Friday, November 6, 2009
First Look: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Built for action, the newest camera in the EOS-1D line has built-in HD video and a maximum ISO above 100,000
Canon introduced the EOS-1D Mark III high-speed pro D-SLR some 2½ years ago, and that 10.1-megapixel, 10 fps camera quickly became a favorite with action pros for its shooting speed and with still others for its fine image quality. Now comes its eagerly awaited successor: the EOS-1D Mark IV, with 60% more pixels, HD video, ISOs to 102,400, an all-new AF system and more.
The EOS-1D Mark II was the first EOS to feature dual on-board DIGIC processors. The EOS-1D Mark IV sports a pair of DIGIC 4s, with approximately six times the processing power. This helps to give photographers the ability to shoot 14-bit, 16-megapixel images at 10 per second, plus HD video. The processors and an all-new Canon CMOS sensor make possible a normal ISO range of 100-12,800, with expansion all the way to 102,400 with its APS-H sensor.
The Mark IV also can shoot HD video at ISOs up to 102,400, opening a whole new world to users—not just video, not just HD video, but HD video in ambient light just about anywhere. Canon D-SLR video pioneer Vincent Laforet already has a quickly produced Mark IV video online, shot in city streets by ambient light at night, mostly at ISO 6400. Search for it: Nocturne Vincent Laforet.
|Image Sensor:||16.1-megapixel (effective) CMOS|
|CMOS Resolution:||4896x3264 pixels|
|Sensor Size:||27.9x18.6mm (APS-H); 1.3x|
|LCD Monitor:||3.0-inch, 920,000-dot Live View|
|Video:||Full HD 1920x1080p/30, 24 and 25 fps; HD 1280x720p/60 |
and 50 fps; SD 640x480p/60 and 50 fps
|Shutter Speeds:||1⁄8000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄300 sec.|
|ISO Settings:||100-12,800 (1/3 increments), expandable to 50-102,400|
|Continuous Firing Mode:||10 fps|
|Recording Format:||JPEG, 14-bit RAW|
|Metering:||63-zone evaluative, 13.5% partial, 3.8% spot, CW|
|Storage Media:||Compact Flash (UDMA-compliant) and SD/SDHC|
|Power Source:||Rechargeable LP-E4 lithium-ion battery|
|Estimated Street Price:||$4,999|
|Contact:||Canon USA, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com|