Canon rolls out its latest digital SLR, the EOS-1D Mark IV, and it brings the impressive specs, including 16.1 megapixels and 45-point autofocus. Pros will love it. But it really starts getting amazing when you look at the camera's low-light performance, reaching across an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, and that can be pushed to 102,400.
Oh yeah, and it shoots 1080p video, too, beating out the paltry 720p video of Nikon's higher-end D3S we showed you last week. This is supposed to be a pro still camera, but never mind that — what's the first thing creative mavens did with a prototype of this camera? Cranked out this moody, beautiful video shot in virtually no light, that's what.
This camera can see in the dark better than humans. The result? Videos like the one you see above, shot by Vincent Laforet without using any external lights whatsoever. Says Vincent:
The short film you are about to watch was shot in pretty much the very worst light that I could possibly find in an evening urban landscape. I did not chose "pretty lighting" in a mall or under neon signs. That would have been cheating in my book. Sodium and mercury vapor lights. That's it. Really awful lighting.
Never mind that pro photographers won't much care whether the camera can shoot 1080p video or not — it's remarkable what this camera can do.