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What is the pixel pitch of the Canon 1D Mark IV?

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV provides 16 megapixels from an APS-H sensor. This pixel density gives rise to a size of the individual pixel of 5.70µm.

The pixel size or pixel pitch can be calculated by dividing the sensor area by the pixel count and then taking the square root. In particular, the sensor in the Canon 1D Mark IV measures 27.9mm in width and 18.6mm in height, so that the total imaging area of the sensor amounts to 519 mm2. Moreover, the 1D Mark IV has 4 896 horizontal pixels and 3 264 vertical pixels, for a total of 16 megapixels. Then, the size (height or width) of each individual pixel can be calculated as the square root of the ratio of the sensor area (519 mm2) to the MP count (15 980 544).

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Larger pixels provide advantages with respect to gathering light, particularly in low-light situations. Large pixels notably have a better signal to noise ratio, meaning that they can better differentiate between incoming photons and the noisy signals that the internal processes of the camera create. As a result, big pixels are particularly helpful to the photographer when shooting with high ISO settings.

Sensor specs and performance

The table below compares the sensor specs of the Canon 1D Mark IV to those of several similar cameras. The reported DXO values are indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better), covering color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 1D Mark IV APS-H 16.0 4896 32641080/30p22.812.0132074
2.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II Full Frame 20.0 5472 36484K/60p24.113.5320788
3.
 
Canon 1D X Full Frame 17.9 5184 34561080/30p23.811.8278682
4.
 
Canon 60D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.581366
5.
 
Canon 7D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.011.785466
6.
 
Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame 21.0 5616 37441080/30p23.711.9181579
7.
 
Canon 50D APS-C 15.1 4752 3168none21.811.469663
8.
 
Canon 1D Mark III APS-H 10.1 3888 2592none22.711.7107871
9.
 
Canon 1Ds Mark II Full Frame 16.6 4992 3328none23.311.3148074
10.
 
Nikon D4 Full Frame 16.2 4928 32801080/30p24.713.1296589
11.
 
Nikon D3S Full Frame 12.1 4256 2832720/24p23.512.0325382
Further information on the sensor in the Canon 1D Mark IV and the camera's operation can be found in the camera manual.

In the United States, the 1D Mark IV was initially launched in October 2009 at a price of $4,999.

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Camera to camera comparisons

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon 1D Mark IV
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date October 2009
    Launch Price USD 4 999
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-H Sensor
    Sensor Size 27.9 x 18.6 mm
    Sensor Area 519 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 33.5 mm
    Crop Factor 1.3x
    Sensor Resolution 16 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4 896 x 3 264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.70 μm
    Pixel Density 3.08 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12 800 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 102 400 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC IV
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 74
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.8
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 12.0
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 1320
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.58x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy300 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or SDHC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Dual card slots
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type LP-E4 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)1500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm
    (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 1 230 g (43.4 oz)

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