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 IV and the EOS 5D Mark III) and Nikon (such as the D7100 and the D3S)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 1D Mark IV compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly wider dynamic range (12 EV vs 11.7 EV), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps), has significantly 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 less color depth (22.8 bits vs 23.7 bits), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.76x) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 30.1 MP).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
6 years newer
$3,299 (body only)
$4,049 24-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

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

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,026 - $2,299 (body only)
$3,049 24-70mm 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
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Better color depth: 24 bits vs 22.8 bits

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

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
6 years newer
$5,271 - $5,999 (body only)

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12 EV

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

  • None found

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,699 (body only)
$3,299 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 850 g vs 1,230 g

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
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

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

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,180 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,690 - $1,799 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
  • Better color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.59x

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

  • None found

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 799 ISO), has slightly better image quality (74.0 vs 66.0), has slightly more color depth (22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12 EV vs 11.5 EV) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built-in HDR feature and lacks built-in panoramas.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$799 - $853 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)

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

common strengths of the T6i and 1D Mark IV

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

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$629 (body only)
$997 18-105mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Much more shutter lag: 251 ms vs 104 ms
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and 1D Mark IV

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 45

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$432 - $649 (body only)
$560 - $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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
2 years newer
$522 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 3 vs 39
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 799 ISO vs 1,320 ISO

common strengths of the SLT A37 and 1D Mark IV

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Minimal shutter lag: 109 ms vs 104 ms
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$515 (body only)
$450 18-55mm 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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12 EV

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)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12 EV

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 a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body, lets you preview your photos on the screen and much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 77 lenses).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), has much lower image quality (74.0 vs 82.0), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
6 years newer
$849 - $898 (body only)
$978 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 45
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and 1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 1500 shots

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$898 - $2,698 (body only)
$1,098 28-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

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
  • Extremely good image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.9 bits vs 22.8 bits

Leica M9

Leica M9
similar age
$3,496 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M9 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Much lighter: 585 g vs 1,230 g
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the M9 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the M9 and 1D Mark IV

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 69.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 22.8 bits

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
5 years newer
$2,449 - $2,698 (body only)
$2,732 55-210mm lens

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

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

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$470 - $548 (body only)
$579 - $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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 74.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.1 bits vs 22.8 bits