Updated (October 2009): Compare the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

73

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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

competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,259 - $1,399 body only

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

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,150 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$756 - $999 body only

$839 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,150 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

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

$1,249 - $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

discussion

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