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Canon Announces the EOS-1D Mark IV

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Canon just announced the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. It’s the first DSLR in the flagship 1D lineup to offer HD video recording capabilities at 1080p resolution.

It boasts a 16.1 megapixel sensor (a 6 megapixel increase from the Mark III) and has an native maximum ISO of 12,800, but can be increased to 102,400 via a custom function. This means the camera has pretty ridiculous low-light performance. In comparison, the Mark III offered up to 3,200 ISO.

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Vincent Laforet received a prototype of the Mark IV a couple weeks ago to try out, and quickly put together a short film. It’s pretty mind-boggling what this camera can do in low-light situations.

These features come at a steep price. The suggested retail price for just the camera body is estimated to be $4,999, so it’s not exactly the kind of camera you’d buy to just play around with.

To find out more about this camera (i.e. more detailed specs), check out the newly created Wikipedia page.


 
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  • Bergur

    How about a give-away, eh? :P

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Haha. Maybe in the future :-)

  • nathanyan

    The 1D Mark III has a 50-6400 ISO range – it reaches 3200 natively but goes to ISO6400 as a boost.

  • nathanyan

    And it'd be wrong to suggest the Mark IV will magically have “ridiculous low-light performance” just because it's marketed with a capability to shoot at a certain sensitivity. For all you know, the increased pixel density could render noise performance to be *worse* than that of the 1D3.

    My bet would be that it doesn't match up with the D3s or a hypothetical D700s.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Right, but I was basing that statement off what I read elsewhere, like the post I linked to: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2009/10/19/light

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Right, but I was basing that statement off what I read elsewhere, like the post I linked to: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2009/10/19/light