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Canon 1D Mark IV: Review

Canon 1D Mark IV Review: January 31st, 2010.

**Update**: the rights to this review have been purchased by CanonRumors.  The rest of the review, along with any updates will now only be listed on the CanonRumors website, under Camera Reviews –> EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon 1D Mark IV

Introduction

The Canon 1D-series is a group of cameras which really need no introduction. They are the best of the best in Canon’s lineup and and they deliver the quality professionals rely on. New to this lineup for 2010 (or for 2009 to the lucky Aussies who got them early!) is the Canon 1D Mark IV. The 1D series is more the sports/photojournalist pro camera, whereas the 1Ds series is more the Fine Art / Studio pro camera, and while the 1Ds Mark IV is rumored to be announced as soon as Spring 2010, for now the 1D Mark IV is the newest of Canon’s toys/money-makers/tools.

Why the picture of the camera surrounded by all the tools? Because this camera is a professional’s workhorse. Everything about it screams build quality, reliability, customization, and raw power – all the likes of which come together to allow the photographer to take pictures in situations that simply weren’t possible previously. I would say 90% of this camera is pure amazing and praise worthy, but I was shocked particularly at one of the areas I felt that Canon has almost deliberately handicapped this camera – an issue that can easily be fixed if Canon listens to its consumers. Keep reading to find my conclusions on Handling, Performance, Comparisons against the 50D, 5D Mark II, and the 1Ds Mark III, and my conclusion!

This review is the culmination of over 40 hours of testing and comparing aimed at representing typical performance in a real-world environment.

***The rights to this review have been purchased by CanonRumors.  The rest of the review, along with any updates will now only be listed on the CanonRumors website, under Camera Reviews –> EOS 1D Mark IVThey just redid their site, so check it out!***

More Info on the Camera?

The Digital Picture’s Review
Karel Donk’s Thoughts