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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

Runner-up
     
 

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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differences

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
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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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 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
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
EOS-1D Mark IV:39
D700:15
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
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
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
Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
EOS-1D Mark IV:12 EV
D700:12.2 EV

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$2,297 body only

$2,997 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

$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

$1,697 body only

$2,197 - $2,200 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 D600

Nikon D600

Pro DSLR

$1,360 - $1,410 body only

$1,550 with 50mm 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

$640 body only

$850 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

$3,990 - $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
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$2,499 body only

$3,495 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
Weight Significantly heavier
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Pro DSLR

$6,000 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

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

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