Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Nikon D800

74

Canon Powershot SX40

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Weight
Light-weight
600 g

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size
Smaller
123x92x108 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
600 g vs 1,000 g
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40% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10.3 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$349.36 vs $2,521.08
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The best price we've seen is $2,172 cheaper (7.2x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 3.5x more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 2.7"
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Around 20% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
900 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
209 ms vs 350 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 4.3"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D800's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX40Digital
              D800Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              D8001,000 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              D8003.2"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Size Large Help
              SX40123x92x108 mm
              D800146x123x82 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $345

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

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

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,309 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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