Updated (June 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Nikon DF

Nikon D800 vs Nikon DF

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Nikon DF

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon DF

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
204,800 ISO
Size
Really small
Professional size (144×110×67 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.6"

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
95.0 vs 89.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 13.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
209 ms vs 274 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 550 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 24.6 bits
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,749.00 vs $2,746.95
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The best price we've seen is $998 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon DF

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO vs 2,853 ISO
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The DF has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
1400 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The DF's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Significantly smaller
144×110×67 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 3.2"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DF's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
765 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D8002,853 ISO
              DF3,279 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D80095.0
              DF89.0
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D80025.3 bits
              DF24.6 bits
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D8006,400 ISO
              DF12,800 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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D8004 fps
              DF5.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D80015
              DF9
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,715 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

              Nikon DF Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,232 - $1,299 body only

              $1,586 - $1,899 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

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