The built-in EOS 5D Mark IV WiFi offers the most capability of any Canon EOS camera with built-in WiFi, so which is the right mode to choose?
Choosing the right EOS 5D Mark IV WiFi function
I’m really happy to see so many capabilities in the EOS 5D Mark IV WiFi and want to offer some guidance on the right method to select. Firstly choose where you need the pictures to arrive at, smartphone or computer. Secondly work out if you need remote control of the camera, or need to connect multiple cameras at the same time to the same computer.
Connect to smartphone
- Transfer images from camera direct to smartphone
- Remote control your camera from your smartphone
- Easy configuration
Connect to smartphone lets you transfer images to your phone and remote control the camera from a smartphone running the Canon Camera Connect App.
If you just need to transfer a shot you’ve taken, or remotely release the shutter it’s all possible in this mode. Most likely this will be used when the camera creates a WiFi hotspot (Easy Connection) that you connect your phone to. You can even start and stop video recording from the app, but video files are not recorded directly on the smartphone.
You select pictures that are stored on the camera memory cards to be transferred to the smartphone. If you choose a RAW image, it is converted to a JPG for you.
Canon Camera Connect App is available for both Android and iOS devices from the Android and Apple app stores.
Remote control EOS Utility
- Transfer images from camera to computer as you shoot
- Complete camera remote control & setup from your computer
- Relatively easy configuration
EOS Utility mode works with the Canon EOS Utility software that offers a whole set of features; remote camera control, camera settings, automatic transfer of images to the computer etc.
Functionally this is the same as connecting EOS Utility to the camera with a USB cable. If you work in a studio, I recommend that you select the network, rather than use the Easy connection. If you have multiple cameras, then EOS Utility can only work with a single camera at a time, any others will not connect. Every picture you take is transferred to the computer right after it’s stored on the memory cards.
Due to the constant back and forth communication when using EOS Utility mode it uses the most bandwidth. I usually shoot RAW + JPEG on the camera and set EOS Utility to only transfer the JPEG images to the computer to speed up transfers. A small image is 3360 x 2240 pixels and will transfer much faster than larger JPEGs.
For studio and location photographers working with a single camera at a time, this is the mode to choose and is likely to need the minimal computer knowledge to get it working.
- Transfer images from cameras to a computer as shot, or on request
- No remote control of the camera
- More complex system configuration
FTP mode is a new addition for the WiFi built-in to EOS cameras. It has been used on the wireless file transmitters in the past. FTP mode allows multiple cameras to send images to a computer that is configured with an ftp server.
FTP mode can be configured to send only the JPEG image when the camera is set to capture a RAW + JPEG. What’s more the transfer can be automatic or initiated by the photographer. In automatic transfer mode each image is transferred as it’s shot. When the transfer is initiated from the camera it can be a selected group of pictures or a single image. The camera can be configured so that in playback mode, a press of the SET button starts the transfer of the displayed image. It is also possible to add a caption to each image. Up to 15 captions can be preset in the camera.
If you photograph events with multiple photographers, then FTP mode is the mode you are likely to be using.
If you are using a Mac, then you’ll need this old post (still works) to enable the Mac OS built-in FTP server. If you are using a PC then i’d recommend filezilla ftp server as it’s much simpler to get working. As with most server setups you may need to be a little more computer-literate to make ftp mode work.
JAN-2017 – I’ve posted a setup guide to show how to connect your EOS 5D Mark IV using FTP mode through your mobile phone.
These next two options are a little different, from the three above, and they focus on sharing images online and in-print.
Upload to web service
Upload to web requires the setup of an account on the Canon Image Gateway system, and then the service to upload to is set there. You can setup flickr, google drive and Canon’s Irista services.
I think it’s a little clunky, and i’d probably transfer to a phone and upload from there myself.
Print to WiFi printer
It is possible to print direct to a whole selection of WiFi printers straight from the camera. RAW images are converted by the camera before sending them to the printer. I have used it once or twice on other cameras, but most of my images see at least some post production so it’s not something I have regularly used.
I will be offering more guidance and some step-by-step videos on setting up some of these modes shortly.
If you have any questions about using the new EOS 5D Mark IV please ask, i love questions 🙂