The Canon 1D Mark IV is Canon’s most advanced DSLR to date with HD video, 102,400 ISO, and full customisation to suit the way you take pictures

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Overall score:95%
Image Quality:95%


  • High-speed shooting, fast focusing, high quality LCD screen, unbelievable ISO range


  • Limited control on video shooting, over-complicated custom menus


Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Review


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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 chart, the 1D Mk IV doesn’t control noise as well above 12,800 but it does have other strengths.

The power of this camera is immense and its ability to shoot full 16MP 14-bit Raw files at 10fps – while tracking a moving subject – is jaw-dropping. If I had the money to spare I’d buy this camera tomorrow, but realistically you need to be making serious money from your images to justify spending £4,000 on the body alone. However, with this camera you would certainly have a head start in producing good enough shots.


ISO:100-12,800 (50-102,400 expanded)
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, 5 manual preset storage, WB compensation
Cable Release:Yes (N3 terminal, wireless LC-5)
Lens Mount:Canon EF (not EF-S)
Built-in Flash:No
Memory Card:CompactFlash, SD, SDHC
Exposure Comp:+/- 3EV in 1/3, ½, EV
Compression:10stage (JPEG), 1stage (Raw)
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
PC Socket:Yes
LCD:3in Clear view II TFT 920k dot
Output Size:4896 x 3264 pixels
Field of View:100%
Colour Temp Control:Yes
AF Points:45 point (39 f/2.8 cross type)
White Balance Bracket:3 frames +/- 3 levels
Sensor:16.1MP APS-H CMOS
Focal Length Mag:1.3x
Max Flash Sync:1/300
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Metering System:63-zone SPC TTL
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Exposure Modes:M, A, S, P
Connectivity:USB, HDMI, AV out, system terminal, Mic-in, DC-in
Live Mode:Yes, Quick mode and Live mode AF, plus live face detection
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion LP –E4, 1x CR2025 for date and time
Dimensions:156 x 156.6 x 79.9mm
File Format:JPEG, Raw, sRaw, MOV (H.264)
Shutter Speeds:1/8000-30secs at 1/3, ½, +Bulb
Focusing Modes:One Shot, AI Servo, Manual; auto (45, 19, 11, 9), manual
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Drive Mode:Single, continuous (low), continuous (high), self-timer, silent single shooting
  1. 1. Canon 1D Mark IV Key features
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Value and image quality
  5. 5. Software
  6. 6. Verdict
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