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

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

98

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

70

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
39
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 39 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 209 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the EOS-1D Mark IV
Overall image quality Much better image quality 95.0 vs 74.0
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Around 30% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 12 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Size Smaller 146x123x82 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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
Weight Lighter 1,000 g vs 1,230 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $2,796.95 vs $4,250.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,453 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:45
              D800:51
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:400 ms
              D800:200 ms
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
              D800:1,000 g
              Size Large Help
              EOS-1D Mark IV:156x157x80 mm
              D800:146x123x82 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Movie format Does not take movies

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              Avatar for Ken Alvaro Ken Alvaro (7:09 AM, August 24, 2012)
              Nikon Ftw!