Some new rumor news over at Canonrumors.com today regarding the Canon 1Ds Mark IV. Apparently the 1Ds MkIV won’t have a sensor cleaning function. It’s something to do with the way they space the individual photo sites on the sensor, or sensels as they’ve been referred too (kind of like the name sensels, just sounds neat).
While not a deal killer by any means, this is a little disappointing news. The sensor cleaning function found on many of the newer DSLR camera bodies is a welcome feature. I find I almost never think about cleaning my sensor anymore… the old manual way that is.
Sure, if you’re out shooting somewhere humid or dusty and doing a lot of lens changes, you may still need to physically get in there and clean the sensor manually. Sometimes there’s just no substitute for a little elbow grease. For normal shooting though, I find the sensor cleaning feature works great.
I think this will be one of those little things that keep a great camera from attaining a perfect score. Like I said, it won’t be a deal breaker, but it will certainly be a source of irritation for many. Technology is moving forward at break-neck speed, and consumers don’t expect to see steps backward on flagship, top of the line models. Especially not at the price tag the 1Ds MkIV will sport.