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 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), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6 fps), has significantly 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 slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 79.0), has slightly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 23.7 bits), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2") and significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.76x).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,249 - $2,599 (body only)
$2,700 - $3,199 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
  • 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 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
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,266 - $1,599 (body only)
$1,499 - $1,949 18-135mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,599 - $4,703 (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
  • 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)

  • Heavier: 1,530 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Great battery life: 1500 shots vs 1500 shots

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,243 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,679 - $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
  • 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
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Fewer focus points: 11 vs 45

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,400 (body only)
$3,516 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 850 g vs 1,230 g

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
  • Shorter battery life: 850 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • None found

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older
$6,652 (body only)

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

  • Great battery life: 1800 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

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 slightly 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 slightly less startup delay (400 ms vs 700 ms) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$1,199 (body only)
$1,349 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)

  • Much shorter battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • 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 D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$849 - $1,097 (body only)
$999 - $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 larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$749 (body only)
$799 18-55mm 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)
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses

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
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the T3i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Self cleaning sensors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$249 (body only)
$349 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Better color depth: 24.1 bits vs 22.8 bits

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Much more shutter lag: 276 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and 1D Mark IV

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$429 - $649 (body only)
$520 - $599 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 74.0

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Self cleaning sensors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$600 - $897 (body only)
$1,197 18-140mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0

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

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,256 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 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 optical), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1700 ms), slightly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%), 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 much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has much lower image quality (74.0 vs 90.0), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2") and has a much lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,620k dots).

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
6 years newer
$5,979 - $6,497 (body only)

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • 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
  • Very long battery life: 3780 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many lenses available: 171 lenses vs 165 lenses

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm X-Pro2
6 years newer
$1,699 (body only)
$2,099 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-Pro2 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Many more focus points: 273 vs 45
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (141×83×56 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-Pro2 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much less viewfinder coverage: 92% vs 100%
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the X-Pro2 and 1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
5 years newer
$1,600 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,870 - $1,998 28-70mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the 7 II and 1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

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)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

  • Much more startup delay: 1700 ms vs 400 ms
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

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