New 5DMKII & 1D News from Canon

5D users will finally be able to shoot 25P and 24P with a new firmware update coming for the 5DMkII.

“We understand that EOS 5D Mark II users desire additional frame rates and we’re preparing a firmware update to allow the camera to shoot at both 24P and 25P,” said Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “The upgrade to 24P and 25P will broaden the usage scope for this popular camera to include cinema and broadcast applications, respectively.”Canon expects the firmware update to be available in the first half of 2010 and will release more details as they become available.

In related news Canon also announced the specs for the 1d MkIV a cropped sensor SLR that will also shoot full HD at 24/25/30 fps – while having superior stills ISO and framerates. The EOS 1D Mark IV (RRP approx US$5,000) is available through Canon retailers from December.

Note there is also a minor 7D firmware update.


Canon 1DMkIV

Key features:

  • World’s fastest AF continuous shooting performance at 10 fps (up to 120 shots in a single burst)
  • 16.1MP Canon APS-H size CMOS sensor
  • New 45-point area Auto Focus (AF) system
  • World’s first professional DSLR to feature FULL High Definition movie recording
  • ISO speed range 100-12800 (expandable to L:50; H1: 25600; H2: 51200; H3: 102400)
  • Dual DiG!C 4 image processing
  • Live View shooting (AF mode: Quick, Live, Live Face Detection)3-inch, fine detail Clear View II LCD screen (920,000 dots, VGA)

Sydney, 20 October 2009

Professional photographers worldwide will today be celebrating the launch of Canon’s latest high-performance digital SLR camera, the EOS 1D Mark IV. The new Canon EOS is the first high-end professional DSLR that can recordFULL High Definition (HD) movies in addition to stills.

The EOS 1D Mark IV supersedes the EOS 1D Mark III and boasts extreme high performance, shooting at speeds of 10 fps; increased ISO capabilities to an incredible range of 100-12800 (expandable to 50-102400); and an all new Auto Focus system. A 16.1 megapixel Canon APS-H CMOS sensor and Dual DiG!C 4 image processing combine to deliver outstanding image quality with fine detail, low noise and brilliant reproduction of colour and tones.

“The EOS 1D Mark IV is packed with new developments including world-first features that will see this camera deliver performance to meet any challenge faced by professional photographers,” says Cathy Hattersley, Brand Manager – EOS Professional, Canon Australia. “Canon EOS re-establishes the pro DSLR benchmark, combining speed, quality and durability with features such as low-noise, high ISO sensitivity and FULL High Definition video recording to cater to all pro requirements from press and sports reporting to studio work.”

Ultimate Image Quality

A high-sensitivity action camera for low-light situations, the EOS 1D Mark IV boasts a standard ISO range of 100-12800, expandable to an incredible 50-102400, allowing photographers to capture sharper images in lower light environments than ever before. Precise, low-noise images can be achieved using the low ISO speeds – a must for professionals producing large, detailed images within the studio environment.

Coupled with a new 45-point AF system that ensures images will always be crisp and clear, this is the perfect solution for sports photographers trying to get that winning shot at night-time sports matches. The all new AF system features 45-point area AF with 39 cross-type points and sensitivity to f/2.8. An easy-to-use advanced AF point registration function ensures that AF points can be changed quickly when the camera’s orientation is changed. The Al servo AF has also improved tracking for slow-moving subjects during macro photography.

These features combined with other new AF advancements allow every photo opportunity to be captured. Intuitive features such as Auto Lighting Optimiser and Peripheral Illumination correction ensure that photographers continue to capture high-quality shots even while experimenting with new shooting situations and styles.

Increased flexibility with FULL High Definition recording

In response to professional demand for greater flexibility, the EOS 1D Mark IV features FULL HD movie recording. In any shooting mode, users can capture still photos and movies in FULL HD quality or standard TV quality (VGA), making this the ideal camera for professional photographers who need to efficiently capture stills and movies without compromising on quality.

Thanks to the ultra-high ISO speed of the CMOS sensor, movie shooting in low-light situations, while often difficult for a dedicated camcorder, can now be achieved with the EOS 1D Mark IV. Also featuring Live View shooting with Auto Focus capabilities, the new camera allows professionals to preview images in real time on the 3-inch, fine detail Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots for greater flexibility and creative composition.

The DSLR also features live Face Detection mode in Live View shooting. By distinguishing human faces in each shot and adjusting the focus and exposure accordingly, Live Face Detection allows photographers to ensure their subjects are captured clearly and accurately.

Extreme High Performance

The Dual DiG!C 4 image processing incorporated in the EOS 1D Mark IV allows it to achieve the world’s fastest AF continuous shooting performance at 10 fps. The camera has the ability to capture up to 120 shots in a single continuous burst, so the perfect shot will never be missed. This coupled with DiG!C 4’s high-speed rendering of fine detail and natural colour reproduction satisfies professional demands for exceptional image quality and responsiveness in any shooting situation.

Built for the toughest environments

The EOS 1D Mark IV features a water and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body and the EOS integrated cleaning system. Water and dust-resistant measures are incorporated at 76 points throughout the camera and the shutter durability is 300,000 cycles. The EOS integrated cleaning system reduces dust on the sensor, giving greater peace of mind when on assignment. The feel of operation has also improved since the 1D Mark III with improvements to the shape and stroke of the buttons.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 1D Mark IV (RRP TBC) is available through Canon retailers from December.

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  14. Thomas Koch – we answer that question on this weeks Red Centre podcast with Stu M. who has shot with the 1D (and 5D MkII) – the answer boils down to the use of the word Professional… the 5D and 7D are not considered Pro cameras by Canon – a point we discuss !
    fxguide’s Red Centre podcast is under podcasting on the main page


  15. friend to Red Centre Tyler Ginter has deployed 20 5D’2s into battle with the US military for months on months now, through fire fights, rain and dust NOT ONE has even had a glitch, fail or need to be replaced or sent back to the factory.. and theyre soon to expand the inventory to 100 units. Sorry canon but despite your own marketing spin you HAVE made a pro camera

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