Canon EOS 1D Mark IV vs Nikon Z50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and Nikon Z50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Nikon Z50

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon Z50 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV were released 2009 and Nikon Z50 was released 2019. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Canon 2009
Nikon Z50 Nikon 2019

Type of camera

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z50 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D Mark IV has a "APSH"-sensor while Nikon Z50 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 65 mm (a Canon APS-H sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.3)
Nikon Z50 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV has a 16,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z50 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 16,1 MP 15980544 4896 3264
Nikon Z50 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712

Nikon Z50 has a 29 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark IV. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV has a larger ISO-range than Nikon Z50. Canon EOS 1D Mark IV has an ISO range that stretches from 50 to 102400 while Nikon Z50 has 100 to 51200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 50-102400
Nikon Z50 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z50

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 1D Mark IV can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z50 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 10
Nikon Z50 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon Z50. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV weighs 1230 gr (equal to 2,71 lb) which is 173% heavier than Nikon Z50 and its 450 gr (or 0,99 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 1230 gr 2,71 lb
Nikon Z50 450 gr 0,99 lb