Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s ISO Comparison

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

The Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s are the two latest powerhouse DSLRs from the respective manufacturers.  As a quick rundown on the spec sheet, the Nikon D3s offers a 12.1-megapixel FX format sensor, while the Canon 1D Mark IV features a 16.1-megapixel APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor.  Both cameras offer extreme high ISO settings, up to the equivalent of ISO 102,400.

Which one offers the best noise control at these crazy-high ISO settings?  Read on to find out. [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV Firmware Update Version 1.0.6

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 1D Mark IV.  The firmware upgrade includes the following:

  1. Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance.*
  2. *AF performance has been enhances for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.

The firmware can be downloaded from Canon’s website.

Canon 1D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.0.6 Coming Soon

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon Europe has announced a new firmware update that will be coming soon for the EOS 1D Mark IV.  The firmware version 1.0.6 will address the following issues:

AF performance has been enhanced for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.

Stay tuned for more details on the availability of the firmware update.

[via Canon Europe]

Canon Wireless Transfer Units for 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II and 7D

Yesterday, Canon introduced Wireless File Transmitter units for 3 of its DSLRs – the 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II and 7D.

The Canon 1D Mark IV will use the WFT-E2 II A unit.

The Canon 5D Mark II will use the WFT-E4 II A unit.

The Canon 7D will use the WFT-E5A.

All models offer 802.11a/b/g connectivity, FTP mode for transfer even remotely over the Internet, camera linking for firing up to 11 cameras simultaneously, and several other features.

The E4 II A and E5A is currently available at an initial retail price of $699.99.

The E2 II A should be available in the first quarter of 2010 at a yet to be announced price.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV Availability

It looks like the Canon 1D Mark IV has commenced shipping in the US and Canada.  I’ve seen several user reports of folks taking delivery across the photo forums and blogosphere.  Rob Galbraith has posted the same news today as well.

Some of the biggest camera retailers have yet to update their stock status for the 1D Mark IV, which suggests that the shipments are still rolling out.

You can continue to check availability at the following trusted retailers:

B&H Photo



Stay tuned over the next few days, as we should see the stock continue to update at US retailers.

Canon 1D Mark IV Hands-On Review

After getting some hands on time with the 7D before, my impressions going into Photo Plus with the 1D Mark IV were that it was basically a “grown up” version of that camera. In some ways I’m wrong, and in some ways I’m right. The 1D Mark IV is a camera that Canon users of all types and backgrounds will drool over. From the amazing high ISO photos to the lovely HD video modes, there is lots to love in this camera.

[Read more...]

Canon’s Most Important Product Launch Ever?

As if the Canon 7D wasn’t enough, Canon has apparently been dropping invites for “one of their biggest and most important product launches in its history.” It looks set to go down on September 29.

“In the autumn the Canon one of their biggest and most important product launches in the company’s history and we hope you can attend. During a lunch date you are welcome to listen to CEO Jouko Tuominen, Marketing and trend analyst Magnus Lindkvist, when they’re talking about

future trends and success factors in an increasingly digitalized everyday.

Date: 29 September

Time: Cl. 11-13

An invitation with more details coming soon. Welcome!

A picture of one, as I understand it, has created a large box with a red rag over. One side of the box looming, cardboard-colored, without pressure. Should mean something to professional direction. Hopefully not a new color laser …

Canon 1D Mark IV anyone?  Pro video gear?  The infamous Canikon (people still email me on this wanting more details)? A copier that makes perfect copies of Chuck Norris? Anyone?

Take your guess or offer your insider information in the comments below.  Closest to the actual product gets 40 kudos (that’s points, not candies).

[Fotosidans forum & G-translate via DPR forum]

Canon 1D Mark IIIn or IV Rumors

With the recent hoopla over Nikon’s new D3 and with the Canon 1D Mark III autofocusing issues, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Canon shooters are calling for an all-out replacement of the camera with a new iteration of the camera. Well, the rumors weren’t too far behind. That’s right, rumors of a 1D Mark IV or Mark IIIn have started to rear their ugly head. Here’s some of the rumored specs floating around the web:

  • Same form factor as current 1D series
  • Full Frame 16MP sensor (no more 1.3x crop cameras)
  • ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to 50 and 12800)
  • Live View with contrast detection AF and HD Video capture (It is rumored that this will revolutionize photo journalism and meet growing requirement for web news video and cross media feeds).
  • Capable of capturing stills from HD Video (but only at 2MP resolution)
  • 1.3x crop mode with viewfinder masking and reduced size RAW (10MP) with significantly improved buffer for cropped RAW images
  • 10 fps

Time will tell, but this could be out by Fall 2008. Photokina anyone?

As always, I’ll keep you posted.


2/22/09: More rumors of a 16MP sensor, no dates yet. Read more.

2/10/09: 1D Mark III replacement will not appear at PMA 2009. Read more.

2/2/09: Rumors of PMA 2009 release. Read more.

5/1/08: Rumored June announcement along with the Canon 5D Mark II.  Read more.

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