• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D4 advantages over Sony RX1R

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 5.97 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,965 vs 2,537 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2600 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony RX1R advantages over Nikon D4

  • Less expensive
    $3298 vs $5999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    69 mm vs 90 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    482g vs 1347g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Significantly sharper, more detailed JPEG images than those from the RX1; JPEG processing appears to minimize moire and aliasing artifacts; Same price as the RX1; Full-frame, 24-megapixel compact camera with fast Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2 T* lens; Blazing fast autofocus; Impressive image quality that rivals (and sometimes surpasses) full-frame DSLRs.

  • More prone to moire, aliasing and false color than the RX1; Only subtle improvement in sharpness in RAW files; Fixed-length lens limits shooting flexibility; Viewfinders (optical or electronic) only available as optional accessories; Extremely expensive for a compact camera.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D4
Canon 1DX
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Sony RX1R
Canon 1DX
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D4
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points
Sony RX1R
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX1

Nikon D4
Sony RX1
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony RX1R
Sony RX1
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D4
Nikon D4S
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
Sony RX1R
Nikon D4S
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX1R II

Nikon D4
Sony RX1R II
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony RX1R
Sony RX1R II
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
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