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Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

70

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
39
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
 
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 39 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 197 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 1000 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
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
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,303 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
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The D700 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Size Significantly smaller 147x123x77 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points 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 1,074 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $3,329.00 vs $4,250.00
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The best price we've seen is $921 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:45
              D700:51
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
              D700:1,074 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:16 MP
              D700:12.1 MP
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

              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-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

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