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
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. Users also need to spend time experimenting with the system so the right options are selected for each subject and situation.
Comparing the results from the EOS-1D Mark IV at ISO 102,400 with those from the Nikon D3S suggests that Canon has felt the need to match its competitor’s maximum sensitivity setting, even though the image quality is short of what we usually see from a Canon camera. I recommend keeping to the native sensitivity settings where possible.
Canon has said that it wants to ensure EOS-1D Mark III users have an easy transition to the EOS-1D Mark IV, which I understand, but I am surprised that the manufacturer hasn’t taken the opportunity to introduce some of the changes we have seen lower down its DSLR line-up. To be fair, these are refinements to a system that works very well and if I had a spare £3,800 I’d be very tempted by the EOS-1D Mark IV.
Canon EOS-ID Mark IV – Key Features
In addition to evaluative metering, partial, spot and centreweighted average metering are available. Partial metering measures from an area at the centre of the scene, covering about 13.5% of the viewfinder. The spot meter lacks the precision of some other cameras and covers an area of around 3.8% of the viewfinder area.
At 1920×1080 pixels (Full HD), video may be recorded at 30p, 25p or 24p fps, while 60p or 50p fps recording is possible at HD (1280×720 pixels) and SD (640×480 pixels) resolution.
This can be used to start video recording, lock flash exposure or for taking multiple spot meter readings.
Peripheral illumination correction
Data for 29 lenses is pre-installed, but data for up to 40 lenses can be stored so corner shading can be corrected automatically.
This button provides access to the white balance and memory card/image size and quality options.
Vertical grip with speaker hole
The buttons to the right provide control over the AF, exposure lock and image magnification when the camera is used in the vertical orientation.
Three raw file sizes
There are three raw file sizes available on the EOS-1D Mark IV: four-million-pixel (2448×1632-pixel) S-raw, a nine-million-pixel (3672×2448-pixel) M-raw (Medium-raw) option and the standard 16-million-pixel raw size (4896×3264 pixels). There are also four JPEG image sizes and ten compression ratios.
The EOS-1D Mark IV has two card slots, one for CompactFlash and the other for SD (and SDHC) media. The photographer can specify how images are saved when both slots are occupied. Images can be stored at different sizes or formats (JPEG or raw) on each card, or movies can be stored on one card and still images on the other.