Canon Introduces EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR

Canon announced the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras. The new EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR targets professional photographers with its redesigned 45-point autofocus system, 10 frames per second burst speed, 16-megapixel resolution, HD video capabilities, and weather-resistant camera body.

The new EOS-1D Mark IV features Canon's most advanced autofocus system to date with a newly developed 45-point AF sensor that features 39 high-precision cross-type AF points and an all new AI Servo II AF mode for focusing on and tracking fast-moving subjects at speeds up to 10fps.

The EOS-1D Mark IV also features the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date with ISO speed settings from 100 up to 12,800 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments with ISO Expansion settings of L: 50 for bright light or H1: 25,600, H2: 51,200, and H3: 102,400 for dimly lit situations. Canon claims photographers will be impressed by the low-noise quality of the EOS-1D Mark IV, even at speed settings up to ISO 12,800. At higher settings, Canon's adjustable High ISO Noise Reduction feature will also be useful.

You'll find a new APS-H-sized image sensor that’s similar in size to a Super 35mm motion picture film frame in the EOS-1D Mark IV. With this sensor, filmmakers will be able to achieve a shallow depth-of-field similarly to how cinematographers are able to achieve using higher-cost motion picture equipment. The EOS-1D Mark IV can record video in three resolutions: 1080p Full HD and 720p HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards. The camera offers an internal monaural microphone as well as a stereo microphone input for sound recording.

The EOS-1D Mark IV offers 60% more pixels than its predecessor, the EOS-1D Mark III. It also employs Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors with approximately six times the processing power of DIGIC III. These processors enable full 14-bit A/D conversion at 10 fps as well as bursts of up to 121 large JPEGs with a UDMA CF card.

Other new features of the EOS-1D Mark IV include a 3-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution and a viewing angle of 160-degrees. Professionals can also secure their images using a new in-camera copyright information feature. The EOS-1D Mark IV also offers a fluorine coating on the Low Pass Filter to help repel dust and enhance the EOS Integrated Cleaning System.

In addition to announcing the EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon announced the new WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter exclusively for the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. This wireless transmitter offers photographers a range of connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet.

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR should be available in late December as a body-only configuration for approximately $4,999. Pricing and availability for the Canon WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter will be available later this year.