• APS-H 518.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark IV advantages over Sony A77 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1500 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    39 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    46 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A77 II advantages over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Less expensive
    $1798 vs $5499*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    4 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 dots on screen
    1230k vs 920k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.58x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More AF points
    79 vs 45
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.5 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

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
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality, especially lower ISOs; Improved high ISO performance when using RAW; Very good dynamic range; High-resolution images; Very fast single-shot autofocus; 12fps burst mode with C-AF; Good value for its class.

  • Lackluster continuous AF performance; Strong NR processing in high ISO JPEGs; Sluggish buffer clearing; Short battery life compared to most DSLRs; Joystick control easy to press accidentally.

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
Sony A77 II
Nikon D3S
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon 1DX

Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A77 II
Canon 1DX
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $6146
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A77 II
Nikon D4
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $6146
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Sony A77 II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7200

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D7200
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1284
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A77 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1284
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
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