• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-H 518.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 5D advantages over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-H
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.20 vs 5.70 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.10 vs 0.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Lighter weight
    810g vs 1390g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    98 vs 46 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 1D Mark IV advantages over Canon 5D

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1500 vs 800 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 3200 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
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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
  • 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 D3X

Canon 5D
Nikon D3X
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D3X
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D3S

Canon 5D
Nikon D3S
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D3S
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 1DX

Canon 5D
Canon 1DX
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 5D
Nikon D4
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Canon 5D
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • External Mic Jack
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Less expensive
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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