Updated (June 2014): Compare the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Winner
Nikon D800

90

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

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.
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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 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
39 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 209 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
1500 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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 25,600 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality: 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the EOS-1D Mark IV
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
95.0 vs 74.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 12 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Size
Significantly smaller
146×123×82 mm vs 156×157×80 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$2,285.00 vs $4,982.96
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The best price we've seen is $2,698 cheaper (2.2x less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
51 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Weight
Lighter
1,000 g vs 1,230 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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
              EOS-1D Mark IV400 ms
              D800200 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV45
              D80051
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              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
              D8001,000 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV3.1"
              D8003.2"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV$4,982.96
              D800$2,285.00
              Size Large Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV156×157×80 mm
              D800146×123×82 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV12,800 ISO
              D8006,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV920k dots
              D800921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,584 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $4,599 body only

              $6,760 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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              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

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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              Avatar for Ken Alvaro Ken Alvaro (7:09 AM, August 24, 2012)
              Nikon Ftw!