Updated (December, 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Sigma SD1

Nikon D700 vs Sigma SD1

Nikon D700
Sigma SD1

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
197 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma SD1

Weight
Light-weight
706 g
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700. Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Sigma SD1.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 4500 ms
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11.3x less delay when turning on
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
197 ms vs 382 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
152 lenses vs 60 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 2
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sigma SD1

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Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,169.85 vs $3,990.16
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The best price we've seen is $2,820 cheaper (3.4x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.4 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
706 g vs 1,074 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
146x113x80 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Sigma SD1.

similarities

Compared to recent DSLRs

Common Strengths
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
1/8000 of a second
Common Weaknesses
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
No movies
Size Large Help
D700147x123x77 mm
SD1146x113x80 mm
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
D70012.1 MP
SD115.4 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
5 fps
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen size Very small screens Help
3.0"

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,997 body only

$2,697 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$897 body only

$1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Low light performance Is slightly more noisy at high ISO
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,315 - $1,497 body only

$1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D600

Nikon D600

Pro DSLR

$1,357 body only

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$685 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Low light performance Is significantly more noisy at high ISO
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,556 - $2,660 body only

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$2,000 body only

Movie format Records higher quality movies
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

Nikon D700 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

Sigma SD1 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sigma DP2 Quattro

Sigma DP2 Quattro

Boutique

$879

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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Nikon D700 Sigma SD1
Nikon D700

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Nikon D700
D700
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Sigma SD1
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