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Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

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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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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x 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 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
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 1000 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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 1,074 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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        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
        Size Large Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:156x157x80 mm
        D700:147x123x77 mm
        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
        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
        EOS-1D Mark IV:920k dots
        D700:922k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0
        D700:80.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 - $3,040 with 24-120mm 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
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $874 - $947 body only

        $1,247 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 D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,597 body only

        $1,997 - $2,040 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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

        $3,990 - $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

        $4,210 with 28-300mm 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

        $2,499 body only

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

        Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

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        Canon EOS 1D X

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Pro DSLR

        $5,100 - $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-1Ds Mark III

        Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $1,250 body only

        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

        $4,599 body only

        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

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        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,373 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Focus points Fewer focus points

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