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
$2,150 - $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
$1,249 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,499 - $1,880 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
$4,599 (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
$1,259 - $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 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older

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
  • Significantly 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

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 larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • 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

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 significantly less startup delay (400 ms vs 1700 ms), has significantly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 221 ms) and significantly more lenses available (165 lenses vs 92 lenses).

However, on average it is significantly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), has significantly lower image quality (74.0 vs 90.0), has a slightly 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
$6,497 (body only)

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • 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
  • 24p support
  • Very long battery life: 3780 shots vs 1500 shots

Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F
6 years newer
$1,199 (body only)

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
  • 24p support
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$498 (body only)
$593 - $648 16-50mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the A6000 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • 24p support

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$1,098 - $3,198 (body only)
$1,398 28-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Much more startup delay: 1700 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the A7 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
6 years newer
$998 - $1,000 (body only)
$1,148 16-50mm lens

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

  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 45
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • 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)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and 1D Mark IV

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

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years newer
$1,600 - $1,898 (body only)
$2,279 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,746 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 95.0 vs 74.0
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A7R and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,746 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 238 ms) and has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 820 shots).

However, on average it has significantly lower image quality (74.0 vs 84.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has slightly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 24.1 bits), has slightly narrower dynamic range (12 EV vs 14.6 EV) and has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2").

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
5 years newer
$529 - $747 (body only)
$599 - $847 18-55mm lens

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

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$879 - $1,097 (body only)
$1,389 - $1,397 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
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • 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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$530 (body only)
$575 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • More dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 12 EV
  • More lenses available: 230 lenses vs 165 lenses

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

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

common strengths of the D7000 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Very long battery life: 1050 shots vs 1500 shots

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 years newer
$324 (body only)
$399 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much more shutter lag: 302 ms vs 104 ms
  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,284 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$729 - $797 (body only)
$939 - $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
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

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

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

common strengths of the D7100 and 1D Mark IV

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