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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
11 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$783.77 vs $5,120.53
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The best price we've seen is $4,337 cheaper (6.5x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.5" vs 3.6"
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
160×157×88 mm vs 160×157×91 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D42600 shots
              D34300 shots
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              D411 fps
              D39 fps
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D43.6"
              D33.5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D41,340 g
              D31,300 g
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Size Large Help
              D4160×157×91 mm
              D3160×157×88 mm
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D416.2 MP
              D312.1 MP
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D41080p @ 30fps
              D3None
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D412,800 ISO
              D36,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D4920k dots
              D3922k dots

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

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