• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D3X advantages over Nikon D4

  • Longer battery life
    4400 vs 2600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Nikon D4 advantages over Nikon D3X

  • Less expensive
    $5997 vs $6999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 5.94 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 31 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Nikon D3X
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $7062
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon D4
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels

Compared to Leica S2

Nikon D3X
Leica S2
  • $7062
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $10000
  • 2.13 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Nikon D4
Leica S2
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $10000
  • 2.13 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Canon 1D Mark IV

Nikon D3X
Canon 1D Mark IV
  • $7062
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $4999
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon D4
Canon 1D Mark IV
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $4999
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 1D X

Nikon D3X
Canon 1D X
  • $7062
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $5250
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D4
Canon 1D X
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $5250
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D3X
Nikon D4S
  • $7062
  • 35mm
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon D4
Nikon D4S
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
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