• APS-H 518.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark IV advantages over Olympus E-PL9

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.70 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1500 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-PL9 advantages over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 79 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    8 months vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 46 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

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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
Olympus E-PL9
Nikon D3S
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 1DX

Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL9
Canon 1DX
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL9
Nikon D4
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Canon 1D Mark IV
Panasonic GX85
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX85
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Canon 1D Mark IV
Olympus E-PL8
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
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