Canon 1D Mark IV HD Video High ISO Test. Part 1.

January 28th, 2010

Birns & Sawyer in Hollywood was SUPER COOL. They let me borrow their rental Canon 1D Mark IV for a few hours late last night. I had only one battery that was half -up, no sticks and only two zoom lenses to work with. I grabbed a light stand with a 1/4-20 top thread and went out into Hollywood to shoot. My goal was to check out the IQ at higher ISO. I wanted to see how this bad boy performs when pushed. I shot this scene with the light stand tripod @ 3200, 6400, and 12800 ISO.

My AC, Chris Collins was there, AS ALWAYS. Thanks Chris. I also want to thank Birns & Sawyer for hooking me up with the camera.

Canon 1D Mark IV, 24p ISO 3200 @ T4, with a Canon 70-200mm IS Zoom Lens.

Canon 1D Mark IV, 24p ISO 6400 @ T5.6, with a Canon 70-200mm IS Zoom Lens.

Canon 1D Mark IV, 24p ISO 12800 @ T8, with a Canon 70-200mm IS Zoom Lens.

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sibero80
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GuestJanuary 29th, 2010

Was it really ISO 12800… i think your tricking us! cheater!!
just kidding.. thats just, amazing..

jared
jared
GuestJanuary 29th, 2010

Yeah I agree. It was blowing away my AC, Chris. Pretty cool stuff. Thanks,
Jared

G-Tus
G-Tus
GuestJanuary 29th, 2010

You got the wrong video linked for the ISO12800, it is exactly the same as ISO3200. On Youtube there is a more probable ISO12800 which still looks pretty good…

jeandodge
jeandodge
GuestJanuary 30th, 2010

Amazing low light performance, just astounding. And still the same aliasing, dang it. It’s like Forrest Gump learning to run… great, he can run now, lookit him go… but he’s still Forrest Gump.

And yet for independent film makers, and certain styles of documentary shooting this is clearly the coolest thing since Super 16mm was invented. Opens up worlds of possibilities, and points to the future when someone has the basic sense to put a FF sensor into a box that operates as a motion picture camera first.

(all we have to do is avoid every sloping, backlit handrail on the planet, never have the need to overcrank, and not shake the camera near picket fences!)

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