CANON EOS-1D Mark IV
LIST PRICE: $4,999 (body only)
The Mark III featured dual DIGIC III image processors. The Mark IV sports twin DIGIC 4 processors, with approximately six times the processing power. That improves image quality and makes possible HD video and the super-quick performance, even with 14-bit, 16-megapixel images.
The Mark IV retains the efficient 63-zone metering system of the Mark III, which also provides 13.5% partial, 3.8% spot and center-weighted average metering. Spot metering can be linked to the active AF point, and multi-spot metering can consider up to eight spot readings. Also retained is a system that uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove dust from the image sensor.
Like all EOS-1 series cameras, the Mark IV was designed for hard pro use. Body covers, the internal chassis and the mirror box are made of rugged, yet light magnesium alloy, while the lens mount is of stainless steel for added strength. Seventy-six gaskets and seals protect against weather (the Speedlite 580EX II and most current L-series lenses also are fully weather-resistant). Like the EOS-1D Mark III, the Mark IV’s LCD monitor is 3.0 inches, but the resolution has increased from 230,000 dots to 920,000.
Auto Lighting Optimizer automatically adjusts the image for optimal brightness and contrast in-camera, reducing the need for extensive postprocessing corrections.
STANDOUT FEATURE: The Mark IV has a normal ISO range of 100-12,800, expandable to L (50), H1 (25,600), H2 (51,200) and even H3 (102,400). All settings but 50 can be used for videos, too!
VERDICT: The EOS-1D Mark IV should be a terrific action and available-light camera, and can do videos in amazingly low light.
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