As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS-1D Mark II is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Canon EOS-1D Mark II's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 5D Mark II and the Rebel T3) and Nikon (such as the D2H and the D3200)

Competitor classes

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark II compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it shoots faster continuously (8.5 fps vs 4.5 fps), slightly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 97%) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.57x vs 0.70x) and takes much lower resolution photos (8.2 MP vs 17.9 MP).

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
4 years newer
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 8.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
5 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 7D and EOS-1D Mark II

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 8.5 fps

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the EOS-1Ds Mark II (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.6 MP vs 8.2 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.57x

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1Ds Mark II (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 8.5 fps

common strengths of the EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS-1D Mark II

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
1 year newer
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.57x
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 12.7 MP vs 8.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 96% vs 100%

common strengths of the 5D and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
8 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Less viewfinder coverage: 97% vs 100%

common strengths of the 6D and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
6 years newer
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 5.3 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 96% vs 100%

common strengths of the 60D and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark II compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.57x vs 0.52x), shoots faster continuously (8.5 fps vs 3 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror), significantly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 95%) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8.2 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
7 years newer
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 8.2 MP
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Much smaller: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Large (156×158×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the T3 and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 8.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.57x

common strengths of the T3i and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
12 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 8.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.57x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 8.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.52x vs 0.57x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D3200 and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the 20D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (144×106×72 mm) vs Large (156×158×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 770 g vs 1,565 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the 20D (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 118k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8.5 fps

common strengths of the 20D and EOS-1D Mark II

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
10 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 8.2 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the EOS-1D Mark II)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8.5 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.57x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and EOS-1D Mark II

  • None found