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Nikon D700 vs Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Nikon D700

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
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
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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
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
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
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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
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
147×123×77 mm vs 156×157×80 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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Almost the same
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$3,743.30 vs $4,843.10
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The best price we've seen is $1,100 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight
Lighter
1,074 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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
              400 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV45
              D70051
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,230 g
              D7001,074 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV$4,843.10
              D700$3,743.30
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV156×157×80 mm
              D700147×123×77 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV16 MP
              D70012.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV12,800 ISO
              D7006,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

              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
              D700922k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV74.0
              D70080.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 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

              $733 - $897 body only

              $987 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

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

              $1,749 body only

              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-1D Mark IV Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $4,599 - $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 Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 body only

              $1,800 - $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

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

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

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