Shooting Tethered with the Canon 5D Mark IV

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2016 | 17 Comments

Lightroom has added support for tethering the 5D Mark IV with version 6.8 of Lightroom. However, they note a card must be in the camera for tethering to work properly.

Tethering a Canon 5D Mark IV to your computer couldn’t be easier with the help of Tether Tools gear! Shoot tethered with the Canon 5D Mark IV using our TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B Cableand be sure to add a TetherBoost Pro Core Controller to your shopping cart to avoid dropped signals.

The TetherBoost Pro System provides consistent power to maintain a stable connection for tethered image transfer when using a DSLR or medium-format digital back system connected to a computer via USB 3.0 cables – now at distances up to 65 feet. This streamlined solution alleviates current frustrations among photographers experiencing dropped signals when shooting with USB 3.0 cameras and computers.

The Camera – Canon 5D Mark IV

Continuing on in their legacy of powerful workhorse cameras, Canon has released the 5D Mark IV DSLR which is an outstanding still photography option and an able 4K-capable video machine. This multimedia maven offers a newly developed 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with the DIGIC 6+ image processor in order to balance fine detail and resolution with low-light performance and sensitivity. It is able to work within a native range of ISO 100-32000, which can then be expanded to an impressive ISO 50-102400, for sharp, low-noise images in a variety of conditions. Along with these improvements to image quality, users will enjoy a performance boost across the board with an enhanced AF system, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, and much more.

In order to deliver detailed images quickly and effectively the 5D Mark IV leverages the power of the DIGIC 6+ image processor, which can handle up to 7 frames per second during continuous shooting. It also uses a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor to evaluate the scene and subjects for accurate exposures under a variety of different lighting conditions. An improved 61-point High Density Reticular AF furthers the camera’s speed by tracking and locking onto subjects quickly and accurately for tack sharp photos. A new AF area select button is now available as well for near immediate access to this setting.

Video benefits from the addition of Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF to smoothly rack focus during a shot. Shooters can even make use of the 3.2″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD to simply tap to adjust the focus point. Furthermore, now that the camera has DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at up to 30 fps, users can snag 8.8MP stills from the video for an even faster capture option. Tied into the Dual Pixel sensor architecture is a brand new feature for Canon: Dual Pixel RAW, which allows for fine tuning of certain image parameters, including bokeh shift and focus micro adjustment, after the image is taken.

The body has been further refined for comfort and ease of access, as well as durability and weather resistance. The Canon N3 remote port has been relocated to the front of the camera body and they have added both GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC to make this model a connected camera.

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots

The Gear – Tether Tools Pro Tethering Kit for Canon 5D Mark IV


  • Tether Table Aero Traveler
  • TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B Cable, 15’ Cable
  • JerkStopper Tethering Kit
  • Aero ProPad
  • SecureStrap
  • AeroXDC
  • StrapMoore Extender
  • Tether Tools Cable Organization Case (Standard)
Powering Your Canon 5D Mark IV

Instead of purchasing multiple expensive proprietary camera batteries, or just want peace of mind knowing that your camera won’t die during a long shoot take a look at the Case Relay Camera Power System from Tether Tools. It can provide uninterruptible power for your camera using any standard 5V USB battery pack or a wall outlet.

The Canon 5D Mark IV utilizes the Relay Camera Coupler CRCE6.

Case Relay Coupler Bundle

To learn more about shooting tethered including how to create better images and work more efficiently while keeping your files safe and secure by incorporating an archival tethering system into your workflow download the Ultimate Tethering Guide – FREE from Tether Tools and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

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17 thoughts on “Shooting Tethered with the Canon 5D Mark IV”

  1. It may support tethering, but it doesn’t work. When I connect my 5D4 to Lightroom, the settings and camera are shown, but as soon as I shoot one photo it shows importing, but nothing happens. The settings on the camera bar in LR then all go to ‘auto’. And again nothing happens, it looks like it’s frozen. If I tether my 1D4 there are no probems although sometimes it seems to loose contact with LR. Any ideas? regards, Brian Elings

  2. @Brian Elings
    it’s the same thing for me, i can’t shoot, only one unshown pic CR2 , but i use it with another USB 3 cable, not the provided one ( may be it’s the problem??)
    wich cable did you used ? the provided one ??

  3. Adobe updated LR to support tethering with Canon 5D mIV. However, the connection is very unreliable and dies often. To do it on a personal project I guess it’s fine but for any professional use tethering to 5DmIV is not there yet. I hope Adobe can quickly address it as the new 5D has been on the market for a while.

  4. Hi HSID, sorry for not getting back sooner. I use a Tether Tools 3 meter cable. The 5D4 just doesn’t work, full stop. Even with my Canon 1D4 the connection is totally unreliable and falls off if I pause to work on a photo I just took. I have to go out of the tethering and start again. I have updated version of LR and it still doesn’t work so I don’t even bother trying anymore. Surely it can’t be that difficult to fix and surely there are hundreds of product photographers with the same problem. regards, Brian

  5. Just bought the 5d mk IV and the tether tools cable for it and nothing works. I even tried Tony Roslund’s solution and still nothing.

  6. Reply to Tony Rosland was ‘Just tried it, unfortunately it doesn’t work. I have a MacPro 2010 running Sierra. So’ I’ll just have to keep on using my 1D4 which works fine. Who has the answer? Surely there must be hundreds of photographers with this problem. regards, Brian from Amsterdam area’.

  7. I have the same problem. Tethering using de EOS 5d mk iv does not work. Neither in Lightroom nor using the EOS utility software. I bought the thethering cable from thether tools in the hope this may solve the problem. But is does not. My D5 mk iii however works fine.

    What I DID find out is, that wen you remove all memory cards suddenly thethering does work. But it is a bit risky because you have no spare copy of your photo’s until you back up from the computer.

  8. Did any one try to use Tethering with Canon 5 D Mark IV on Capture One 10? Let me know if it works. Ok?
    Tank’s and regards

  9. Did any one try to use Tethering with Canon 5 D Mark IV on Capture One 10? Let me know if it does works. Ok?
    Tank’s and regards

  10. Extremely frustrated. Bought the new Tether Cable for the Mark IV and nothing!!! I have tried everything even shooting with a card. It recognizes the camera in Lightroom but none of the camera settings. MD4 won’t trigger with cable. Says its busy. Took card out. Shutter triggered but nothing to camera. Anyone have resolution since last post in August 2017?

  11. I initially had issues tethering with Lightroom until I turned off the following:

    Communication settings -> FTP transfer settings -> Automatic transfer -> Disable
    Communication settings -> Built-in wireless Settings -> Wi-Fi/NFC -> Disable

    After changing these settings tethering with Lightroom worked like a peach.

  12. As Andrew Tolboe shared, I too found out that Disabeling FTP transfer and Wi-Fi/NFC is neccesary to work tethered. However I still find tethered in Lightroom unstable. Connection gets lost from time to timae Using the Canon EOS utility works fine every time. I use Lightroom’s Automatic Import feature. This combination is stable enough to use in the studio, though the import of images takes a little longer

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