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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV vs Canon EOS 7D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
1500 shots
Many focus points
Focus points
45
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag

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

Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,320 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
39 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1500 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
45 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 131 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Size
Much smaller
148×111×74 mm vs 156×157×80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Lens availability
More lenses available
197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Weight
Significantly lighter
860 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 30% lighter
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV104 ms
              7D131 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV10 fps
              7D8 fps
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,230 g
              7D860 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV16 MP
              7D17.9 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV12,800 ISO
              7D6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV74.0
              7D66.0

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV0.59x
              7D0.62x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV22.8 bits
              7D22 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,320 ISO
              7D854 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV12 EV
              7D11.7 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              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
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,175 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              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
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              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-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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