As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D4 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D4's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D810 and the D800) and Canon (such as the EOS 80D and the EOS 5D Mark III)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4 compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 6.5 fps) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 24.3 MP), has much more startup delay (300 ms vs 200 ms), has much more shutter lag (208 ms vs 88 ms), is older (january 2012 vs february 2014) and is much larger (large (160×157×91 mm) vs large (146×123×82 mm)).

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
2 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Much thinner: 3.2" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D4)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 1200 shots vs 2600 shots

common strengths of the D810 and D4

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 1200 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
similar age
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Much thinner: 3.2" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D4)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 900 shots vs 2600 shots

common strengths of the D800 and D4

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S
2 years older
$1,869 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3S (vs the D4)

  • Much longer battery life: 4200 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Thinner: 3.5" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D3S (vs the D4)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Shoots significantly slower: 9 fps vs 11 fps
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 16.2 MP

common strengths of the D3S and D4

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 9 fps vs 11 fps
  • Very long battery life: 4200 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s
2 years newer
$4,600 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4s (vs the D4)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 3020 shots vs 2600 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D4s (vs the D4)

  • None found

common strengths of the D4s and D4

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 11 fps
  • Very long battery life: 3020 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3

Nikon D3
4 years older
$784 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3 (vs the D4)

  • Much longer battery life: 4300 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Thinner: 3.5" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D3 (vs the D4)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Shoots significantly slower: 9 fps vs 11 fps
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 16.2 MP

common strengths of the D3 and D4

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 9 fps vs 11 fps
  • Very long battery life: 4300 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D4)

  • Shoots much slower: 6.5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 1230 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and D4

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 1230 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), much larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.54x), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, slightly fewer lenses available (171 lenses vs 220 lenses) and is older (january 2012 vs february 2013).

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
4 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D4)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.70x
  • Much shorter battery life: 960 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the EOS 80D and D4

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.70x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 11 fps
  • Weather sealed

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D4)

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the D7100 and D4

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.70x
  • Weather sealed

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
1 year newer
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the D4)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Much shorter battery life: 560 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the K-3 and D4

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.70x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 11 fps

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
5 years older
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the D4)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.5" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 522 g vs 1,340 g

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the D4)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the D40 and D4

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
9 months older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D4)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much lighter: 560 g vs 1,340 g

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D4)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.70x
  • Much shorter battery life: 660 shots vs 2600 shots

common strengths of the D5100 and D4

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D4)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.70x
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 600 shots vs 2600 shots

common strengths of the D5300 and D4

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 51

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), significantly larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.36x), has a weather sealed body and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 36.2 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
4 years newer
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the D4)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 11 fps

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the D4)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and D4

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 171 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
3 years newer
$443 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D4)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 11 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D4)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the 1 J5 and D4

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
1 year newer
$1,604 (body only)
$2,148 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the D4)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (vs the D4)

  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 2600 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the A7R and D4

  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks