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 D3 and the D4)

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 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 20.9 MP).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,249 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,800 - $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"

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

  • Minimal shutter lag: 120 ms vs 104 ms
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$5,299 (body only)
$7,460 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

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,175 (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 (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 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

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older

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 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,399 - $1,699 (body only)
$1,699 - $1,849 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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,269 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,799 24-105mm lens

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

  • 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

  • None found

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 0.54x), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 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 significantly 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).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$479 (body only)
$566 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 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)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

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

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$684 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • More lenses available: 205 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Much lighter: 780 g vs 1,230 g

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
  • Much more shutter lag: 238 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the D7000 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Very long battery life: 1050 shots vs 1500 shots

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$759 - $897 (body only)
$959 - $1,197 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 (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Much shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D7100 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,256 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 400 ms

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 years newer
$413 - $497 (body only)
$489 - $550 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 (129×98×78 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0

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

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

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
4 years newer
$647 (body only)
$579 - $747 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 (124×99×76 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 600 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 9 vs 39

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 T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$465 - $650 (body only)
$589 - $650 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 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
  • Much shorter battery life: 440 shots vs 1500 shots

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

  • 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 digital), has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2000 ms), has slightly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 178 ms) and much more lenses available (156 lenses vs 4 lenses).

However, on average it is significantly more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,746 ISO), has slightly lower image quality (74.0 vs 95.0), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has slightly narrower dynamic range (12 EV vs 14.1 EV) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 36.2 MP).

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:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

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

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

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,746 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 95.0 vs 74.0
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (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 A7R and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
4 years newer
$600 - $2,498 (body only)
$2,998 - $3,000 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 3,702 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 4 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Much more startup delay: 2000 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the A7S and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support