Nikon D4

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D3S

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Nikon D3S

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 D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 82.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
11 fps vs 9 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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 (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$4,514.06 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $481 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4200 shots vs 2600 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO vs 2,965 ISO
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The D3S has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay
Less startup delay
120 ms vs 300 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
197 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Size
Slightly smaller
160x157x88 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.5" vs 3.6"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
1,240 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D4:2,965 ISO
              D3S:3,253 ISO
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D4:2600 shots
              D3S:4200 shots
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              D4:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D3S:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              D4:11 fps
              D3S:9 fps
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D4:300 ms
              D3S:120 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              D4:204,800 ISO
              D3S:102,400 ISO
              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
              D4:1,340 g
              D3S:1,240 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D4:$4,514.06
              D3S:$4,994.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D4:3.6"
              D3S:3.5"
              Size Large Help
              D4:160x157x91 mm
              D3S:160x157x88 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D4:16.2 MP
              D3S:12.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D4:920k dots
              D3S:921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $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 D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D4.

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3S.

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              Avatar for Thorsten Odinsson Thorsten Odinsson (4:03 PM, December 31, 2013)
              "Lucky" all those, who have so much money to buy one of these two cameras !!! :/
               
              Avatar for joneill517 joneill517 (1:10 AM, August 10, 2013)
              I love my D3s. The D4 seems to have some cool features but I can't see plunking down six grand for the improvements.The 102,000 ISO boost on the D3s looks like crap anyway.