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 7D Mark II) and Nikon (such as the D5 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 shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6 fps), has significantly less shutter lag (104 ms vs 206 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (1500 shots vs 980 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has slightly more cross-type focus points (39 vs 19).

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" 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
$2,144 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,686 - $3,099 24-105mm lens

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

  • Lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Extremely good boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$1,154 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,399 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 39
  • More lenses available: 220 lenses vs 165 lenses

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

  • Shorter battery life: 670 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Worse boost ISO: 51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and 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 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X
2 years newer
$4,476 - $4,599 (body only)
$6,198 100mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,786 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Heavier: 1,530 g vs 1,230 g

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many cross-type focus points: 41 vs 39
  • Extremely good boost ISO: 204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$1,158 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,899 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
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Better color depth: 23.8 bits vs 22.8 bits

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
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 97% vs 100%

common strengths of the 6D and 1D Mark IV

  • Extremely good boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

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
$1,850 (body only)

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
  • Worse boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO

common strengths of the 5D Mark II 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 slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 793 ISO), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), has slightly less startup delay (400 ms vs 700 ms) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,249 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Large (156×157×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 1D Mark IV

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 960 shots vs 1500 shots

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$389 - $649 (body only)
$445 - $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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12 EV

common strengths of the T5i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$600 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,447 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

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,256 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 400 ms

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer
$499 (body only)
$759 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)

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

common strengths of the T3i and 1D Mark IV

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$789 - $997 (body only)
$1,086 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly better image quality: 87.0 vs 74.0
  • More dynamic range: 14.6 EV vs 12 EV

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 15 vs 39
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 173 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the D7200 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,333 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
5 years newer
$509 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Significantly better image quality: 84.0 vs 74.0
  • More dynamic range: 14 EV vs 12 EV
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the 1D Mark IV)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 201 ms vs 104 ms
  • Much shorter battery life: 820 shots vs 1500 shots

common strengths of the D5500 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,438 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 45

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 higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1700 ms), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 221 ms) and much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,320 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), has significantly lower image quality (74.0 vs 90.0), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and has significantly less color depth (22.8 bits vs 26 bits).

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$998 - $2,898 (body only)
$1,298 28-70mm lens

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

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 90.0 vs 74.0
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Much more startup delay: 1700 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much more shutter lag: 221 ms vs 104 ms

common strengths of the A7 and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$548 (body only)
$598 - $698 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

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years newer
$1,350 - $1,898 (body only)
$3,321 28mm lens

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

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,746 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Much 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 1D Mark IV)

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1500 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A7R and 1D Mark IV

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,746 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks