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 D3S and the D750)

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 slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 206 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (1500 shots vs 980 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

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 (3.0" 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
$2,499 (body only)
$3,099 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 screen: 3.2" vs 3.0"

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

  • Shoots significantly 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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Minimal shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$5,299 - $6,799 (body only)
$7,461 70-200mm lens

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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Incredible shutter lag: 36 ms vs 104 ms

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older
$3,000 (body only)

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

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x

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
$1,399 (body only)
$1,611 - $1,799 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly 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)

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

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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,095 (body only)

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Much smaller: Professional size 152x114x75 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Significantly lighter: 850 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 45

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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,699 (body only)
$2,049 18-135mm lens

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

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

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 249 ms vs 104 ms
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39

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 0.53x), 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
$997 (body only)
$1,170 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

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

  • Higher 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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$630 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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$612 75-300mm 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 more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps

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

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year newer
$354 (body only)
$429 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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 660 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$649 - $650 (body only)
$620 - $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
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 74.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 years newer
$497 - $547 (body only)
$499 - $599 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 129x98x78 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Significantly better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5200 and EOS-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

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs optical), has a weather sealed body, has significantly less startup delay (400 ms vs 1700 ms), has slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 221 ms) and much more lenses available (156 lenses vs 21 lenses).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,248 ISO), has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 90.0), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and has slightly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 24.8 bits).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$548 (body only)
$698 16-50mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Much smaller: Mid size 120x67x45 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • 24p support
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$1,198 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,498 28-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,248 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Much smaller: Standard size 127x94x48 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 4 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

common strengths of the A7 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • 24p support

Nikon D810A

Nikon D810A
5 years newer
$3,797 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D810A (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the D810A (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Optical vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 1200 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D810A and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Optical vs Pentaprism
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • 24p support