Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D4 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D4

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Really small
Size
Large 146x123x82 mm
 

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 format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
11 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Much longer battery life
2600 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO vs 2,853 ISO
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
95.0 vs 89.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Much smaller
146x123x82 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 13.1 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 24.7 bits
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.2" vs 3.6"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$2,521.08 vs $4,818.88
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The best price we've seen is $2,298 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
1,000 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 30% lighter
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D42,965 ISO
              D8002,853 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D489.0
              D80095.0
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D424.7 bits
              D80025.3 bits
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D4300 ms
              D800200 ms
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D41,340 g
              D8001,000 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D43.6"
              D8003.2"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D4$4,818.88
              D800$2,521.08
              Size Large Help
              D4160x157x91 mm
              D800146x123x82 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D4920k dots
              D800921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 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 D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,309 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,935 body only

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,299 body only

              $7,460 with 70-200mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

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              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