Nikon D4

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Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 1D X

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Battery life
Great battery life
2600 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
204,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
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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Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 1D X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 36 ms vs 208 ms
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5.8x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.70x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 14 fps vs 11 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 51
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Higher true resolution 18.1 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.3" vs 3.6"
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Around 10% thinner
Size Smaller 158x164x83 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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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
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 82.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life Much longer battery life 2600 shots vs 1500 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Color depth Better color depth 24.7 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 2,965 ISO vs 2,786 ISO
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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
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Weight Lighter 1,340 g vs 1,530 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $4,602.57 vs $5,099.95
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The best price we've seen is $497 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X:2,786 ISO
              D4:2,965 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              1D X:14 fps
              D4:11 fps
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X:0.76x
              D4:0.70x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              1D X:1500 shots
              D4:2600 shots
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              1D X:61
              D4:51
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Light sensitivity (boost) Extremely good boost ISO Help
              204,800 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X:1,530 g
              D4:1,340 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X:$5,099.95
              D4:$4,602.57
              Size Large Help
              1D X:158x164x83 mm
              D4:160x157x91 mm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1D X:3.3"
              D4:3.6"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1D X:18.1 MP
              D4:16.2 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is much smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

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

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,289 - $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly 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

              $1,495 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is much smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

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

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 1D X.

              Nikon D4 Competitors

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

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