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 6D) and Nikon (such as the D5 and the D810)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has significantly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 206 ms), has slightly more cross-type focus points (39 vs 1), has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and is slightly less expensive ($1,463.61 vs $4,476.49).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,293 ISO), has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 79.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has slightly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 23.7 bits) and has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2").

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,190 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,699 - $3,099 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly 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 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Extremely good boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,220 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,899 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Better color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 97% vs 100%

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • Extremely good boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Inexpensive: $1,220.00 vs $1,463.61

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,476 - $4,599 (body only)
$6,198 100mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Extremely good boost ISO: 204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,229 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,355 - $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
  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses

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

  • Shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Worse boost ISO: 51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Inexpensive: $443.00 vs $1,463.61

Nikon D5

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

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

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

  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 3.1"

common strengths of the D5 and 1D Mark IV

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,000 (body only)
$3,999 24-105mm lens

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

  • Better color depth: 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

  • Inexpensive: $1,999.99 vs $1,463.61

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.54x), 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 201 ms).

However, on average it has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 82.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has significantly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 24.1 bits), has significantly narrower dynamic range (12 EV vs 14 EV) and has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2").

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,149 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots
  • 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 D5500

Nikon D5500
5 years newer
$597 - $626 (body only)
$697 18-55mm lens

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

  • Significantly better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0
  • More dynamic range: 14 EV vs 12 EV
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

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

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
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45

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 higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 19 vs 39

common strengths of the T6i and 1D Mark IV

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

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
4 years newer
$460 (body only)
$369 - $447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Better color depth: 24.3 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the 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 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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 years newer
$285 - $749 (body only)
$419 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 485 g vs 1,230 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.59x

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 1D Mark IV

  • None found

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$788 - $997 (body only)
$1,076 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0
  • More dynamic range: 14.6 EV vs 12 EV

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

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 digital), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2000 ms), has slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 178 ms), much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 320 shots).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,993 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has significantly lower image quality (74.0 vs 85.0), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
6 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,148 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 45
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and 1D Mark IV

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

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
4 years newer
$2,008 - $2,198 (body only)
$2,696 28-70mm lens

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

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,993 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 85.0 vs 74.0

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the 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 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,993 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
5 years newer
$3,198 (body only)
$2,995 55-210mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 16 MP

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

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