General

Nikon D4 Nikon D3
Brand
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Nikon Nikon
Lowest price
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$5,120.53 $783.77
Announced
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January 2012 August 2007

Sensor

Type
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CMOS CMOS
Crop factor
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1x 1x
Megapixels
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16.2 MP 12.1 MP
Light sensitivity
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12,800 ISO 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
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204,800 ISO 25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes No

Sensor (Advanced)

True resolution
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16.2 MP 12.1 MP
Native resolution
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4928 × 3280 4256 × 2832
Pixel size
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53.5 µm² 71.7 µm²

Screen

Type
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LCD LCD
Size
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3.2" 3"
Resolution
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920k dots 922k dots
Touch screen
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No No
Flips out
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No No
Live view
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Yes Yes

Lenses

Lens availability
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171 lenses 171 lenses
Lens mount
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Nikon FX Nikon FX

Form factor

Size
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160×157×91 mm 160×157×88 mm
Depth
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3.6" 3.5"
Weight
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1,340 g 1,300 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes Yes
Waterproof
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No No
Weather sealed
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Yes Yes
Built-in focus motor
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Yes Yes

Viewfinder

Type
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Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder size
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0.70x 0.70x
Coverage
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100% 100%

Movies

Format
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1080p @ 30fps None
Supports 24p
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Yes n/a
High-speed framerate
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None n/a
External mic jack
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Yes n/a
Autofocus
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Contrast detection None
Continuous focus
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Yes n/a
All formats
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  1. 1080p @ 24fps
  2. 1080p @ 30fps
n/a

Features

Panorama
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No No
HDR
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Yes No
3D
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No No
Image stabilization
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None None
Supports RAW
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Yes Yes
GPS
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No No

Performance

Startup delay
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300 ms 300 ms
Shutter lag
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208 ms 88 ms
Battery life
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2600 shots 4300 shots
Continuous shooting
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11 fps 9 fps

Focus system

Autofocus
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Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points
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51 51
Cross type focus points
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15 15

Shutter

Max
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1/8000s 1/8000s
Min
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30s 30s

Flash

Built-in flash
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No No
External connection
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Yes Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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2 2
Supported formats
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  1. CompactFlash (Type I)
  2. CompactFlash (Type I)
  3. CompactFlash (Type II)
  4. CompactFlash (Type II)
  5. XQD
  6. XQD
  1. CompactFlash (Type I)
  2. CompactFlash (Type I)
  3. CompactFlash (Type II)
  4. CompactFlash (Type II)

DXO Mark Scores

Image quality
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89.0 81.0
Color depth
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24.7 bits 23.5 bits
Dynamic range
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13.1 EV 12.2 EV
Low light performance
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2,965 ISO 2,290 ISO
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