• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D800 advantages over Leica C

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    25.3 vs 20.9 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 193 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.4 vs 11.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica C advantages over Nikon D800

  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    195g vs 1008g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

  • 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 S95

Nikon D800
Canon S95
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Leica C
Canon S95
  • $984
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Canon S100

Nikon D800
Canon S100
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Leica C
Canon S100
  • $984
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Nikon D800E

Nikon D800
Nikon D800E
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Leica C
Nikon D800E
  • $984
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D800
Sony A99
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $2203
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Leica C
Sony A99
  • $984
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2203
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D810

Nikon D800
Nikon D810
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
Leica C
Nikon D810
  • $984
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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