• APS-H 518.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark IV advantages over Leica S (Typ 006)

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $4999 vs $21950 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 824 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    39 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More AF points
    45 vs 1
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica S (Typ 006) advantages over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs APS-H
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Newer
    6 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    1.09x vs 0.58x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3S

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D3S
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica S (Typ 006)
Nikon D3S
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 1DX

Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica S (Typ 006)
Canon 1DX
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica S (Typ 006)
Nikon D4
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Canon 1D Mark IV
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica S (Typ 006)
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Leica S-E (Typ 006)

Canon 1D Mark IV
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
Leica S (Typ 006)
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
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