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 D750)

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 6 fps), has significantly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 206 ms), 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), 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
$2,072 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,668 - $3,099 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
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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
  • Very good boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,156 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,448 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses

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

  • Shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Worse boost ISO: 51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Inexpensive: $1,156.23 vs $458.00

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,476 - $4,599 (body only)
$6,198 100mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Very good boost ISO: 204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,155 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,730 - $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
  • Better color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

  • Very good boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Inexpensive: $1,155.00 vs $458.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$1,647 (body only)

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

  • Better color depth: 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly 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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

  • Inexpensive: $1,647.00 vs $458.00

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

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 significantly less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 843 ISO), has slightly better image quality (74.0 vs 65.0), has significantly more color depth (22.8 bits vs 21.8 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12 EV vs 11.5 EV) and slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.53x).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$859 - $1,099 (body only)
$965 - $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
  • 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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$398 - $649 (body only)
$479 - $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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12 EV

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $398.00 vs $458.00

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$499 (body only)
$600 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
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12 EV

common strengths of the T3i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $458.00

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 19 vs 39

common strengths of the T6i and 1D Mark IV

  • Many cross-type focus points: 19 vs 39
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 years newer
$388 (body only)
$490 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Much more shutter lag: 302 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,284 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
3 years newer
$399 - $435 (body only)
$400 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 843 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the SL1 and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $458.00

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), much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 58 lenses), has a much longer battery life (1500 shots vs 340 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has much 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 0.68x).

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
6 years newer
$1,599 (body only)
$1,899 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (133×92×49 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Many more focus points: 325 vs 45

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

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
5 years newer
$2,898 (body only)
$2,865 55-210mm lens

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

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

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
$998 - $2,898 (body only)
$1,298 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

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1
4 years newer
$2,800 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 4K @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly better image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0

Significant disadvantages of the NX1 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the NX1 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,363 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Good image quality: 83.0 vs 74.0
  • Weather sealed