Canon 1D MIV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV front
  • 16MP - APS-H Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1230g - 156 x 157 x 80mm
  • Released February 2010
  • Old Model is Canon 1D MIII
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 1D MIV overview

Canon 1D MIV is Canon's Pro DSLR camera initially announced on February of 2010. The camera uses a 16MP, CMOS APS-H sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4896 x 3264.

Canon brought out this camera in an effort to upgrade the previous Canon 1D MIII (Read Full Comparison)

The 1D MIV comes in at #12 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and all-around #255 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 1D MIV family

The Canon 1D MIV comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all earlier and most recent models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 1D MIV16MPAPS-H10.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D MIII
10MPAPS-H10.0 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D MII
1D MIV vs 1D MII
8MPAPS-H9.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-1D front thumbnailCanon 1D
1D MIV vs 1D
4MPAPS-H8.0 fps2001

Canon 1D MIV Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Canon 1D MIV based on criterias which are normally seen as crucial in a camera.

2 card slots
exports RAW files
features face detection focus
focusing manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sized screen (3 inches)
great min ISO (100)
high flash sync (1/300 seconds)
high resolution screen (920 thousand dots)
includes external mic support
includes HDMI out
includes Top LCD display
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
sensor size is nice (APS-H)
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
weather proof
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
fixed screen
lack of headphone support
lack of image stabilization
low battery power (1,500 CIPA)
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Canon 1D MIV Sensor info

The Canon 1D MIV is run by the Digic 4 chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon 1D MIV is 27.9mm x 18.6mm (APS-H). The 519 mm² sensor can resolve 4896 x 3264 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can also be expanded electronically to 50 - 102400. RAW files are supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the 1D MIV's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 1D MIV sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.3 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1D MIV dimensions

Canon 1D MIV is 2.71 pounds (1,230 grams / 43.39 oz) and features outside proportions of 156mm x 157mm x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1"). The weight of general Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 grams so the Canon 1D MIV is very similar compared to various rivals.

Photography Glossary

Here is a image of the Canon 1D MIV beside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the 1D MIV.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV topview buttons dials

Canon 1D MIV Lens info

The 1D MIV uses the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses available. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the 1D MIV.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-400mm-F2.8L-IS-III-USM lensCanon EF 400mm F2.8L IS III USM400mmf/2.8 2840g
Canon-TS-E-17mm-f4L lensCanon TS-E 17mm f4L17mmf/4.0 820g
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Sigma-14mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art14mmf/1.81170g
Canon-TS-E-50mm-F2.8L-Macro lensCanon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro50mmf/2.8945g
Sigma-50-150mm-F2.8-EX-DC-APO-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM50-150mmf/2.8 1350g
Tamron-SP-70-200mm-2.8-Di-VC-USD-G2-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 70-200mm 2.8 Di VC USD G270-200mmf/2.8-22 1500g
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Zeiss-Otus-28mm-F1.4-EF-Mount lensZeiss Otus 28mm F1.428mmf/1.40g
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Canon 1D MIV Connectivity

The 1D MIV has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy photos and oftentimes alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Some applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon 1D MIV Video info

The highest video quality in the Canon 1D MIV is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in H.264 format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. Although the camera comes with a mic socket, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone socket which means you won't have the ability to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Canon 1D MIV Weather Sealing

Canon 1D MIV provides weather sealing making it a very good choice to use during rough conditions. This is especially handy when you are unsure about the conditions you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Canon 1D MIV Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 1D MIV houses a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support. The 1D MIV also has a builtin Top LCD display allowing you to quickly see camera settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon 1D MIV are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon 1D MIV Shutter info

Canon 1D MIV can shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Canon 1D MIV Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon 1D MIV has got external flash ability but with no built in flash. The highest flash sync is 1/300s.

Canon 1D MIV Autofocusing info

Canon 1D MIV has got both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is helpful for portrait photography.

The AF system boasts 45 focus points to pick from. Canon 1D MIV supports manual focus in case it is required during low light scenarios or you need more accurate focus control.

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Canon 1D MIV Battery life

The battery power (LP-E4) in the Canon 1D MIV is made to last for 1500 pictures based on the CIPA requirements making it less as compared with its rivals. The typical Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X has got the highest (4400) battery life within this type of cameras.

Below is a number of Pro DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:

Canon 1D MIV for various styles of photography

The following diagram presents a summation of the Canon 1D MIV for various styles of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon 1D MIV as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon 1D MIV has a points total of 74 which is very good, and means the camera is a fine option for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos together with the ability to work with off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/300s)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-H)
comes with face detection autofocus
supports RAW files

Street photography with Canon 1D MIV

Getting a reasonable rating of 55, the Canon 1D MIV is relatively suitable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-H)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization

Canon 1D MIV Sports photography details

A very good sports photography points tally of 64 suggests the Canon 1D MIV is a good option for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-H)
weather proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery pack (1,500 shots)

Canon 1D MIV Travel photography details

Portability is really important when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Canon 1D MIV gets a average 51 as a travelling camera which is reasonably suited to take with you on your trips.

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environment proof
good resolution (16MP)
terrible battery pack (1,500 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly

Canon 1D MIV Landscape photography highlights

In case you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Canon 1D MIV with it's above average score of 67 as a landscape camera is a very decent pick within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-H)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
2 card slots
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery pack (1,500 per charge)

Canon 1D MIV Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Canon 1D MIV is not good for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 27.

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supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic jack
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization

Canon 1D MIV Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the 1D MIV, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Pro DSLR.

The diagram just below gives you a bird's eye view of the 1D MIV versus it's highest scored competitors suggested previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may see as alternate options. To see a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Physical type
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 4
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
27.9 x 18.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
4896 x 3264
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/300 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1230 gr (2.71 lb)
Physical dimensions
156 x 157 x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1")
Battery life
1500 pictures
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, SD/SDHC card
Card slots
Cost at launch