Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 1D X

Winner
Nikon D4

103

Canon EOS 1D X

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Great battery life
Battery life
2600 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
14 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
36 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
41

galleries

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D4.

competitors

Nikon D4 Competitors

Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,600 - $1,997 body only

$2,400 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,506 - $5,997 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Longer battery life

Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$1,220 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Size Much smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Pro DSLR

$5,856 - $5,999 body only

$6,798 with 24-35mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$325 body only

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Lowest price Much cheaper
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

discussion

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Avatar for Alex Alex (4:47 AM, April 07, 2016)
Guys DXO mark is out..

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D4-versus-Canon-EOS-1Dx___767_753
 
yucatan (2:19 AM, July 12, 2014)
1D X has 2 storage slots too.
 
yucantan (2:18 AM, July 12, 2014)
Are you retarded? don't you know 1D X owns in the AF department 3 times fold than the shitty D4?
 
yucatan (2:18 AM, July 12, 2014)
Don't bother. Because DXO is biased and its not reflecting real world performance.
 
Harkirat (1:03 PM, April 19, 2014)
I never realised that one can use LCD of 7D for shooting. Never thought of doing that. How it is done.
 
Avatar for Serious Gearhead Serious Gearhead (7:01 PM, February 20, 2014)
You need to Google on-line reviews and get away from the Canon brochures.
 
Avatar for Serious Gearhead Serious Gearhead (6:57 PM, February 20, 2014)
Think about it; the Nikon is more versatile in that it can use two different types of flash card - one of which is much faster than CF. And you can buy the cards with the money you save on the purchase price difference between the two cameras. Win-win.
 
Avatar for Serious Gearhead Serious Gearhead (6:53 PM, February 20, 2014)
Can you list those reviews for us. Everything I have seen up to date shows the D4 as winner.
 
Avatar for ohthatdude ohthatdude (1:11 AM, February 14, 2014)
Ummm, no. 1dx has a shorted battery life and a faster burst rate.
http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=canon_eos1dx&products=nikon_d4&sortDir=ascending & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6yG7nAk7ZI
 
Toliy (1:44 PM, February 06, 2014)
I will have to agree that the 1DX is better then D4. But the Canon is not half the price, actually $800 more then the Nikon.

Also Scott Kelby switched because Canon sponsored him and gave him the gear at no cost.
 
Avatar for Ahmad Sami Ahmad Sami (2:22 PM, February 05, 2014)
Both cameras are great, but when it comes to a comparison NO WAY to prove that the D4 is better than the 1D X !
1D X is much better in almost every thing (specially the less shutter lag, amazing focusing system, higher image resolution AND with almost half the price of the D4).
Do you know that Scott Kelby switched from Nikon to Canon because of the 1D X ?
 
ejing (4:19 PM, December 30, 2013)
for the rapid fire, canon should be the winner at 12 fps
 
Avatar for Marcel Speta Marcel Speta (4:45 PM, October 20, 2013)
Both cameras are great. Nikon has definitely better AF in low light where hunts much less than Canon. When light is ok then both works perfect. Personaly i like Nikon ergonomy. They only made a mistake with mixing two diferent type of slots XQD+CF, they should apply two CF slots. Resolution doesn't matter, 2 fps more in Canon also doesn't really rule ...
What makes me angry about D4 is different battery than D3s which had compatible EN-EL4a with D700 and D300 ... so now carrying two chargers? Eghh..!
 
Avatar for Dhy Strike Dhy Strike (0:34 PM, October 03, 2013)
Not all Nikon lenses are overpriced. There are plenty of Nikon's canon counterpart which are more expensive than Nikon
 
Thetruch (2:43 PM, September 19, 2013)
This website canon always lose Nikon at same level.So this is bullshit. May be canon not pay them LOL
 
Avatar for 1sb1 1sb1 (8:33 PM, July 15, 2013)
It is not, as in NOTTTT!!!
 
rustyclx (10:34 AM, May 05, 2013)
The 1D mark iv is a crop sensor, are you going to call the 1D mark iv 'pathetic' as well?
 
Avatar for $26513680 $26513680 (2:40 PM, April 08, 2013)
Quality of your photos show how good photographer you are.
 
John (2:43 PM, February 23, 2013)
1dx has excellant image quality than D4 ....I am using both.....also 1Dx has excellant sensor......when you compare try using both in the field and write.....
 
Avatar for Grin Grin (0:57 AM, January 04, 2013)
Remember 1dx is not for everyone,including their old lenses not usable,I prefer nikon frome old to latest lenses are all usable..and a better quality optics
 
chris (0:24 AM, November 02, 2012)
Hm, how does the d4 win? In almost every other review I have seen, the 1DX easily beats the d4.
 
Erf (0:46 PM, October 13, 2012)
This is not SD, it is an XQD slot, that is really more performant than any CF card.
 
Avatar for MGradyC MGradyC (7:41 AM, October 08, 2012)
Quazi, the one specialist that lost ground from the 1Ds mkIII to the Canon 1D X is the wildlife photographer. AF is limited (via firmware) to lenses reporting a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or wider on the 1D X. It was f/8.0 on the 1DIII. Which means many lens/extender combinations that were able to use AF on the 1D III won't be able to use AF mounted on the 1D X. And the reduction of 3MP in total resolution means there is less room to crop for extra reach. This seems to be an arbitrary decision by Canon to force serious photographers to purchase lenses such as the EF 600mm f/4L II for $13K when the the EF 300mm f/4L + EF 2X III for about $1.8K would do in bright daylight for 1/7th the price.

As for the 7D, I've probably shot 20,000+ frames in the last 8 months with mine. Not a single exposure was taken in "Auto" mode. Most were split between P & Tv (1/3), Av (1/3), or M (1/3). Not a single exposure was taken using the LCD instead of the viewfinder. The 7D is a good tool for what it was designed to do, handle fast for action (and even faster with the recent firmware update) even in low light at a price a fraction of the 1D series. Just because many people purchase a tool and don't use it in a way that maximizes its capabilities doesn't mean the tool is pathetic.

I HAVE used the LCD screen to manually focus on my tripod mounted FF body before switching off the Live view and using remote release/mirror lockup for long exposures in low light. I guess that makes me a pathetic P&S user turned DSLR shooter in your eyes.
 
Avatar for MGradyC MGradyC (6:55 AM, October 08, 2012)
One of which is SD. The fastest SD cards are much slower than the fastest CF cards. And when there is an SD card in the slot, even the CF card write speed is held down to the SD card's.
 
Henk (0:25 PM, July 20, 2012)
 sure. NOT!