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

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.76x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,200 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
14 fps
In-camera HDR
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
 

differences

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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
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 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
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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.76x vs 0.72x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
1500 shots vs 1000 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$4,337.04 vs $6,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,462 cheaper (around 40% 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
Thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X:$6,799.00
              D700:$4,337.04
              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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 body only

              $2,997 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

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              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

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $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 1D X Competitors

              Advantages

              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

              $4,514 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $12,782 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

              $5,434 body only

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

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,373 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points

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