Canon has announced their new flagship digital SLR, the 1D Mark IV, a 16-megapixel, 10 frames-per-second professional SLR body. From the first look, the body looks to be identical to the older Mark III cameras -- good news for underwater photographers. However, we won't know for sure until someone actually gets their hands on one. Especially exciting is the inclusion of HD video capture in the new camera. The 1D Mark IV will capture both HD and SD video. HD video support includes 1920x1080 capture @ 24p, 25p and 30p, and 1280x720 capture at 50p/60p.
Canon has posted a press release and an article explaining what's new. Rob Galbraith has also published an article with more information bout the camera.
The 1D Mark IV is priced as $4,999.00 and ships in late December 2009. For underwater photographers, there is sure to be an active discussion in the Wetpixel forums.