Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro vs Nikon D4

Nikon D3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
88 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Size
Really small
Professional size 147x113x74 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S5 Pro

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.5 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Much smaller 147x113x74 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Much lighter 920 g vs 1,300 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
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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,290 ISO vs 448 ISO
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The D3 has excellent image quality 2.4 f-stops higher ISO than the S5 Pro
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.60x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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recommendations

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
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        S5 Pro:920 g
        D3:1,300 g
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        S5 Pro:3,200 ISO
        D3:6,400 ISO
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        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.

        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        S5 Pro:None
        D3:25,600 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        S5 Pro:2.5"
        D3:3.0"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        S5 Pro:230k dots
        D3:922k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        S5 Pro:65.0
        D3:81.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        $4,337 body only

        Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D4

        Nikon D4

        Pro DSLR

        $4,603 body only

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,597 - $1,875 body only

        $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $886 with 55-200mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $792 body only

        $950 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

        Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

        Pro DSLR

        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $749 body only

        $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Color depth Better color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        True resolution Lower true resolution

        Nikon D3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3S

        Nikon D3S

        Pro DSLR

        $4,995 body only

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $2,446 - $2,891 body only

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

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

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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