Canon 1Ds Mark IV Rumored to Be in Field Testing

National Geographic freelancer Steven Alvarez mentioned on his blog that he’s heard reports Canon has been field testing some 1Ds Mark IV cameras.  Nothing specific though.  So, just consider this a public service announcement.

Perhaps we’ll see a 1Ds Mark IV by Photokina 2010 to replace the aging Canon 1Ds Mark III, which has hit the bargain basement price of about $6100.

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Canon 1Ds Mark IV

There are only three certainties in life – death, taxes and rumors of new cameras.  Hence the latest rumor of a Canon 1Ds Mark IV around the corner.  Picked up on the photofans.cn forum via Slashgear.

Rumored specs include:

  • CMOS size 36x24mm
  • 21 megapixels
  • ISO 25-12800 (expandable to ISO 10, 25600, 51200)
  • 69-point AF EAC technology (do not know what this technology) (TTL-AREA-SIR II AF)
  • Flash Sync Mode: 1 / 4000 ESR (X high-speed flash sync?)
  • USB2.0 and external HD transmission
  • 4 to 3 and 16 to 9 on the two show
  • HDMI terminal. External monitor may display LV
  • Continuous rate of 6.8 per second
  • 2 DIGIC 4 processing chips
  • 24fps and 30fps 2 kind of video mode

Also, rumors of two new lenses were included:

  1. The new 100-400L F4.0-5.6 IS
  2. The new 50/F1.4 USM

Credibility?  Unknown.

This is a flyer on its own for now.  Granted, the 5D Mark II really changes the picture for the current 1Ds Mark III, which is in some ways inferior to a camera that is about 1/3 of its price point.  Perhaps this is more of a 1Ds Mark IIIn than a Mark IV given the presence of a 21 megapixel sensor in the rumored specs?

What do you think?

UPDATES

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