Canon EOS 1D Mk IV
One of the most important categories of any manufacturer's portfolio of DSLRs is the advanced range. While eye-watering specification is the stuff of dreams for many amateur photographers, for the professionals out there the cutting-edge technology is a must.
This award category has long been a showdown between Canon and Nikon and despite a fine challenger in the shape of the Sony Alpha A850, it was a tight run race between the pair again. In the final assessment, however, Canon triumphed.
The EOS 1D Mk IV's 16.1MP APS-H CMOS sensor delivers stunning images, and that's just the beginning. The dual DIGIC 4 processors offer a 10fps for up to 121 JPEGs, a mind-twistingly high sensitivity up to ISO 102,400, and Full HD movie capture with manual control also features. The 3in Clear View II LCD is now complete with live view, while focus utilises a 45-point AF system with 39 cross-type sensors.
While it may be out of reach for most amateur photographers, professionals have been quick to update to the new addition and, when you do the maths, it's easy to see why.
Sony Alpha A850