Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3X

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3X

Winner
Nikon D800

90

Nikon D3X

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
161 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4400 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 1,992 ISO
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The D800 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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"
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Around 10% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality
Better image quality
95.0 vs 88.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24.4 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
146×123×82 mm vs 160×157×88 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$2,285.00 vs $6,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $4,710 cheaper (3.1x less)
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 24.7 bits
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 13.7 EV
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D800's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Significantly lighter
1,000 g vs 1,260 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.5"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3X

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4400 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 5x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
161 ms vs 209 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D80095.0
              D3X88.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D80025.3 bits
              D3X24.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D80014.4 EV
              D3X13.7 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800200 ms
              D3X300 ms
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              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
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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
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D8001,000 g
              D3X1,260 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D8003.2"
              D3X3.5"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D800$2,285.00
              D3X$6,995.00
              Size Large Help
              D800146×123×82 mm
              D3X160×157×88 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D8006,400 ISO
              D3X1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D8004 fps
              D3X5 fps
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D80025,600 ISO
              D3X6,400 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D800921k dots
              D3X920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 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

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Low light performance Is slightly more noisy at high ISO
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $4,999 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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