• Medium format 2,169.5mm2
  • 101.1 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 12,800
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Phase One XF 100MP advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More pixels
    101.1 vs 30.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    3600 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 19 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Phase One XF 100MP

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.36 vs 4.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 10.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • 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
  • Thinner
    75 mm vs 160 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/200 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    13 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 384k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.17 vs 0.33 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 0.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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

  • 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

Phase One XF 100MP
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Phase One XF 100MP
Nikon D810
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax 645Z

Phase One XF 100MP
Pentax 645Z
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $5497
  • Medium format
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Canon 5D Mark IV
Pentax 645Z
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5497
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Phase One XF 100MP
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon 5D Mark IV
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica S-E (Typ 006)

Phase One XF 100MP
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 5D Mark IV
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification
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