Nikon D800 vs Nikon D4

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D4

87

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
200 ms startup delay
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
2600 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
204,800 ISO
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,585 - $1,997 body only

$2,109 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,424 - $2,797 body only

$2,790 - $3,497 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D4 Competitors

Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$5,979 - $6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,585 - $1,997 body only

$2,109 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,481 - $5,997 body only

Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Battery life Longer battery life

discussion

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Avatar for PSAGuy PSAGuy (3:37 AM, December 25, 2015)
As a pro I can say I have never shot a camera that focuses so fast as the D4. None....EVER. Today I shot over 1500 hockey images and NOT ONE was out of perfect focus ! Not a single image. I don't know any other camera that performs like this.
 
Avatar for Kostis Kostis (10:23 PM, January 12, 2014)
There is no marketing on professional cameras.

this is a comparison with 2 totally different camera types.
the d4 is a professional sports/action/low light camera (ease of use in tough "conditions")
and the d800 is a professional scenery,portrait camera.(better image quality)
 
Avatar for J-me Bernardo J-me Bernardo (6:01 PM, January 10, 2014)
"Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos" .... Is it a joke?
 
Avatar for Graham Price Graham Price (6:15 PM, September 06, 2013)
FYI the D800 also focusses continuously while shooting movies - in reality a completely useless function as it looks very amateurish to see video footage where the camera is trying to find focus. A professional would only use manual focus during filming.
 
Henning Hansen (1:09 PM, May 14, 2013)
Why are you afraid to compare the Sony a99? It produces fantastic results equal or better than both, translucent technology blows the others away and offers in one camera what Nikon is trying to achive in two!
 
Avatar for PSAGuy PSAGuy (7:08 PM, January 22, 2013)
High ISO performance is easier to achieve with a lower megapixel rating. True high iso performance is possible on the D4.
 
Avatar for PSAGuy PSAGuy (7:06 PM, January 22, 2013)
You are forgetting MUCH longer shutter life on D4 !!
 
Treepop (5:25 AM, March 24, 2012)
 Hows is 100 to 99 a tie?
 
Greg Post (9:48 PM, March 13, 2012)
Agreed, I prefer the more blocky look of the D700 over the new D800 look. Still, one hell of a camera.
 
stefano diez (3:43 PM, February 14, 2012)
Sorry, in marketing more is better?
 
stefano diez (3:42 PM, February 14, 2012)
I' think that 36Mpx is too much on fx format to obtain clear quality, and why the flagship (D4) have "only" 16 Mpx. Peraphs in marketig low is better?
 
W2778823 (6:39 AM, February 08, 2012)
The rounded D800 is less of beauty.  Fuji X100 is the recent neo-classic beauty.  Nikon F4S is also a beauty of metal.
 
gerel (0:53 AM, February 08, 2012)
great camera ... can u explain iso noise?? d800 & d4