Nikon D4

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D3

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Nikon D3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
88 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4300 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,965 ISO vs 2,290 ISO
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The D4 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.7 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 11 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Cheaper $5,949.00 vs $7,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,046 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Battery life Much longer battery life 4300 shots vs 2600 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 88 ms vs 208 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Thickness Thinner 3.5" vs 3.6"
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 160x157x88 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 1,300 g vs 1,340 g
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D4:2,965 ISO
              D3:2,290 ISO
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D4:2600 shots
              D3:4300 shots
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              D4:11 fps
              D3:9 fps
              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
              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
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              D4:1,340 g
              D3:1,300 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D4:3.6"
              D3:3.5"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D4:$5,949.00
              D3:$7,995.00
              Size Large Help
              D4:160x157x91 mm
              D3:160x157x88 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D4:16.2 MP
              D3:12.1 MP
              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
              D4:920k dots
              D3:922k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,197 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,150 body only

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              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
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,300 body only

              Size Is much smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $5,184 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life

              Nikon D4 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3.

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