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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

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
Focus points
Many focus points
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 39 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Focus points Significantly more focus points 45 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size Significantly smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 850 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $3,120.39 vs $4,250.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,130 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0
              5D Mark II:79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:1,320 ISO
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              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

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

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              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 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,049 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

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              Chi Hyun (7:25 AM, September 28, 2013)
              I though the 1D Mark IV had a microphone jack! :P