Product Type: Canon digital cameras
worth the extra over a mk3, maybe
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Member Name: clarkjames
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Advantages: a great 1 series camera with video and a few improvments over th 1d3
Disadvantages: it's twice the price of a 1d3, and isn't twice the camera
an expensive but possibly worthwhile upgrade to the 1dmk3
the 1dmk3 was a truly great camera, and still holds it own- so the purpose if this review is to compare and contrast the 1dmk3 and the 1dmk4, to help you decide if it's worth the upgrade.
it was easy for me to justify the upgrade as I like to shoot 1 series cameras, and I also now have a need to shoot video- so a 1 series camera that I could take anywhere rain or shine and also record video with was exactly what I wanted.
16mp is a nice increase on paper, but in real terms isn't really much of a resolution increase- you have to up the resolution by 4x to see 2x the difference, i've been making 30x20" prints with my 10mp 1d3, so the extra megapixels mean I can crop a bit and still make big prints- although maybe you'd be better spending the upgrade money on fast telephoto glass.
The difference in price is huge but the difference in features is small- you're really paying for the small bump in resolution, higher ISO's and the video functionality- if those things appeal to you then it's a worthwhile purchase, Im very happy with my decision.
A mini review of the camera itself: it's a great camera, like all 1 series cam's it has great build quality, best in class weather sealing and zippy AF, the AF system is more complicated than the 1d3- I prefer the simplicity but you can adapt fairly quickly, other than that both cameras work similarly and there really isn't much difference between then, it goes to higher iso but I don't think they're really any better, the 1d3 already had a clean 6400
Summary: for some it can be justified, but the 1d3 is 80% of the camera for 50% of the price
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