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 D4s)

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 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 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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Minimal shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$5,999 - $6,799 (body only)
$8,182 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

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Minimal shutter lag: 36 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older
$8,401 (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

  • Minimal shutter lag: 69 ms vs 104 ms
  • Great battery life: 1800 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,293 (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 have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,318 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,799 - $1,999 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
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Much more shutter lag: 290 ms vs 104 ms

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

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3.7 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 251 ms).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3.0" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$499 - $539 (body only)
$529 - $599 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 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 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
$600 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

Nikon D5300

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

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

  • Higher 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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • 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
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 months newer
$569 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Much lighter: 530 g vs 1,230 g
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3.1"

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 784 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 T2i and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
4 years newer
$393 (body only)
$429 - $497 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 124x98x75 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the EOS-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 EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Have external mic jacks