Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D3X

85

Nikon D3X

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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 D3X

True resolution
High true resolution
24.4 MP
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
161 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4400 shots
Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24.4 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
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 Significantly smaller 146x123x82 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 24.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 13.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Much cheaper $2,796.95 vs $8,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,202 cheaper (3.2x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D800's maximum light sensitivity is 2 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
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 3.5"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 1,000 g vs 1,260 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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 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 Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D800:95.0
              D3X:88.0
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D800:2,853 ISO
              D3X:1,992 ISO
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D800:25.3 bits
              D3X:24.7 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D800:14.4 EV
              D3X:13.7 EV
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D800:36.2 MP
              D3X:24.4 MP
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800:200 ms
              D3X: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
              D3X:1,260 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D800:3.2"
              D3X:3.5"
              Size Large Help
              D800:146x123x82 mm
              D3X:160x157x88 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D800:6,400 ISO
              D3X:1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D800:4 fps
              D3X:5 fps
              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) One has boost ISO Help
              D800:25,600 ISO
              D3X:None
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              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 Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              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 significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,613 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              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) Significantly 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

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 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

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              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3X.

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