Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 1D X vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

98

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Canon EOS 1D X

92

Canon EOS 1D X

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 14 fps vs 4 fps
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3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 1D X's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 36 ms vs 209 ms
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5.8x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.70x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 1D X's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 51
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 D800

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 82.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 11.8 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Size Significantly smaller 146x123x82 mm vs 158x164x83 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Weight Much lighter 1,000 g vs 1,530 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $2,996.95 vs $6,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,802 cheaper (2.3x less)
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X:2,786 ISO
              D800:2,853 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              1D X:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X:0.76x
              D800:0.70x
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              1D X:61
              D800:51
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X:1,530 g
              D800:1,000 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1D X:3.3"
              D800:3.2"
              Size Large Help
              1D X:158x164x83 mm
              D800:146x123x82 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

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

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thinner
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $5,184 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,949 body only

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,650 body only

              $2,098 - $2,100 with 24-85mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $14,593 - $15,378 body only

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

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

              Pro DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,300 body only

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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              Jack632 (11:03 PM, September 14, 2013)
              Out of touch? None of their comparisons make sense? Everything makes sense to me, also, is not the camera, is more about the photographer, but everything is making sense, all of the specifications are real, twice megapixel resolution is enough if you want to go straight to the point
               
              Daniel (11:52 AM, June 27, 2013)
              I am agree, I own both D4 and 1DX, and 1DX is a great camera. I think D4 and 1DX is equal, but I like 1DX more
               
              Irritated (3:22 AM, June 16, 2013)
              I think Snapsort is completely out of touch. None of their comparisons makes sense. There is more to a camera than all those data Snapsort thinks are very important. Canon 1DX can thump Nikon D800 any day. I have friends who were die hard Nikon fans who jumped camp to Canon all because of the 1DX.
               
              Donegan Photos (0:06 AM, March 23, 2013)
              Nikon D800 wins for sure mate!
              the D800 has crazy sharpness in its images and has great Low Light, If you are scared about the Megapixels you can still use it at 21mp or at 15 in DX crop mode
               
              Babu (7:34 PM, January 30, 2013)
              Hi every one
              pl help me I want very god suggestion every one for DSLR Nikon or Canon i will select for this model
              Nikon D800 or canon 5d mark iii witch one best for Interior , modeling, wedding photography
              i want best color & sharp images pl right & help me
               
              Avatar for Сергей Сергей (0:09 PM, February 14, 2012)
              Huge LCD :) Nikon D800 I don't like due to high megapixel. But Idea to use FF as crop not bad. We'll see who will be winner when 5dm3 will come, anyway Canon EOS 5D and Nikon D700 are good cameras for enthusiast which will be popular in second hand segment next three years