Nikon D4 vs Nikon D3

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D3

82

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

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

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differences

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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
11 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 6 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$4,841.68 vs $4,999.00
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Almost the same
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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
Size
Slightly smaller
160×157×88 mm vs 160×157×91 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.5" vs 3.6"
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D42,965 ISO
              D32,290 ISO
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D42600 shots
              D34300 shots
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              D411 fps
              D39 fps
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              D41,340 g
              D31,300 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D4$4,841.68
              D3$4,999.00
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D43.6"
              D33.5"
              Size Large Help
              D4160×157×91 mm
              D3160×157×88 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D416.2 MP
              D312.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D412,800 ISO
              D36,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D4920k dots
              D3922k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,849 body only

              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 D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,954 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

              $2,997 body only

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

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly 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

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is much smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              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

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price More expensive

              Nikon D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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