Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 1D X vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Has live view
Live view
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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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differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
39 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Significantly 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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0.2 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 2 f-stops 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 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
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
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
Size
Much smaller
152×114×75 mm vs 156×157×80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,230 g
              5D Mark II850 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV156×157×80 mm
              5D Mark II152×114×75 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV12,800 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV16 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV12 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV74.0
              5D Mark II79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,320 ISO
              5D Mark II1,815 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              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

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Overall image quality Has slightly lower image quality
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,901 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              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 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $2,666 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

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

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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