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Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D90

69

Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the D90
Overall image quality Much better image quality 95.0 vs 73.0
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More than 30% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.63x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D800's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 900 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Significantly smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 703 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 30% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $792.36 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,205 cheaper (3.8x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800:200 ms
              D90:300 ms
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D800:4 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D800:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,289 - $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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