As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. 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 D3S and the D4)

Competitor classes

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-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 a slightly longer battery life (1500 shots vs 980 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has slightly more cross-type focus points (39 vs 19).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,293 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.9 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and has a marginally smaller sensor (APS-H 27.9x18.6mm vs full frame 35.8x23.9mm).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$3,099 - $3,399 (body only)
$3,699 - $3,999 24-105mm lens

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

  • Lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

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

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

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

  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Minimal shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$6,799 (body only)

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

  • Significantly heavier: 1,530 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Incredible shutter lag: 36 ms vs 104 ms

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,799 (body only)
$2,149 18-135mm lens

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots

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

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

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older
$6,000 (body only)

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly larger sensor: Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 16 MP

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

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

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

  • Incredible shutter lag: 69 ms vs 104 ms
  • Great battery life: 1800 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,519 - $1,899 (body only)
$2,299 - $2,499 24-105mm lens

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

  • 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 EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 290 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the 6D and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
similar age
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,978 28-135mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 148x111x74 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • More lenses available: 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Significantly lighter: 860 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Significantly fewer cross-type focus points: 19 vs 39
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 800 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 19 vs 45

common strengths of the 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Minimal shutter lag: 131 ms vs 104 ms
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 793 ISO), slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.54x), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps) and has slightly less startup delay (400 ms vs 700 ms).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built in HDR feature and slightly fewer lenses available (156 lenses vs 205 lenses).

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$897 - $1,097 (body only)
$1,197 18-140mm lens

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

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size 136x107x76 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0

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

  • Much smaller sensor: APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and EOS-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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$599 - $750 (body only)
$597 - $700 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a touch screen

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much smaller sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 74.0

common strengths of the T5i and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$499 - $550 (body only)
$549 - $630 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 133x99x79 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much lighter: 570 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Much smaller sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the T3i and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
4 years newer
$697 (body only)
$599 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 124x99x76 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller sensor: APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Much shorter battery life: 600 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D5300 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,338 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Minimal startup delay: 500 ms vs 400 ms
  • Lots of focus points: 39 vs 45

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year newer
$378 - $469 (body only)
$429 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5100 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Minimal startup delay: 500 ms vs 400 ms
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$625 (body only)
$679 - $1,025 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 132x105x77 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • More lenses available: 205 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Has a built-in focus motor

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

  • Much smaller sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D7000 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Very long battery life: 1050 shots vs 1500 shots