As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS 7D Mark II) and Nikon (such as the D4s and the D810)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6 fps), has slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 206 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (1500 shots vs 980 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,293 ISO), has slightly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 23.7 bits), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.76x) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.9 MP).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,240 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,800 - $3,099 24-105mm lens

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

  • Lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Minimal shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,399 - $1,699 (body only)
$1,679 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 249 ms vs 104 ms
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,599 (body only)
$6,760 70-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1D X (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the 1D X (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly heavier: 1,530 g vs 1,230 g

common strengths of the 1D X and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Incredible shutter lag: 36 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,269 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,799 24-105mm lens

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

  • Lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

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

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 290 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

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

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$1,500 (body only)
$3,200 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Much smaller: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 850 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 45

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

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the 1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Incredible shutter lag: 69 ms vs 104 ms
  • Great battery life: 1800 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 1,167 ISO), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 251 ms) and has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 700 shots).

However, on average it has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 80.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has slightly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 24.1 bits), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP).

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$979 - $1,197 (body only)
$1,235 - $1,497 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7200 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,333 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$713 - $897 (body only)
$948 - $1,197 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Much shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7100 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,256 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 400 ms

Canon Kiss X5

Canon Kiss X5
1 year newer
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X5 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much lighter: 570 g vs 1,230 g

Significant disadvantages of the X5 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the X5 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$479 (body only)
$720 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Much lighter: 780 g vs 1,230 g

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 238 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the D7000 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Very long battery life: 1050 shots vs 1500 shots

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
4 years newer
$430 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 700 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D3300 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$289 (body only)
$349 - $447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lighter: 505 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 540 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2000 ms), has slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 202 ms) and significantly more lenses available (165 lenses vs 92 lenses).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 3,702 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 87.0), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
5 years newer

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Many more focus points: 399 vs 45

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$548 (body only)
$698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A6000 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • 24p support
  • Have external mic jacks

Samsung NX500

Samsung NX500
5 years newer
$649 - $650 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX500 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 4K @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×64×43 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the NX500 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 1500 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the NX500 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • 24p support
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Minimal shutter lag: 202 ms vs 104 ms

Nikon D810A

Nikon D810A
5 years newer
$3,797 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D810A (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D810A (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Optical vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 1200 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D810A and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support
  • Very long battery life: 1200 shots vs 1500 shots

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$1,098 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,398 - $1,498 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly better image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
4 years newer
$1,947 - $2,498 (body only)
$2,498 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 3,702 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much more startup delay: 2000 ms vs 400 ms
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7S and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support