Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D4

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

98

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Nikon D3S

93

Nikon D3S

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 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
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 82.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
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
Size Significantly smaller 146x123x82 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $2,796.95 vs $6,799.99
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The best price we've seen is $4,003 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 3.5"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 1,000 g vs 1,240 g
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Around 20% lighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Battery life Much longer battery life 4200 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 4.5x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 3,253 ISO vs 2,853 ISO
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The D3S has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3S's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D3S's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 197 ms vs 209 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D800:2,853 ISO
              D3S:3,253 ISO
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              D3S:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800:200 ms
              D3S:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              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
              D3S:1,240 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D800:3.2"
              D3S:3.5"
              Size Large Help
              D800:146x123x82 mm
              D3S:160x157x88 mm
              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.

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Low light performance Is slightly more noisy at high ISO
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,580 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 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 slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,357 - $2,499 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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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

              Nikon D3S Competitors

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

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