• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 1DX advantages over Nikon D810

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.94 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D810 advantages over Canon 1DX

  • Less expensive
    $3297 vs $4959*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 11.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    988g vs 1551g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 18.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Handles even better than its predecessors; Absolutely spectacular images from the 36-megapixel image sensor; Unusually wide sensitivity range for its resolution; Improved performance and buffer depths; Improved video feature set; Impressive low-light autofocus

  • Prone to moire and false color with some subjects; No longer available with a low-pass filter; Demands excellent lenses for the best detail; White balance tends warm under tungsten lighting

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 1DX
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 1DX
Nikon D4
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Nikon D810
Nikon D4
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Canon 1DX
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Headphone jack
Nikon D810
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Nikon D800E

Canon 1DX
Nikon D800E
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D4S

Canon 1DX
Nikon D4S
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $5848
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D810
Nikon D4S
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
  • $5848
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
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