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 1D X) and Nikon (such as the D3 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 slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 249 ms), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), much higher boost light sensitivity (102,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

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 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 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,029 - $2,299 (body only)
$2,636 - $2,899 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly 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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,304 - $4,599 (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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,159 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,421 - $1,949 18-135mm lens

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

  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,207 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,787 - $1,799 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
  • Better color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • 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
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 6D 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)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
6 years newer
$3,299 (body only)
$4,049 24-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

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

  • None found

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 681 ISO), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 238 ms).

However, on average it has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 80.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has slightly narrower dynamic range (12 EV vs 13.2 EV), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2") and has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots).

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$909 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,149 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)

  • 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
  • Great battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
4 years newer
$447 (body only)
$375 - $447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 700 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D3300 and 1D Mark IV

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$781 - $997 (body only)
$1,100 - $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
  • Significantly better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0
  • More dynamic range: 14.6 EV vs 12 EV

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • 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
  • Great battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$431 - $649 (body only)
$535 - $599 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$697 - $699 (body only)
$997 18-105mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

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

common strengths of the D7100 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$899 (body only)
$799 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D7000 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 1050 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45

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 a weather sealed body, much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 62 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 is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has significantly lower image quality (74.0 vs 90.0), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots) and slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.78x).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$449 - $498 (body only)
$579 - $598 16-50mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Better image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A6000 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
5 years newer
$2,449 - $2,698 (body only)
$2,713 55-210mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

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

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

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$948 - $2,698 (body only)
$1,098 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
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Good image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Weather sealed