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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

68

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
 

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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0.1 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
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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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
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
152x114x75 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$2,494.73 vs $5,434.02
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The best price we've seen is $2,939 cheaper (2.2x less)
Weight
Much 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:$5,434.02
              5D Mark II:$2,494.73
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
              5D Mark II:850 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 IV:156x157x80 mm
              5D Mark II:152x114x75 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:12 EV
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              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

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

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

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

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

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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

              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 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $4,000 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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