• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D4S advantages over Sony HX80

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3020 vs 390 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.50x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony HX80 advantages over Nikon D4S

  • Less expensive
    $298 vs $5869
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 90 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    245g vs 1356g
    Lighter weight
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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

  • Excellent, tank-like build quality; First-rate ergonomics a pro would expect; Superb performance with confident autofocus; Great image quality; Big, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage; Excellent battery life; Doubles as a powerful video capture tool

  • Fairly minor upgrade over the D4; Image quality improvements apply only to JPEG; XQD card format isn't broadly accepted; Consumer-friendly default JPEG processing may turn off some pros; Body is large and hefty (but that's normal for pro gear)

The Competition

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D4S
Canon 1DX
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Sony HX80
Canon 1DX
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D4S
Nikon D4
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Sony HX80
Nikon D4
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D4S
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points
Sony HX80
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony WX500

Nikon D4S
Sony WX500
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony HX80
Sony WX500
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Sony HX90V

Nikon D4S
Sony HX90V
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony HX80
Sony HX90V
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in GPS
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