Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
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Gold Award
Reviewed: Feb 2010
User reviews (31)
4.38
Amazon reviews (15)
4.50
16.1 megapixels | 3″ screen | APS-H sensor

Fifth generation of Canon’s speed-orientated range of professional DSLRs. The 1D Mark IV retains its predecessors’form factor and 1.3x crop, APS-H sensor size, but this time increases its pixel count to a whopping 16MP. This may not seem like many in the era of 25MP full-frame DSLRs and 14MP compacts, but it’s a lot when you consider the Mark IV still has the ability to shoot at 10 frames per second. If you consider that this is almost the same resolution as offered by the last generation of Canon’s studio-targeted camera, the 1Ds Mark II, but with the ability to shoot twice as fast, then you start to appreciate what this camera is promising to do.

In our tests it proved that Canon has left the autofocus problems that plagued the Mark III well and truly behind it, and while the Mark IV isn’t the best high ISO camera on the market, it’s still an exceptionally good one. From the point-of-view of the tasks it was built to tackle (high speed sports), there is nothing that can touch the detailed, high resolution images that it can deliver ten times a second.

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Announced: Oct 20, 2009

Specifications

Body type
Body type Large SLR”
Sensor
Max resolution 4896 x 3264 ?
Other resolutions 4320 x 2880, 3672 x 2448, 3552 x 2368, 2448 x 1632 ?
Image ratio w:h 3:2 ?
Effective pixels 16.1 megapixels ?
Sensor photo detectors 17.0 megapixels ?
Sensor size APS-H (27.9 x 18.6 mm) ?
Sensor type CMOS ?
Processor Digic 4
Image
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (50, 25600, 51200 and 102400 with boost) ?
White balance presets 8 ?
Custom white balance Yes ?
Image stabilization No ?
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal (can have ratios programmed) ?
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
?
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes ?
Number of focus points 45
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier 1.3× ?
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed ?
Screen size 3″ ?
Screen dots 920,000 ?
Touch screen No
Live view Yes ?
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) ?
Viewfinder coverage 100 % ?
Viewfinder magnification 0.76× ?
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec ?
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec ?
Aperture priority Yes ?
Shutter priority Yes ?
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
Flash modes External
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps) ?
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ?
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis) ?
Videography features
Format
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, SD/SDHC card ?
Storage included None ?
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) ?
HDMI Yes ?
Wireless EyeFi ?
Remote control Yes (N3 connector)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack ?
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E4 rechargeable battery & charger ?
Battery Life (CIPA) 1500 ?
Weight (inc. batteries) 1230 g (2.71 lb / 43.39 oz)
Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.14 x 6.18 x 3.15″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC) ?
GPS None