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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

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
 
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
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 Significantly 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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True resolution Higher true resolution 15.4 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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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similarities

Compared to recent DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
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
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
D700:12.1 MP
SD1:15.4 MP
Size Large Help
D700:147x123x77 mm
SD1:146x113x80 mm
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
No movies
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
5 fps
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,797 - $1,897 body only

$2,297 - $2,397 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 D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,047 - $1,097 body only

$1,347 - $1,397 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 significantly more noisy at high ISO
Nikon D600

Nikon D600

Pro DSLR

$1,354 - $1,360 body only

$1,550 with 50mm 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 D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,257 body only

$1,300 with 18-105mm 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

$3,297 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

$2,595 body only

$3,630 with 24-105mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,642 - $1,899 body only

$2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

Nikon D700 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$2,297 body only

$3,597 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

Sigma SD1 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$931 - $1,247 body only

$1,345 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Live view Has live view
Weight Heavier
Sigma DP2 Quattro

Sigma DP2 Quattro

Boutique

$899 - $999

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Sigma SD15

Sigma SD15

Entry-level DSLR

$929 - $939 body only

Size Slightly smaller
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
True resolution Much lower true resolution

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Nikon D700
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