Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has introduced the Canon
EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, which boasts a 16-megapixel Canon
CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data
conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO
range Canon has produced to date.
This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video
capture at selectable frame rates. According to Yuichi Ishizuka,
senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group,
Canon U.S.A., the crowning achievement of Canon’s 1D Mark IV Digital
SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points
including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of
tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to
10 frames per second.
With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a
newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus
performance among professional digital SLRs, he adds. Canon is also
announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter
providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital
The new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera is equipped with a newly
developed 45-point AF sensor featuring 39 cross-type AF points, and
an all new AI Servo II AF mode that gives still photographers the
ability to track and focus a fast-moving subject at speeds up to 10
frames per second. With more than twice as many cross-type focusing
points as the EOS-1D Mark III and a new AF sensor construction that
improves performance in low light and with low contrast subjects, the
EOS-1D Mark IV has greater subject detection capabilities than any
previous EOS model, says Ishizuka. To complete the range of AF
improvements, Canon has developed a new AI Servo II AF predictive
focusing algorithm that improves responsiveness and stability by
making better decisions on focus tracking in a variety of shooting
Wedding and event photographers shooting in low light without the
benefit of a flash can take advantage of Canon’s widest ISO range and
highest performance ever. The EOS-1D Mark IV camera’s ISO speed
settings range from 100 up to 12,800 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
with ISO Expansion settings of L: 50 for bright light or H1: 25,600,
H2: 51,200, and H3: 102,400 for even the most dimly lit situations.
The 1D Mark IV can capture still images and video footage even at
speed settings as high as ISO 12,800. High ISO, low light still
images are further enhanced by Canon’s adjustable High ISO Noise
Reduction feature, now a default setting in the camera.
Other new features include a large three-inch solid structure Clear
View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution and a wide
160-degree viewing angle for enhanced clarity and more precise color
when reviewing images and shooting video. The new in-camera copyright
information feature helps professionals secure control over images by
setting copyright data directly into the camera and appending that
information to each image file in the Exif metadata, says Ishizuka.
Additional features include a fluorine coating on the Low Pass Filter
to further repel dust and enhance the EOS Integrated Cleaning System.
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be
delivered to U.S. dealers in late December, and will be sold in a
body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of US$4,999.
Final pricing and availability for the Canon WFT-E2 II A wireless
file transmitter will be available later this year.