• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Nikon D4S advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 5.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3020 vs 900 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.6 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.8 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    78 vs 19 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Nikon D4S

  • Less expensive
    $4049 vs $5999*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    14 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    890g vs 1356g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    30.4 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 200 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent, tank-like build quality; First-rate ergonomics a pro would expect; Superb performance with confident autofocus; Great image quality; Big, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage; Excellent battery life; Doubles as a powerful video capture tool

  • Fairly minor upgrade over the D4; Image quality improvements apply only to JPEG; XQD card format isn't broadly accepted; Consumer-friendly default JPEG processing may turn off some pros; Body is large and hefty (but that's normal for pro gear)

  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon D4S
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2899
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2899
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Nikon D4S
Nikon D810
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D4S
Canon 1DX
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D4S
Nikon D4
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D4S
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster JPEG shooting
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