As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS RP and the EOS 6D) and Nikon (such as the D800 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4.5 fps), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 197 ms) and has a slightly longer battery life (1500 shots vs 1000 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.72x), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 22.3 MP), is older (october 2009 vs december 2011) and is much larger (large (156×157×80 mm) vs large (147×123×77 mm)).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Much smaller: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 11 vs 45
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 980 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 850 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 45

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

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 16 MP

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

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

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

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm 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
  • Much higher true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
2 years newer
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.59x

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 900 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D800 and 1D Mark IV

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
1 year older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.59x
  • Much smaller: Large (147×123×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 1000 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 16 MP

common strengths of the D700 and 1D Mark IV

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to boutique competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 250 shots), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital).

However, on average it is much larger (large (156×157×80 mm) vs prosumer size (133×85×70 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 26 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS RP

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9 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

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

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 45

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the EOS RP and 1D Mark IV

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

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.54x), has a weather sealed body and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 300 ms) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • 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
  • Many focus points: 45 vs 45

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
4 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 480 g vs 1,230 g

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.59x

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and 1D Mark IV

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
5 years newer
$475 (body only)

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 201 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D5500 and 1D Mark IV

  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
1 year older

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

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3.1"
  • Much lighter: 524 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much more shutter lag: 160 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and 1D Mark IV

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots

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

common strengths of the D7200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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), records movies in 24p, much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 58 lenses), has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 340 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a significantly 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) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP).

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
4 years newer
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (129×90×47 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 440 g vs 1,230 g

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1500 shots
  • No 24p support
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the X-T1 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years newer
$1,604 (body only)
$2,148 35mm 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
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • 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

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
3 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots

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

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

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

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
5 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the 7 II and 1D Mark IV

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