Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Last updated (13 September’12):
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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is a professional DSLR features 45-point AF system including 39 cross-type points, a new AI Servo II AF focus tracking system with improved algorithm combined with 10 fps continuous shooting, APS-H sized 16.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, a spectacular ISO range of 100 – 12800 (up to 102400 in H3 mode), Full HD movie recording, Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 300,000 cycles, exclusive dust-weather-resistance, and a 3.0-inch ClearView II LCD monitor.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“Impressive print quality; good color, very sharp, detailed prints up to 20×30 inches…ISO 51,200 shows more chroma noise and grain, but it’s not a terrible appearance at 8×12. Still, it’s more up to the standard we look for printed at 5×7 inches. RAW is obviously where you’d want to start for optimum quality from ISO 3,200 up, but the potential is huge. Overall it’s another impressive performance from a Canon pro camera. “
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AmateurPhotographer reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“In many situations the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV captures superbly detailed images with natural, yet punchy colours. The AF system performs well, even in low light, although it is worth paying for fast lenses that get the best from it. “
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Phoblographer reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“It’s the greatest Canon has at the moment. ISO 3200 looks better than on my Canon 5D Mk II. Once you hit ISO 6400 it starts to get noisier but it is still well controlled. The same goes for ISO 12,800. Against the Nikon D3s, the Nikon has a slight lead in noise control because of the 12MP Full Frame sensor. However, the 1D Mk IV retains more detail in its RAW files—especially when shooting at full resolution. “
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BobAtkins reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“It’s built to a standard to survive hard professional use while delivering images of outstanding quality under adverse conditions. It can shoot at 10 fps and in light levels so low that other cameras would yield images that were mostly noise…If you can afford it and you’re prepared to take the time to learn how to use it to its best advantage, the Canon EOS 1D MkIV is highly recommended. “
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ePhotozine reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“I would be happy to shoot with the Mk IV at ISO 12,800 without any qualms. Yes, there is noise in the form of green blotchiness but it is not horrible. At the equivalent of ISO25,600 the colour blotchiness is more evident and, as you would expect, it gets less impressive at the higher settings.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Akihabaranews reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“… like the D3s, the 1D MK IV is not a miracle worker… Sure you will be able to shoot pictures in pitch black without a tripod but at which cost? Let’s say that up to ISO 4000 you will have noise-less pictures, but above this mark, noise on picture is picking-up…”
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PDNGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“Though I preferred the low noise/low-light shooting capabilities of those cameras to the Mark IV, the new Canon has a faster frame rate, more resolution for cropping, a better movie mode, and a revamped autofocus system that’s fast and, yes, reliable. Canon photographers, rest easy. The 1D Mark IV is the solid follow-up you’ve been waiting for.”
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WDC reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“The 63-zone metering system does an impressive job to produce an even tone distribution, even in tricky conditions. This leaves the image well exposed,…. Using the 14-bit Raw files it is possible to capture a large dynamic range, and even the JPEG files offer an impressive amount of detail in shadow and highlights. “
Rating: ★★★★★

DCR reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“Continuous shooting speed at full resolution is the highest of any DSLR, and the camera can sustain this pace for more than 120 JPEG captures. Shutter and autofocus performance are solid, there are custom settings for virtually any aspect of camera operation, and image capture imaginable, and image quality is good.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
“Essentially the EOS-1D Mark IV is most suited to stills capture, where it’s a top-flight performer. It will reward all photographers who are prepared to spend time learning to use its many capabilities and delight many professional shooters, regardless of whether they capture raw files or JPEGs. For sports and wildlife photographers, it’s the best camera we’ve used thus far.”
Rating: ★★★★★

NeutralDay reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes;
” Outside of the jerry-rigged video implementation, there’s very little to find fault with in the Mark IV. Shooting with the Mark IV was a real pleasure, its image quality is impressive, and it’s an absolutely blazing performer. As such, the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV definitely comes “Highly Recommended”.”
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PhotographyReview compares the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV to Nikon D3s and writes;
“I think it’s safe to say that both cameras are very impressive. I’ve used the Canon more at this point and so far I’ve been really impressed with the new AI Servo II continuous auto focus performance. As expected, the Nikon D3S has mind-blowing image quality at high ISO settings. But the Canon is surprisingly good as well. With these two new cameras, shooting at ISO 6400 or even ISO 12,800 is now a reasonable proposition.”
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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV User Reviews

Excellent camera
“I am pleasantly surprised to see how good very low light pictures look. The IQ is fabulous – I shoot primarily JPEGs since I do not have the time for RAW processing. I am very happy with my purchase. For maximum benefit, it is useful to have at least one fast lens (my 50 mm prime goes to f1.4) particularly for low light indoor shots. LCD view is great.” – By Sam I Am
Rating: ★★★★★

Worth the price
“I’ve had this camera almost a year now, and am very happy with it. I use it mainly for sports, and it hasn’t disappointed. I haven’t noticed any problems with the autofocus, or the focus points. I love the way you can adjust the autofocus sensitivity, so that the camera will continue to track a player, even if the referee crosses in front of him.” – By Randym
Rating: ★★★★★

Best camera I’ve ever used
“Auto White balance: Back to the colors, this thing hits the white balance consistently and beautifully. Low light ISO: Wow! Just wow!, no banding, beautiful grain all the way to 10,000 iso. Maybe not quite as good as a d3s but close.” – By O. Wroe
Rating: ★★★★★

Lives up to the hype
“The next most impressive thing is the AI Servo II. Even at the default, out-of-the-box settings it is frighteningly fast, accurate, and consistent. It snaps on at full speed and doesn’t let go, even at 10fps. I tried to “stress” the system by using the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L — a lens not known for its fast focusing — to shoot a soccer game. The AI Servo II yawned and gave me tack-sharp sequences despite foreground and background obstacles.” – By D_Sone
Rating: ★★★★★

Otherworldly image quality
“I took some tack sharp pictures using my 500mm F4 IS lens (without tripod!) but I’m still far away from being fully capable of using the AF in AIservo. Also, the spot AF enables you to catch distant subjects and get them tack sharp. Handling of the camera is much better compared to the 50D as expected from a 1D series camera; especially the option to use the vertical format is appreciated.” – By DocKayT
Rating: ★★★★★

Canon nailed it with this one
“What most impressed me, though, was being able to shoot a basketball game with shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second with ambient gym lighting and get good results. Being able to shoot at ISO’s of 10,000 and above with good results gives you incredible freedom to crank the shutter speed up and capture every aspect of the action – freezing action as never before with indoor sports.” – By Eric Strate Photography
Rating: ★★★★★

Canon hits one out of the park
“I would say that the 1D4 is more of a 1D3n release. True, it does have a totally new 39 point cross-type sensor AF system and a vastly improved LCD screen along with some other tweaks, but nothing really all that different from the 1D3 that it replaces. I am very happy with the upgrade from the 1D3 to the 1D4 and would make the purchase again. It’s a very solid system.” – By T. Harmsen
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing camera
“Low noise high ISO. I have no fear whatsoever going to ISO 12,800. Images are still sharp and have good color. No ugly lines at all. Perfect for shooting sports in stadium with crappy light” – By Me
Rating: ★★★★★

A huge step up from the mk III
“When you stick to ISO 12800 or lower the results are quite spectacular. My gut feeling was that 12800 is about as good as 3200 on the 1D mk III, but I hadn’t specifically compared them to see. I’ve uploaded a comparison picture to Amazon showing two shots that compare the ISO. The mk IV 12800 definitely seems to be better than the mk III H1 (6400).” – By William D. Colburn
Rating: ★★★★★

Mark III vs. Mark IV
“if like me you are sometimes REQUIRED to get a shot that captures the moment in more than acceptable fashion, I highly recommend the use of CS5’s Camera RAW noise reduction with the Mark IV. It is a combination that has allowed me to capture and produce imagery like never before.” – By Mark Kitaoka
Rating: ★★★★★

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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Features

Professionally Proven, High-Speed AF.
New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

The EOS-1D Mark IV has a newly developed, high-precision Area AF sensor with 45 manually selectable points including 39 cross-type, high-precision AF points for exacting and fast focusing no matter the subject. New AI Servo II AF focus tracking features improved algorithms that help improve stability, reliability and focus no matter the situation. Whether shooting a fast-paced soccer game or shooting a close-up of a bee on a wind-blown flower during macro photography, AI Servo II AF helps ensure sharp focus every time. AF point selection has been improved as well. Photographers can select their own point through either the camera’s Multi-controller or Main Dial/Quick Control Dial. Automatic selection is as simple as the press of a button. With Custom functions, photographers can select their own default focus point to automatically switch between horizontal and vertical shooting and can even choose to have primary focus supported by adjacent focus points for more accuracy with moving subjects.

A Vast ISO Range Ripe with Possibility.
ISO 100 – 12800 (expandable to L: 50, H1: 25600, H2: 51200, H3: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light with low noise levels.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

The EOS-1D Mark IV features a standard ISO range from 100 – 12800 with an expanded range of 50 to 102400! The combined noise reduction capabilities of the Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors and Canon CMOS sensor help ensure that even at an ISO setting of 102400, noise is kept to a minimum. This greatly expanded capability provides an increased range of real-world shooting options, especially in available-light or dim situations. A low ISO speed can be useful, for example, when shooting high contrast scenes with fast (e.g., f/1.4) lenses. Blown highlights, such as the shading of a bride’s dress, can be avoided and photographers can use wider apertures to control depth-of-field in ways not possible at higher ISO settings. Additionally, the EOS-1D Mark IV features the Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO), which automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast during image processing to minimize the need for expensive and time-consuming post-production processing. Auto Lighting Optimizer is available in most shooting modes, including Manual mode and can be applied to RAW images using the included Canon Digital Photo Professional software.

Advanced Movie Recording for Myriad Applications.
EOS HD movie with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p).

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

The EOS-1D Mark IV captures video with all the benefits of shooting with an EOS digital SLR. The HD recording area on the EOS-1D Mark IV is approx. 27.9mm x 15.7mm, similar when compared to the 24.89 x 18.65mm recording area of Super 35 motion picture film. By shooting video with a large sensor camera, photographers as well as videographers can take advantage of the creative features native to SLR photography. Along with its manual controls, the EOS-1D Mark IV allows for full use of Canon EF lenses, including wide angle, macro, super-telephoto, tilt-shift lenses and fisheye, providing a wealth of depth-of-field and other creative shooting options once reserved only for still photography. The resulting HD video is a standout in its stunning depth-of-field characteristics, remarkable capture capability under poor lighting conditions with its vast ISO range, and deep clean blacks with nearly undetectable noise.

When shooting HD video in AE modes, the EOS-1D Mark IV employs Center-Weighted average metering to help ensure stable motion-picture exposure with the camera automatically selecting the ISO speed, shutter and aperture. Full manual exposure control is also available while shooting video when the camera is set to Manual mode.

Video can be captured at 1920 x 1080 resolution at frame rates of 24 (23.976), 25 or 30 (29.97) frames per second, for up to 4GB per clip. Movies are saved as MOV files and can be viewed in Full HD with HDMI output. Other recording sizes include HD at 1280 x 720 (50/60 (59.94) fps) or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (50/60 (59.94) fps). The EOS-1D Mark IV has a built-in microphone for simple mono recording and stereo sound can be recorded through a self-powered external microphone.

Resolution, Power and Speed.
16.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

The EOS-1D Mark IV features a high-resolution APS-H sized 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor (with a focal length multiplier effect of 1.3x) and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors that can process images at full resolution continuously up to 10 frames-per-second. The combination of the CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors help to ensure smooth, detailed and refined images that are recorded quickly, accurately and reliably. This impressive combination of speed, quality and performance will make the EOS-1D Mark IV a staple among many professional photographers, including sports photographers, and a familiar sight on the sidelines of professional sporting events.

A Camera Made for Action.
10.0 fps continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGS or 28 RAW using a UDMA CF card.

The EOS-1D Mark IV’s rugged, high-speed shutter can shoot up to 10.0 frames per second (fps) for up to 28 consecutive RAW files or 121 full-resolution JPEGs when used in conjunction with UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) Mode 6 CF cards. The EOS-1D Mark IV’s spectacular new 45-point high-speed AF sensor locks on and maintains focus, ensuring that the camera keeps up with its amazing shutter.

Clear and Detailed Viewing.
3.0-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 160° viewing angle, 920,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IVThe EOS-1D Mark IV features the finest Canon LCD screen to date (October 2009): the new, high-resolution, 3.0-inch ClearView II VGA LCD has 920,000 dot resolution and provides a new level of clarity and sharpness with a 160° angle of view. Its performance is admirable, not only in confirming focus and composition, but in composing and shooting in Live View mode, or when shooting video. It features a tempered glass protective cover with an anti-reflective film and a new resin filling between the actual LCD and glass cover that helps minimize internal reflections and further improves visibility in bright viewing situations. During image playback, pressing the illumination button displays an LCD brightness screen, so brightness can be adjusted quickly and easily.

Professional Performance in the Face of the Elements.
Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 300,000 cycles and exclusive dust- and weather-resistance.

A lightweight and incredibly strong magnesium alloy construction helps the EOS-1D Mark IV to endure almost any condition, and the EOS-1D Mark IV features a shutter designed to shoot 300,000 cycles. All the EOS-1D Mark IV’s controls, buttons and external covers are dust- and water-resistant, ensuring uninterrupted operation whether shooting in the rain, in a windstorm and everything in between. Dust is managed with the advanced Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which helps to suppress dust generation, removes existing dust and uses the combination of Dust Delete Data and DPP software to eliminate any remaining dust spots on your images. When the EOS-1D Mark IV is used with a dust- and water-resistant EF lens or external Speedlite, the entire camera system is nearly impervious to the elements.

One Response to “Canon EOS 1D Mark IV”

  1. Canon 1D Mark IV says:

    This is really a great camera for a professional.

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