Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 1D X

Nikon D800


Canon EOS 1D X



Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
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


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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.


Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,560 - $1,997 body only

$2,108 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810


$2,268 - $2,797 body only

$3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,249 - $2,499 body only

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

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Canon EOS 1D X 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
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II


$5,999 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,249 - $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


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Showing 6 comments

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 Серёга Серёга (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