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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
 
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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 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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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 Much smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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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        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
        5D Mark II:850 g
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        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"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        920k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0
        5D Mark II:79.0
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:12 EV
        5D Mark II:11.9 EV
        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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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $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

        $3,199 - $3,399 body only

        $3,799 - $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 - $1,799 body only

        $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm 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
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 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 D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 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

        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
        Weight Significantly heavier

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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