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

Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 1D X

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Nikon D700

85

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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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Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 14 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 3x 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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 36 ms vs 197 ms
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5.5x less delay when taking photos
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
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
        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
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        1D X:41
        D700:15
        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
        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
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        1D X:82.0
        D700:80.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        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
        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 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

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 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 D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,444 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm 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

        $3,160 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 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,899 body only

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

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

        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
        Nikon D4

        Nikon D4

        Pro DSLR

        $6,744 - $6,827 body only

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        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

        $14,501 - $14,623 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 D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 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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