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5

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV


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Price as Reviewed:

£3,740.00

Canon’s EOS-1D Mark III failed to impress some professional photographers, but perhaps the new 16.1-million-pixel Canon EOS-1D Mark IV version will regain their confidence

The competition

Image: Nikon D3S

The only direct competition for the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is the Nikon D3S, which can be found for around £3,580. As well as a very effective 51-point AF system, the D3S has superb low-light capability and excellent noise control, but at 12.1 million its effective pixel count is around four million fewer than that of the Canon camera.

It would take a head-to-head test to be certain, but the D3S appears to produce better results at the higher sensitivity settings.

The D3S’s maximum continuous shooting rate is 1fps lower than that of the Canon camera, but this is unlikely to be a major deciding factor for many professional photographers.

Despite the issues surrounding it, there are many satisfied EOS-1D Mark III users and it is an affordable alternative to the Mark IV.

New bodies can still be found at around £3,000, while mint-condition second-hand examples fetch around £1,900. It has only ten million pixels, but that is enough for A3 prints and the image quality is very high.

Image: Canon EOS-1D Mark III

  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus 5 custom and Kelvin settings (2,500-10,000K)
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • Memory Card: CF and SD/SDHC (not SDXC)
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Output Size: 4896x3264 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 920,000 dots (307,000 pixels)
  • Field of View: Approx 100% with 0.76x magnification and 20mm eye-point
  • AF Points: Reflex mode: 45 automatically or manually selectable points. Live View mode: 45-point phase detection in Quick mode or single vari-zone selection contrast detection in Live Mode; face detection
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures with blue/amber & magenta/green adjustment
  • Sensor: CMOS sensor with 16.1 million effective pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/300sec with EOS-dedicated external Speedlite flashgun
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.3x
  • Exposure Modes: PASM
  • Weight: 1,180g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion LP-E4 battery (supplied)
  • File Format: Raw, S-raw (4MP), M-raw (9MP) JPEG, raw (any size) and JPEG simultaneously
  • Drive Mode: Single, high-speed continuous, low-speed continuous, self-timer (2sec or 10sec delay), silent single shooting, mirror lock-up
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus bulb
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3 or 1/2EV steps
  • RRP: £4,799.99
  • Lens Mount: EF
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,800 in 1/3EV or 1EV steps, expandable to include L1 (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 25,600), H2 (ISO 52,600) and H3 (ISO 102,400)
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, one-shot, AI Servo (continuous) AF
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 156x156.6x79.9mm
  • Metering System: 63-zone evaluative, centreweighted, spot (3.8%) and partial (13.5%)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
  • Compression: 10-stage JPEG
  • Tested as: Professional - level DSLR

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