As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is also often compared to mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. 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 D5 and the D3S)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has slightly wider dynamic range (12 EV vs 11.7 EV), has slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 249 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 a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.76x), lacks a built-in HDR feature and is older (october 2009 vs july 2012).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,249 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,700 - $3,099 24-105mm lens

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

  • Lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Better color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Incredible shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,220 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,499 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses

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

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,533 - $4,599 (body only)

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x

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

  • Heavier: 1,530 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Incredible shutter lag: 36 ms vs 104 ms

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,269 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,679 - $1,799 24-105mm lens

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

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

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
6 years newer
$5,999 (body only)

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x

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

  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12 EV
  • Heavier: 1,530 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 16 fps vs 10 fps
  • 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
$6,652 (body only)

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Better color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

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

common strengths of the 1Ds Mark III and 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 toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs optical), has a weather sealed body, has an external mic jack, uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 2,359k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.70x) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
6 years newer
$5,979 - $6,497 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Optical vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Very long battery life: 3780 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many lenses available: 171 lenses vs 165 lenses

Nikon D810A

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

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

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Optical vs Pentaprism
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the D810A and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 171 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Great battery life: 1200 shots vs 1500 shots

Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F
6 years newer
$1,199 (body only)
$1,399 17mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN-F (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PEN-F (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No weather sealing
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the PEN-F and 1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 919 ISO), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 251 ms).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$1,050 - $1,199 (body only)
$1,194 - $1,349 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 1D Mark IV

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$849 - $1,047 (body only)
$1,347 18-140mm lens

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

  • Significantly better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 173 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the D7200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,333 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$404 - $649 (body only)
$520 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 74.0

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
5 years newer
$539 - $697 (body only)
$590 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 820 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much more shutter lag: 201 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the D5500 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,438 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Great battery life: 820 shots vs 1500 shots

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$749 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T6i and 1D Mark IV

  • Many cross-type focus points: 19 vs 39
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$627 - $797 (body only)
$970 - $1,097 18-140mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 251 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 400 ms
  • Great battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots