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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
alaScore 91

132 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the shutter and usability are generally positive. The video and image quality also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the battery and value for money. Comments about the reliability and size are different.

performance, image quality, video, usability, shutter

value for money, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV DLSR First Impressions Review


The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV ($4999 MSRP, body only) is a professional-level DSLR, if the price itself didn't clue you in. It offers just a few step-ups from the three-year old 1D Mark III, but they may be enough to sway the right shooter: 16 MP pictures,...

The Canon EOS-D1 Mark IV ($4999 MSRP, body only) appears to be a solid camera with a lot of great features. If people were eagerly awaiting a slew of big upgrades from the Mark III, well... they may be a bit disappointed. The increase in resolution...

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SDHC Flash Memory Performance on Canon EOS 1D Mark IV


Digital SLR cameras generally save their images to one of two different types of memory card: the majority support CompactFlash (CF), while others such as Nikon's D3000 and the Canon Rebel XS write data onto Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. The latter...

If your priority is camera performance, taking uninterrupted still images of action sequences, you would want to stick with UDMA enabled CompactFlash, preferably a mode 6 card. Our tests show that, right now, DSLRs and card reader compliant with the...


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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review


The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is the fifth generation of Canon's speed-orientated range of professional DSLRs. It retains the two-grip form factor of the original, 4MP EOS-1D launched in September 2001 (itself building on the integrated grip of the film-era...

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...

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...

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. The Nikon D3S might beat it in very low...


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Canon 1D Mark IV


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Excellent 16-megapixel sensor with very low noise and superb detail ; Dust removal technology reduces sensor cleaning chores ; High-resolution 3.0-inch LCD makes checking focus and composing in Live View an excellent experience ; Status display...

Automatic white balance much too warm in incandescent lighting ; Battery capacity is reduced from the larger screen and dust off system ; No integrated help system for menus ; Predictive autofocus tracking is not always reliable, very complicated ;...

As the company's more popular professional camera in terms of units sold, Canon's 1D Mark IV came a little early in its development cycle with two major improvements, along with a resolution increase. Movie mode was important to compete with the Nikon...


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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review


Only for the pros.

Incredibly fast, Great Auto-Focus, Superb HD video recording

Expensive, Complex to understand

Let’s face it, Canon has been around since 1933, and if you are doing something for 80 years you are supposed be good at it, and Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is a prime example of that. We all agree that digital photography has changed the world, there are...

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV


The Mark IV weighs 1.4kg, packs a 16.1-megapixel image sensor, dual DIGIC IV image processors and a 45-point auto focus system

There’s nothing that holds a candle to the Mark IV's still image captures. Its superbly detailed, high resolution images will blow you away.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Digital SLR Camera Review


With full 1080P resolution at 24 to 30 frames per second and low noise capabilities, Canon once again gives filmmakers a compelling reason to trade in their…

Shallow DoF ; Many frame rate and resolution choices ; Excellent build and external controls

No manual audio control ; Complex autofocus ; No dedicated switch between stills and video

With full 1080P resolution at 24 to 30 frames per second and low noise capabilities, Canon once again gives filmmakers a compelling reason to trade in their camcorders for a DSLR.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Review


The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is the latest evolution at the top of Canon's DSLR line.

Solid construction ; Good image quality ; Wide ISO range

Cost ; Size and weight

Going pro isn't cheap - the body alone will set you back more than $5,000 once sales tax and shipping are levied on top of the MSRP. The premium "L" series lenses that help maximize image quality aren't bargain basement equipment either. The 100mm...

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Canon bounces back with the EOS 1D Mark IV


Canon didn't allow Nikon to enjoy the limelight for too long after all, announcing the forthcoming release of its new EOS 1D Mark IV professional D-SLR camera before the fanfare that accompanied Nikon's D3S had even died down. As well as slightly...

Canon's new offspring has a slightly smaller CMOS sensor (27.9 by 18.6mm) than the D3S (36 x 23.9 mm) but offers 16.1 megapixels as opposed to 12.1 and a 1.3x crop instead of 1.2. Both models offer a 3:2 aspect ratio, RGB color filter array and a...

Product Specifications

As a leader in speed and resolution the EOS-1D Mark IV, captures the extraordinary. Freeze action at 16.1 megapixels and at 10fps or with Full HD video, the EOS-1D Mark IV is ready for everything.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon LP-E4

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:Microdrive / SD Memory Card / CompactFlash / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Model:1D Mark IV
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:18.6 x 27.9mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):18.6 x 27.9 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:16.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):102400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 51200 / ISO auto (100-12800) / ISO 102400 / ISO 50 / ISO 25600 / ISO 100-12800
Special Effects:Portrait / Landscape / Monochrome / Faithful / Neutral
Still Image Format:RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical