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 1D X) and Nikon (such as the D4 and the D4s)

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 a slightly smaller screen (3.0" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.76x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.9 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$3,099 (body only)
$3,849 24-70mm 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 3.0"

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

  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Minimal shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$6,799 (body only)

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
  • Minimal shutter lag: 36 ms vs 104 ms
  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,485 (body only)

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size 152x114x75 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm

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

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • 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
$6,000 (body only)

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Minimal shutter lag: 69 ms vs 104 ms
  • Great battery life: 1800 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,388 - $1,900 (body only)
$2,199 - $2,399 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly 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)

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

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

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,799 (body only)
$2,149 18-135mm lens

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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 significantly less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 793 ISO), slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.54x), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps) and has slightly less startup delay (400 ms vs 700 ms).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built in HDR feature and slightly fewer lenses available (156 lenses vs 205 lenses).

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$615 (body only)
$600 - $1,025 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 132x105x77 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • More lenses available: 205 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Has a built-in focus motor

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
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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 D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$997 (body only)
$1,170 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size 136x107x76 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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 Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$499 - $550 (body only)
$550 - $600 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 133x99x79 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much lighter: 570 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 months newer
$700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Much lighter: 530 g vs 1,230 g
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the T2i and EOS-1D Mark IV

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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year newer
$349 - $449 (body only)
$409 - $490 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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: 660 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D5100 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$599 - $750 (body only)
$590 - $750 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a touch screen

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 74.0
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the T5i and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • 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 digital), has a weather sealed body, much more lenses available (156 lenses vs 4 lenses), has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 340 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,248 ISO), has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 90.0), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and has slightly narrower dynamic range (12 EV vs 14.2 EV).

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$1,298 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,500 - $1,998 28-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,248 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Much smaller: Standard size 127x94x48 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 4 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$548 (body only)
$675 - $698 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Mid size 120x67x45 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • 24p support
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 1500 shots