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

Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3

83

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

44

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

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

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Size
Really small
Professional size 147x113x74 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
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 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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.60x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
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
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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              S5 Pro:920 g
              D3:1,300 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              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
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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 much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm 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
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $7,126 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $410

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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