Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review

Overall 43
Imaging 20
Features 46
Size 67
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-H CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expands to 50 - 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 156 x 157 x 80 mm
  • Weight: 1230 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Canon 1D MIII.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Summary

This review is devoted to EOS-1D Mark IV that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 22, 2010. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-H (27.9 x 18.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Canon released to replace their older product 1D MIII.

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #85 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #614 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS-1D Mark IV review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1320
  • Number Of Focus Points: 45
  • Headphone Port: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: Eye-Fi Connected
  • Dust Proof: No

Complete Comparison of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV has the following external dimensions 156 x 156 x 80 mm (61.42 x 61.81 x 31.5″) with the weight of 1230 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 80mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV — 1500 shots
Min: 650 shots
Average: 2336 shots
Max: 4400 shots

Thickness

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV — 80 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV — 1230 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-H (27.9 x 18.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 102400.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV features a 16.0 MP APS-H sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 74 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-H sensor featured in Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS-1D Mark IV has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.76x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model comes packed with excellent magnification and coverage. Its coverage indicator of 100% guarantees excellent quality of shots and ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the ViewFinder while shooting. This also contributes to a better framing of your shots, so, in most cases, there won’t be a need for further cropping.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, EOS-1D Mark IV unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Canon EOS-1D Mark IV stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 45 points.

In addition, EOS-1D Mark IV has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect EOS-1D Mark IV to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS-1D Mark IV provides a shooting life of 1500, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 2336 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon EOS-1D Mark IV for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS-1D Mark IV’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS-1D Mark IV’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS-1D Mark IV to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D Mark IV performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-H (27.9 x 18.6 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D Mark IV performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-H(27.9 x 18.6 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1500 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (156 x 157 x 80 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D Mark IV performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV can be called a 90 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big battery life (1500 shots)
  • Big size (156 x 157 x 80 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (45)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D Mark IV performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-H (27.9 x 18.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1230 g)
  • Big size (156 x 157 x 80 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D Mark IV performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV can be called a 90 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-H (27.9 x 18.6 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.0)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS-1D Mark IV
Announced Feb 22, 2010
Body Type Large SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF
Number of Lenses 256
Focal Length Multiplier 1.3x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.76
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes External
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 74
DxO Color Depth 22.8
DxO Dynamic Range 12.0
DxO Low Light ISO 1320
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-H
Sensor Dimensions 27.9 x 18.6 mm
Sensor Area 518.94 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4896 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 102,400
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 45
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1230 g
Physical Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm
Battery Life 1500 shots
Battery Type 1500 shots
Battery Model LP-E4
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1

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