Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Nikon D4

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

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Nikon D3

84

Nikon D3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
88 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4300 shots
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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 2,853 ISO vs 2,290 ISO
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The D800 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Size Much smaller 146x123x82 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 1,000 g vs 1,300 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 3.5"
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Around 10% thinner
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Battery life Much longer battery life 4300 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 5x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 88 ms vs 209 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
        D800:2,853 ISO
        D3:2,290 ISO
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
        D3:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        0.70x
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        51
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D800:200 ms
        D3:300 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%
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        D800:1,000 g
        D3:1,300 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        D800:3.2"
        D3:3.5"
        Size Large Help
        D800:146x123x82 mm
        D3:160x157x88 mm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        25,600 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D800:921k dots
        D3:922k dots

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,199 - $3,399 body only

        $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $3,597 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Thickness Is thinner
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,354 - $1,360 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 - $1,097 body only

        $1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

        Nikon D800 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

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

        Nikon D3 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

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

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