• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Nikon D3X advantages over Nikon D800

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    More info 4400 vs 900 shots
    Capture more photos

Nikon D800 advantages over Nikon D3X

  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 1,992 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • 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
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 24.5 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    1008g vs 1392g
    Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    54 vs 31 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged build; Excellent controls; Extremely high resolution; Dual cards; Surprising high ISO performance.

  • Very large files; Slower frame rate; Custom white balance gives a greenish tint; Battery life lower than D700.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Nikon D3X
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2650
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon D800
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2650
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica S2

Nikon D3X
Leica S2
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $10000
  • 2.13 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Nikon D800
Leica S2
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $10000
  • 2.13 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 1D X

Nikon D3X
Canon 1D X
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $4571
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D800
Canon 1D X
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $4571
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D3X
Sony A99
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D800
Sony A99
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D600

Nikon D3X
Nikon D600
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Longer battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1196
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D800
Nikon D600
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1196
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
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