I am a professional photographer and I shoot a lot of sports in low light situations and this camera is easily the second best camera Canon has made for this type of siutation. The files are very clean up to iso 3200. Iso 4000 to 6400 is very usable. Autofocus is fairly accurate but it does take some work to figure out how best to set it for certian situations. It does struggle quite a bit with low light and subjects wearing darker clothes but I guess that is to be expected. I own two of these cameras and in my opinion they are the best sports option with the exception of the 1DX.
This camera has a fast buffer so I am not missing important shots waiting for the camera to transfer the images to the memory card.
Excellent all-around camera. Great for fast action or low light. This camera can do it all.
This won't be the typical review of this fine camera for I haven't had a chance to really put it through its paces yet in AI Servo/Continuous Shooting drive mode. However I can say the Single Shot/One Shot focus mode images from this are razor sharp. And the weather sealing was recently a godsend for just last week while I was attempting to cross a mountain stream while carrying my 5D Mark II and the 1D Mark IV the current swept my feet out from under me and down I went, submerging both cameras in the water. The 5D2 was destroyed and I'm waiting for a settlement from my insurance company. However the 1D4 wasn't fazed by the water at all, everything works just the way it should. Next weekend I'll be shooting an event which will give me a test of the 1D4s continuous shooting mode and I'm expecting excellent results from it.
This camera is a beast. 10fps will rock your world. I shoot a lot while on the move - in, on and hanging off all manner of transportation in developing countries. Not missing 'the shot' makes this investment very much worthwhile. The low light capability is incredible for both stills and video (which when shot with a 24-70 2.8 blew my mind in regards to quality). She's not cheap, but if you're in the market for pro level quality and pro level options, you won't be disappointed.
For outdoors and good indoor lighting: 1- excellent fast accurate focusing. 2- picture quality is great. 3- excellent for sporting events, concerts, weddings. In poor / low lighting, the focusing is slow and inaccurate, especially with lens that is slower than F2.8
For the sports shooter it doesn`t get any better than this. The low light focus capability combined with the high ISO performance makes this a sports photographers dream. If you are shooting in the darkest high school gym to the pro stadiums this body has you covered.
Canon has simplified the controls on this body as it's kind of a hybrid between the D series bodies and the 1 series bodies---making it easier to use. The fast shutter is great for moving subjects: sports and wildlife. The battery life is OK, but doesn't last as long as my 5D2 batteries.
this is a amazing camera, it's my metal super model. i pull it out the bag and eyes light up. pair it with my canon band new 70-200 L lens II . greatness. when people see the results on the spot . they are amazed. when they hear the 10 Fps pop off same reaction. shoot my son's basketball games in the gym low light of course . great . crisp, sharp . expensive of course,but you get money shots 99.9 percent. built like a tank
Great camera with excellent performance! Like most of the top-end bodies, this is expensive, but if you need the performance (e.g.., FPS, good high-ISO, etc.), then this is the Canon camera for you!