Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Brief Review


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  • 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 4 imaging processors
  • ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 1080p HD video
  • 45-point area auto focus, 39 cross-type auto-focus points
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor
  • Dust and weather resistance
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Captures to CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC
  • Release Date: 2009-12-15
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; Dual DIGIC 4 imaging processors; ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to 102,400); 1080p HD video; 45-point area auto focus, 39 cross-type auto-focus points; 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor; Dust and weather resistance; Magnesium alloy body; Captures to CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Canon 1D Mark IV is a top-of-the-line camera for the most serious of all serious photographers. It a features a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 4 imaging processors, 1080p HD, 45-point area auto focus, and a 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor. This is sure to appeal to all range of professionals, from sports to photojournalists to nature and fashion photographers. Reviews seem to indicate that its direct competitor, the Nikon D3s, outperforms the Mk. IV in low lighting, but overall they're fairly evenly matched.

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While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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