also sports Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which lets you track moving subjects accurately when you're shooting video. When you hold it in your hand, it feels just like a Mark III, although the new body is 60 grams lighter. Unfortunately, we weren't able to shoot sample images with it, but we'll have a chance to do so in the near future. (The lenses pictured above were pre-production units, so Canon said it wouldn't feel comfortable with the results.)

All in all, though, the EOS Mark IV promises to be a juggernaut for professional photographers and videographers alike. In case you forgot, it's set to cost $3,500 body-only, though there will be a couple of kits available on release date. We'll let you know as soon as Canon reveals when its DSLR arrives in stores.