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

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Advantages

Nikon D3X over Nikon D800

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    4400 vs 900 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.0 fps vs 2.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.3 fps vs 2.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

Nikon D800 over Nikon D3X

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 1080p
    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 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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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 Pentax 645D

Nikon D3X
Pentax 645D
  • $7126
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4296
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Nikon D800
Pentax 645D
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4296
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 1D X

Nikon D3X
Canon 1D X
  • $7126
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $6799
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • 60p
Nikon D800
Canon 1D X
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack
  • $6799
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon D3X
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $7126
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D800
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D3X
Sony A99
  • $7126
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D800
Sony A99
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon D3X
Nikon D610
  • $7126
  • 35mm
  • Longer battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • 60p
  • Headphone jack
Nikon D800
Nikon D610
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
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