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

Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 1D X

Winner
Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 1D X

89

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
High true resolution
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
36 ms vs 209 ms
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5.8x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
Significantly 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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
1500 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 11.8 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
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
Much 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$2,399.06 vs $5,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,600 cheaper (2.5x less)
Weight
Much lighter
1,000 g vs 1,530 g
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More than 30% lighter
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X2,786 ISO
              D8002,853 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X0.76x
              D8000.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              1D X61
              D80051
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X1,530 g
              D8001,000 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1D X3.3"
              D8003.2"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X$5,999.00
              D800$2,399.06
              Size Large Help
              1D X158x164x83 mm
              D800146x123x82 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,249 with 24-70mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,364 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              $8,431 with 24-70mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,050 body only

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 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

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

              Pro DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Smaller
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $9,211 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Much more expensive

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,891 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              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