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 D5 and the D800)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has much wider dynamic range (12 EV vs 11.8 EV), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6 fps), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 249 ms) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,293 ISO), has much lower image quality (74.0 vs 80.0), has much 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 0.71x).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,149 - $2,299 (body only)
$2,685 - $2,899 24-105mm 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
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • None found

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 81.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,304 (body only)

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

  • 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,049 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,599 - $1,699 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 97% vs 100%

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

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

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

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,663 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
similar age
$799 (body only)
$1,153 28-135mm lens

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

  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Lighter: 860 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 74.0

common strengths of the 7D and 1D Mark IV

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 12 EV
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 3.1"

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,065 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,469 - $1,949 18-135mm lens

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

  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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

  • None found

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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,082 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.4 bits vs 22.8 bits

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.54x), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 900 ms) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$425 - $649 (body only)
$517 - $599 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 264 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6s

Canon EOS Rebel T6s
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the T6s (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×111×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T6s (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.59x

common strengths of the T6s and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$749 - $997 (body only)
$1,029 - $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
  • 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)

  • Much more shutter lag: 173 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Shorter battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 1110 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
4 years newer
$864 (body only)
$874 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much smaller: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much more shutter lag: 138 ms vs 104 ms
  • Much shorter battery life: 560 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots slower: 8.3 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the K-3 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$499 (body only)
$752 18-135mm lens

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

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

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 283 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the T3i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 months newer
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much more shutter lag: 252 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the T2i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

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, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1700 ms), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 221 ms) and much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$445 - $548 (body only)
$479 - $648 16-50mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • 24p support
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 1500 shots

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

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

  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Incredible startup delay: 1700 ms vs 400 ms
  • Weather sealed