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posted on Oct 21, 2009 at 8:38PM
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Canon 1D Mark IV Debuts

By Emily Raymond
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • 16.1 MP
  • 45-point AF
  • HD videos
  • $4,999
  
(Credit: Canon)

Canon introduced a new high-speed digital SLR, the EOS-1D Mark IV, that will be available in late December for $4,999. The new 16.1-megapixel camera has an improved autofocus system, HD video capabilities, and an expanded ISO range up to 102,400.

Canon is calling its newest release a “multimedia performance monster,” according to the company’s Oct. 20 press release. It is equipped with a 27.9 x 18.6mm CMOS image sensor and dual Digic IV image processors. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV has the highest ISO available on any Canon digital camera – although its max 102,400 setting is the same that is offered on the newly announced Nikon D3S. Canon also flaunts the 1D Mark IV as having “the fastest continuous shooting with Auto Focus currently available from a Canon DSLR.”

The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV has a new 45-point autofocus system with points that are more sensitive than ever and are user selectable. Thirty-nine of the points are cross-type, although the system works best with a lens that has an f/2.8 of faster aperture. The autofocus system has a dedicated microprocessor and an improved AI Servo II AF mode that tracks subjects better than before and can do so in more extreme lighting.

The Canon 1D Mark IV is equipped to shoot photos and record videos in all kinds of lighting. It has a standard ISO range of 100-12,800 and can expand up to 102,400. The 1.3x crop allows shooters to get closer and use faster lenses and an intelligent noise reduction system helps keep images clean.

Like the 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV has 1080p HD video capability. It offers full manual control over shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and more while recording videos. There is an on-board monaural microphone, but also a stereo microphone jack. Video can record at a full 30 fps at 1080p resolution or at 60 fps at 720p.

The Canon 1D Mark IV has a quick burst mode at 10 frames per second. It can shoot up to 121 JPEG files at a time or 28 RAW images at a time. The camera can record to CompactFlash, SD, or SDHC memory cards. Canon included a few features to make the picture-taking and processing a speedy endeavor: from the updated Picture Styles modes to the copyright embedding, the 1D Mark IV is built with the busy professional in mind.

The camera body has “subtle ergonomic redesigns,” according to the press release, including reshaped buttons that have a more defined click to them when pushed. The magnesium alloy body is fitted with 76 rubber seals throughout to make it dust and water resistant. It measures 6.2 x 6.2 x 3.1 inches (156 x 156.6 x 80mm) and weighs 2.6 pounds, making it larger than many of its peers.

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV has a 3-inch LCD screen with 920,000 pixels and a live view with 100 percent frame coverage.

"We are proud to announce the camera that will deliver the ultimate in imaging quality to professionals working in all areas of multimedia imaging, whether it's action photography, photojournalism or HD video and cinematography," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. in the press release.

In addition to the camera announcement, Canon introduced the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter accessory. The transmitter works exclusively with the EOS-1D Mark IV and offers connectivity options like IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet. Besides the increased connectivity, the transmitter can link up to 10 cameras together and fire them remotely, while allowing the photographer to remotely use the live view and control settings.

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