Overall Rating:

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

White balance and colour

Canon has one of the best, if not the best white balance system currently available and it didn’t throw up any surprises during this test. When shooting in early evening shadow, my images taken with the automatic white balance settings are suitably cool, without being excessively cold – which appears to confirm Canon’s statement that the AWB has been made more neutral and less warm. My shots taken when shooting under the artificial lighting of a night-time velodrome have a slight warmth that suggests the lighting isn’t natural, but without spoiling the images.

Like Canon’s other DSLRs, the EOS-1D Mark IV has a collection of Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome) that may be used to adjust the appearance of JPEG images. As usual, the Standard option is a good starting point and it produces vibrant but natural-looking images. Canon has increased the level of sharpening and saturation that is applied in-camera to make images more ‘press ready’, so that a sharpness of 3 on the EOS-1D Mark IV is equivalent to a setting of 5 on the EOS-1D Mark III.

However, those who want to specify the processing that is applied to the JPEG files can opt to tweak the sharpness, saturation and contrast settings for any of the colour Picture Styles, or save three of their own Picture Styles in-camera. Alternatively, the bundled Picture Style Editor software can be used to produce a bespoke image style that can be saved and registered to the camera.

  • 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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