Canon EOS 1D Mark 4 - A quality crop, but full frames are cheaper
31 May 2011
Excerpt: Many pros question the existence of the 1D Mark 4, or rather, they question the need for one. After having reviewed it, and spending the better part of a month with it, we cannot help but agree with this fraternity.
Summary: Putting the EOS-1D Mk3's demons behind it Canon has produced an upgrade that's not just better, but delivers an incredibly versatile tool that blurs the 'sports camera/studio camera' line more than ever before.
Pros: Highly detailed 16MP images in a wide range of conditions, 10 frames per second shooting make it the fastest full-res camera on the market, Compatible with the most comprehensive lens range on the market, Excellent AF performance during our testing, Very good high ISO performance even at 25,600, ...
Cons: Movie mode (and live view to a lesser extent), feels tacked-on, rather than integrated, Level of AF customization makes optimization challenging, Placement and interaction of AF customization options unhelpful, White balance isn't brilliant in artificial lighting (but few cameras shine in this re...
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 1D MkIV , ( compare prices ) ( review ) is a remarkable camera, and perhaps at a cost of around $5000 you should expect no less. It’s built to a standard to survive hard professional use while delivering images of outstanding quality under adverse conditions.
Summary: The 1D Mk IV is one of the best DSLRs ever produced. As to whether it is better or worse than Nikon’s D3s is too close to call without direct comparison testing between the two. It’s fair to say, though, that both have their benefits and faults and on comparing their ISO performances on our colour...
Pros: High-speed shooting, fast focusing, high quality LCD screen, unbelievable ISO range
Cons: Limited control on video shooting, over-complicated custom menus
Summary: 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.