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

Canon EOS 70D vs Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Winner
Canon EOS 70D

73

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
Focus points
Many focus points
45
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
39

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differences

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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Much smaller
145×106×79 mm vs 156×157×80 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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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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0.8 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
39 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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 4 f-stops better
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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
              70D75 ms
              EOS-1D Mark IV104 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D68.0
              EOS-1D Mark IV74.0

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              70D20 MP
              EOS-1D Mark IV16 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              70D22.5 bits
              EOS-1D Mark IV22.8 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,320 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              70D11.6 EV
              EOS-1D Mark IV12 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 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 slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,175 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 - $850 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,299 body only

              $7,460 with 70-200mm lens

              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

              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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