Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 1D X

Nikon D4


Canon EOS 1D X



Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Great battery life
Battery life
2600 shots
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,200 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
14 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
36 ms shutter lag


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


Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
The 1D X's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
36 ms vs 208 ms
5.8x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 15
Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
14 fps vs 11 fps
Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.76x vs 0.70x
Around 20% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 51
Set focus accurately within the frame
Significantly thinner
3.3" vs 3.6"
Around 10% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
18.1 MP vs 16.2 MP
Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
158×164×83 mm vs 160×157×91 mm
Around 10% smaller
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
156 lenses vs 152 lenses
Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 11.8 EV
0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 82.0
Around 10% better image quality
Battery life
Much longer battery life
2600 shots vs 1500 shots
More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
Record movies without worrying about focus
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 23.8 bits
Almost the same
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO vs 2,786 ISO
The D4 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
1,340 g vs 1,530 g
More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
$4,769.76 vs $5,299.00
The best price we've seen is $529 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X2,786 ISO
              D42,965 ISO
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              1D X14 fps
              D411 fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X0.76x
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              1D X1500 shots
              D42600 shots
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              1D X61
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              204,800 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X1,530 g
              D41,340 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X$5,299.00
              Size Large Help
              1D X158×164×83 mm
              D4160×157×91 mm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1D X3.3"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1D X18.1 MP
              D416.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.




              Shared Competitors



              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is much smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is much smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors



              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $9,205 - $9,335 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Nikon D4 Competitors



              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D4.


              Canon EOS 1D X Nikon D4
              Canon EOS 1D X Nikon D4
              Canon EOS 1D X Nikon D4


              Canon EOS 1D X
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              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.
              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!
              nakit muusilla (3:06 AM, June 30, 2012)
              yeah, and they probably take better pics than you :)