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 1D X and the EOS 5D Mark III) 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 shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 290 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 slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 80.0), has slightly 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 0.76x).

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,304 (body only)

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

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • 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
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,100 - $2,299 (body only)
$2,639 - $2,899 24-105mm lens

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

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly 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 slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

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

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

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,058 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,799 24-105mm lens

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

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 16 MP

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
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Canon EOS-1D Mark III
2 years older

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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 1,078 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,078 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Good image quality: 71.0 vs 74.0
  • Good dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 12 EV

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 lower noise at high ISO: 1,663 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • 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)

  • 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
  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 74.0
  • Good color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
6 years newer
$2,942 - $3,299 (body only)
$3,499 - $4,199 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

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

  • Thin: 3" vs 3.1"

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 a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body, records movies in 24p and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1700 ms).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO).

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
6 years newer
$1,402 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,761 - $1,799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the X-T2 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
3 years newer
$1,199 (body only)
$1,913 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the E-M1 and 1D Mark IV

  • Incredible startup delay: 800 ms vs 400 ms
  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
7 years newer
$690 - $979 (body only)
$1,099 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 295 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS M5 and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years newer
$1,898 - $2,849 (body only)
$3,098 28-70mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (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 A7R and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support
  • Many lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$998 - $2,898 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

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

  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Incredible startup delay: 1700 ms vs 400 ms
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support

Epson R-D1x

Epson R-D1x
7 months older

Significant advantages of the R-D1x (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Standard size (142×89×40 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 620 g vs 1,230 g
  • Much thinner: 1.6" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the R-D1x (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 235k dots vs 920k dots
  • No live view

common strengths of the R-D1x and 1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

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 much less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 793 ISO), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror).

However, on average it has much lower image quality (74.0 vs 82.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (22.8 bits vs 24.2 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (12 EV vs 13.2 EV) and has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2").

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,249 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

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$629 - $679 (body only)
$949 18-140mm lens

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

  • Much better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0
  • Better color depth: 24.2 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • More dynamic range: 13.7 EV vs 12 EV

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
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7100 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,256 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
4 years newer
$405 (body only)
$399 - $447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much better image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 700 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 45

common strengths of the D3300 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$799 - $997 (body only)
$1,048 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

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

  • Much better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0
  • Better color depth: 24.5 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • More dynamic range: 14.6 EV vs 12 EV

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
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,333 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$500 (body only)
$752 18-135mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much more shutter lag: 283 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T3i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks