Famed for his stunning images of star-filled skies, we put the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in the hands of award-winning New Zealand-based photographer, Mark Gee, to see how it performs when it comes to capturing the beauty of the galaxy.

You’re one of the first few people (in Asia at least) to have tried Canon’s newest camera ­– what are some of your thoughts on it?

As an owner of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s predecessor, it felt really familiar with the feel and ergonomics of the new model. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has had quite an overhaul under the hood with a new 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with dual-pixel autofocus, 4k video capture, touch screen, WIFI and GPS, just to name a few. I really loved the precision of the new 61 AF points autofocus system. Using the touch screen for navigating menus and selecting a focus point or subject certainly makes life a lot easier.

In terms of astrophotography, how does it hold up against your usual camera?

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is certainly a step up from its predecessor, and after using the camera for a few nights, I’m very impressed with the high ISO performance.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens | F/4 | 25sec | 24mm | ISO 6400
Mark Gee stands under starry skies

What are some of your favourite features on the camera?

My absolute favorite new feature on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the new time-lapse feature. I shoot a lot of time-lapse, and in the past I’ve always needed to use external hardware to control the camera for time-lapse. But now you can do that right from the camera settings which is a big bonus. The other feature I love is the new touch screen, and the fact that you can continually focus during live view now. This is super handy for shooting videos, and quickly changing your point of focus when shooting stills.

Would you recommend this model to other astrophotographers? Why?

Yes, I certainly would recommend the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to other astrophotographers. The camera performs fantastically in low light with superb low noise/high ISO performance, and with the 30.4 megapixel full frame CMOS imaging sensor, I think the camera is a great choice.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens | F/4 | 25sec | 24mm | ISO 6400
Justin Mott gazes out into the sea

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This article was originally published on Snapshot.