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Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

95

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

68

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 39 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 209 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Battery life Significantly 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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 Significantly smaller 146x123x82 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Focus points Slightly more focus points 51 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Significantly lighter 1,000 g vs 1,230 g
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Around 20% 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
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        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
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:39
        D800:15
        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
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:3.1"
        D800:3.2"
        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
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:920k dots
        D800:921k dots

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $3,830 with 50mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,608 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $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 D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 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

        $6,744 - $6,827 body only

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

        Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

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        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

        Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $6,000 body only

        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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        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,441 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        True resolution Much lower true resolution
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        True resolution Much lower true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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