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EOS-1D Mark IV

EOS-1D Mark IV

EOS-1D Mark IV

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Marketed December 2009
Original Price Open price

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV features a newly developed 16.1-megapixel APS-H size (27.9 x 18.6 mm) CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4, comprising two high-performance DIGIC 4 image processors, making possible an expanded normal ISO sensitivity* range of 100-12,800 for beautiful image quality with low noise at all settings. The camera also allows an extended ISO range of 50-102,400. Low-sensitivity settings support outstanding results for outdoor portrait-photo shoots under bright lighting conditions or when using large strobe lights in a studio environment, while high-sensitivity settings boost performance when shooting indoor sports action and night games or conducting nighttime photojournalism. The camera makes possible a continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 10 frames per second for up to approximately 121 large JPEG images in a single burst.

The EOS-1D Mark IV’s newly developed 45-point AF (autofocus) sensor, including 39 cross-type AF points with sensitivity up to f/2.8, ensures greatly improved focusing accuracy. Equipped with AI Servo AF II, incorporating a new algorithm, the camera achieves high levels of AF stability and tracking performance.

*Recommended exposure index

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording Media CF card (Type I or II, UDMA-compatible), SD memory card, SDHC memory card

* With Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 II A/B/C/D or
WFT-E2/E2A (with firmware Ver. 2.0.0 or higher),
recording to USB external media possible

Image Sensor Size 27.9 x 18.6 mm
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx.1.3 times the lens focal length)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 16.10 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Dust delete feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible
Recorded pixels Large : Approx. 16.00 megapixels (4896 x 3264)
Medium 1: Approx. 12.40 megapixels (4320 x 2880)
Medium 2: Approx. 8.40 megapixels (3552 x 2368)
Small : Approx. 4.00 megapixels (2448 x 1632)
RAW : Approx. 16.00 megapixels (4896 x 3264)
M-RAW : Approx. 9.00 megapixels (3672 x 2448)
S-RAW : Approx. 4.00 megapixels (2448 x 1632)
Recording function Standard, Auto switch media, Rec. separately, Rec. to multiple
Create/select a folder Possible
File name Preset code, User setting 1, User setting 2
File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Image Processing
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful,
Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom (total 5 settings), Color temperature setting (2500-10000K), personal white balance (total 5 settings)
White balance correction and white balance bracketing features provided

* Color temperature information transmission enabled

Noise reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image
brightness correction
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Provided
Lens peripheral
illumination correction
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.76x (-1 m-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eye point Approx. 20 mm (From eyepiece lens center at -1 m-1)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
Focusing screen Ec-C IV provided, interchangeable
Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview Provided
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF Points 45 points (39 cross-type points + 6 points)
Metering Range EV -1 – 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF-assist Beam Emitted by the dedicated external Speedlite
AF fine adjustment Enabled with AF Microadjustment
Exposure Control
Metering Modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
• Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
• Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
• Center-weighted average metering
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, bulb exposure
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index) Auto (ISO Auto), manual setting within ISO 100 – 12800 (1/3- or whole-stop increments) and expandable to L (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 25600), H2 (ISO 51200), H3 (ISO 102400)
Exposure Compensation Manual and AEB (Settable in combination with manual exposure compensation)
Settable amount: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Standard exposure
level adjustment
AE Microadjustment possible
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/300 sec. (with EOS-dedicated external Speedlite)
Drive System
Drive modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, 10-sec. self-timer, 2-sec. self-timer, and Silent single shooting
Continuous shooting speed Max. approx. 10 shots/sec.
Max. burst JPEG Large: Approx. 85 shots (Approx. 121 shots)
RAW: Approx. 26 shots (Approx. 28 shots)
RAW+JPEG Large: Approx. 20 shots (Approx. 20 shots)

* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (High-speed continuous, JPEG quality: 8, ISO 100, and Standard Picture Style) and a 4 GB card.
* Figures in parentheses apply to an Ultra DMA (UDMA) mode 6 16 GB card based on Canon’s testing standards.

External Speedlite
Compatible flash EX-series Speedlite (Functions settable with the camera)
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
PC terminal Provided
Standard flash exposure
level adjustment
FE Microadjustment possible
Live View Shooting
Focusing Live mode, Face detection Live mode (Contrast
detection), Quick mode (Phase-difference detection)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid display Two types
Movie Shooting
Movie compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Recording format MOV
Recording size
and frame rate
1920×1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280×720 (HD) : 60p/50p
640×480 (SD) : 60p/50p

* 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.0 fps, 24p: 23.976 fps, 60p:
59.94 fps, 50p: 50.0 fps

File size 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p): Approx. 330 MB/sec.
1280×720 (60p/50p) : Approx. 330 MB/sec.
640×480 (60p/50p) : Approx. 165 MB/sec.
Focusing Same as focusing with Live View shooting
Metering modes: Center-weighted average and evaluative metering with
the image sensor

* Automatically set by the focusing mode

Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (exposure compensation possible) for
movies and manual exposure
ISO speed During auto-exposure shooting: Automatically set
During manual exposure shooting:
Auto (ISO Auto), manual setting within ISO 100 – 12800
(1/3- or whole-stop increments) and expandable to H1
(ISO 25600), H2 (ISO 51200), H3 (ISO 102400)
Sound recording Built-in monaural microphone
External stereo microphone terminal provided
Grid display Two types
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots
3-in. with approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness adjustment Manual (7 levels)
Image Playback
Image display formats Single, Single + Info (Image size, shooting information, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index, image rotate
Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x – 10x
Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, movies only, stills only
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
AF point display Possible
Slide show All images, by folder, by date, movies, or stills
Image protect Possible
Copying images Possible
Backup With Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 II A/B/C/D or WFT-E2/E2A (with firmware Ver. 2.0.0 or higher), backing up to external media possible
Voice memo Recording/playback possible
Movie playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT)
Built-in speaker
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Custom Functions
Custom Functions 62 under C.Fn I to IV
C.Fn setting registration Three sets can be registered
Save camera settings Up to ten sets can be registered in a card
Register basic camera
Up to nine settings can be set
My Menu registration Up to six options can be registered
Copyright information Entry and inclusion enabled
Audio/video OUT/
Digital terminal
Analog video (Compatible with NTSC/PAL)/stereo audio output
For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB equivalent)
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution)
External microphone
IN terminal
3.5 mm dia. stereo mini-jack
Remote control terminal Compatible with N3-type remote control
System extension terminal Connects to Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 II A/B/C/D or WFT-E2/E2A (with firmware version 2.0.0 or higher)
Power Source
Battery Battery Pack LP-E4 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4

(sold separately)

Battery information Six-level battery check, remaining capacity, shutter count, and performance can be checked
Battery life With viewfinder shooting: Approx. 1500 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 1200 shots at 0°C/32°F
With Live View shooting: Approx. 270 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 230 shots at 0°C/32°F

* Based on CIPA testing standards

Maximum movie
shooting time
Approx. 2 hr. 40 min. total at 23°C/73°F
Approx. 2 hr. 20 min. total at 0°C/32°F

* With fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4

Date/Time battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 156 x 156.6 x 79.9 mm / 6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.
Weight Approx. 1180 g / 41.6 oz. (body only)
Operating Environment
Working Temperature Range 0°C – 45°C / 32°F – 113°F
Working Humidity 85% or less