• APS-H 518.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark IV advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.70 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1500 vs 600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    39 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 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 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D5300 advantages over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.9 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 46 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality similar to more expensive DSLRs (like the D7100); Great dynamic range; Responsive all-around performer; Excellent Full HD video-shooting quality; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Built-in GPS; Compact and lightweight size; 18-140mm kit lens performs well for its type and has a very versatile focus length range.

  • AA-filterless sensor makes it more prone to moire; Burst speed slows with highest quality 14-bit RAW images; Live View mode not as good as some competitors; No external headphone jack; GPS receiver not very sensitive.

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
Nikon D5300
Nikon D3S
  • $601
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 1DX

Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D5300
Canon 1DX
  • $601
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • 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
Nikon D5300
Nikon D4
  • $601
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D5200

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D5200
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More dynamic range
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $601
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 1D Mark IV
Pentax K-3
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $601
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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