Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Nikon D3

88

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3.

competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$1,965 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,199 - $2,797 body only

$2,900 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,100 - $2,299 body only

$2,639 - $2,899 with 24-105mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$106 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Shoots movies
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$1,965 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life

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