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 D7200 and the D700)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has much wider dynamic range (12 EV vs 11.8 EV), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 249 ms), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,293 ISO), has much lower image quality (74.0 vs 80.0), has much less color depth (22.8 bits vs 23.8 bits), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2") and significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$1,999 - $2,349 (body only)
$2,599 - $2,699 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • None found

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 81.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,073 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,499 - $1,949 18-135mm lens

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

  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • None found

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,082 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.4 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,891 (body only)

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

  • Significantly 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)

  • None found

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

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

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,663 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,025 (body only)
$1,399 - $2,299 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 97% vs 100%

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Canon EOS-1D Mark III
2 years older
$4,274 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,078 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 71.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.7 bits vs 22.8 bits

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 much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1100 ms), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP).

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$999 - $1,498 (body only)
$1,149 - $1,189 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Shoots significantly 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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 years newer
$305 - $649 (body only)
$354 - $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
$769 - $997 (body only)
$1,099 - $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
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 173 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Shorter battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45

Canon EOS 3D

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2 years newer

Significant advantages of the 3D (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 3D (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • No weather sealing
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the 3D and 1D Mark IV

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$519 (body only)
$629 - $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)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.59x

common strengths of the T6i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
2 years newer
$434 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 650 g vs 1,230 g

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much more shutter lag: 162 ms vs 104 ms
  • Much shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the K-30 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

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 much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 221 ms), much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 92 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 320 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), much lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 409,600 ISO) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
4 years newer
$1,998 (body only)
$2,596 28-70mm lens

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

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$798 - $2,398 (body only)
$998 28-70mm lens

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • 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 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the A7 and 1D Mark IV

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Incredible startup delay: 1700 ms vs 400 ms