Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
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Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.

competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,560 - $1,997 body only

$2,108 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,259 - $1,399 body only

$1,679 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS
Screen size Much smaller screen
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,268 - $2,797 body only

$3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,351 - $1,499 body only

$1,499 - $1,880 with 18-135mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X

Pro DSLR

$4,599 body only

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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Avatar for Chris Koffend Chris Koffend (2:51 AM, October 16, 2013)
No flip out screens to break and impossible to properly weather seal. No built-in flash to eliminate a high quality pentaprism and create a new weather sealing point failure.


You guys need to figure out how to properly compare cameras based on important things, not the specs you get off the side of the box?


Shoot birds in flight, a night time football game, a candle lit wedding reception, etc. . . These reviews are pointless.

Track a race car and shutter off 25 shots, how many are sharply in focus? Well I guess that would depend on how you set up the camera.


Don't read this junk and pick a camera based on this sites comparisons, they are useless at telling you what you really need, what is going to deliver the best image quality for your typical shooting.


Just because a camera can shoot at 100,000+ iso doesn't mean you should ever do this. Unless of course you plan to post grainy images of big foot running past your campsite at night.


I would much, much rather shoot the 1d4 at a football game or birds in flight than the 5D3 (which i own now), as I know I will get a lot more quality, in focus, images. I would rather shoot the 5D3 at a wedding than the 1D4 (which I am looking to buy used). I would rather shoot my 50D than the 5D with a 500mm lens of birds in flight! I'd get better shots and an equal keeper rate (based on experience with my 50D and 5D3 with a 500 mm lens). But lost most photographers shooting birds, I like the advantage of the crop bodies and the 50D has very good focusing power and is faster than the 5D3.
 
Avatar for Chris Koffend Chris Koffend (2:36 AM, October 16, 2013)
what is start up delay? Is this turning the camera on? My 5D3 takes several seconds to start up, go through its internal test and "clean" itself. Or do you mean when the camera goes to sleep and you depress the shutter button part way?
 
Bill (11:11 PM, February 07, 2013)
Very well done! The only things you missed :1D - Looking Professional, stronger, more shutter clicks?, vertical shooting comfort, more stable?