Updated (December, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1D X vs Nikon D800

Canon EOS 1D X

Winner
Canon EOS 1D X

91

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Nikon D700

84

Nikon D700

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Thickness
Thin
3"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 14 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,786 ISO vs 2,303 ISO
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The 1D X has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 36 ms vs 197 ms
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5.5x 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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 18.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 922k 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 1000 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.72x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 51
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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 D700

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Much smaller 147x123x77 mm vs 158x164x83 mm
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Around 40% 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 1,074 g vs 1,530 g
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Around 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $2,299.00 vs $5,249.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,951 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X:2,786 ISO
              D700:2,303 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X:0.76x
              D700:0.72x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              1D X:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D700:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              1D X:61
              D700:51
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X:1,530 g
              D700:1,074 g
              Size Large Help
              1D X:158x164x83 mm
              D700:147x123x77 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1D X:18.1 MP
              D700:12.1 MP
              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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              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

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,030 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $12,782 - $12,783 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 D700 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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