Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 70D

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

72

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

68

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
 

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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Much smaller
145x106x79 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Lens availability
More lenses available
197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$999.00 vs $5,434.02
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The best price we've seen is $4,435 cheaper (5.4x less)
Weight
Much lighter
755 g vs 1,230 g
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Around 40% lighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
75 ms vs 104 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 68.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,320 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
39 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
45 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Longer battery life
1500 shots vs 920 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-H 27.9x18.6mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              70D:75 ms
              EOS-1D Mark IV:104 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
              70D:19
              EOS-1D Mark IV:39
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D:68.0
              EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              EOS-1D Mark IV:APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              70D:20 MP
              EOS-1D Mark IV:16 MP
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D:22.5 bits
              EOS-1D Mark IV:22.8 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              EOS-1D Mark IV:1,320 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D:11.6 EV
              EOS-1D Mark IV:12 EV

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has much more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $6,000 body only

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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