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 D4)

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 less color depth (22.8 bits vs 23.7 bits), has a slightly smaller screen (3.0" 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
$2,499 (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 (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

  • 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 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$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
  • 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 shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
2 years older
$8,837 (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 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,000 (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

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 977 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4.5 fps) and has significantly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 238 ms).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3.0" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), lacks a built-in HDR feature and slightly fewer lenses available (156 lenses vs 197 lenses).

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$897 (body only)
$1,160 - $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 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)

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

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 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 132x105x77 mm vs Large 156x157x80 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
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

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

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
4 years newer
$715 - $940 (body only)
$1,021 - $1,047 18-135mm lens

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

  • Much smaller: Professional size 131x100x77 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3.0"
  • Image stabilization: Sensor shift vs None

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 560 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Worse boost ISO: 51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Significantly fewer cross-type focus points: 25 vs 39

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

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Lots of cross-type focus points: 25 vs 39

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
3 years newer
$399 - $549 (body only)
$499 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 843 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 380 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the SL1 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year older
$707 (body only)
$1,017 55-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Much smaller: Professional size 132x103x77 mm vs Large 156x157x80 mm
  • More lenses available: 205 lenses vs 156 lenses
  • Much lighter: 703 g vs 1,230 g

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the EOS-1D Mark IV)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 977 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the D90 and EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 400 ms
  • Great battery life: 850 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 months newer
$700 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
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 39

common strengths of the T2i and EOS-1D Mark IV

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