Canon has announced the new EOS 1D Mark IV describing it as "a high-speed, professional digital SLR designed to empower photographers to capture split-second moments in high resolution, under the most challenging of conditions".  

Angled as ideal for action, sports, news events and wildlife photography, the EOS 1D Mark IV gets a new Canon 16.1-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor as well as a new, advanced 45-point auto focus system.

Dual "DIGIC 4" processors allow for shooting high-res pics at up to 10 frames per second and this is backed up with the widest ISO range ever to feature in a Canon camera with extended ISO ranges from a low of 50 to 102,400.

The new DSLR is robust and weatherproof with a full magnesium alloy body, can capture 1080p high definition video at 30, 25 and 24fps and 720p footage at 60 and 50fps.  

There's a 3-inch Live View LCD display, revamped buttons and updated picture styles while the EOS 1D MARK IV is compatible with all existing EOS 1D Mark III accessories, EF lenses and EX Series Speedlite flash units.  

The EOS 1D Mark IV is due to be available from the end of December 2009 priced at £4499.00 or 5499.00 euros.