Both Nikon cameras are built for professionals, but the cheaper D800 has more megapixels. Find out what’s going on in our Nikon D4 vs D800 comparison.
To start, in the infographic above, we’ve made a quick Nikon D4 vs D800 comparison of key specifications. Click on the graphic to see the larger version.
Nikon D4 vs D800: key differences
01 Both cameras have strong, metal alloy bodies with extensive weather sealing, but the D4 is bigger and heavier than the D800, and incorporates a higher-capacity battery in a taller body.
02 The D4’s taller body has a built-in vertical release and command dials built in for extended periods of vertical shooting, such as a fashion shoot; with the D800 you need to buy a separate grip to get this (£295/$370).
03 Both cameras have dual card slots, but where the D800 offers CompactFlash and SD support, the D4 goes with CompactFlash and the new, high-performance XQD card format.
04 The difference in buffer capacities is striking. The D800 can shoot no more than 17 best-quality NEF files in a row before its buffer is filled up, but the D4 can shoot 75.
05 It’s difficult to make predictions about durability, since all photographers use their cameras in different ways, but the D4 has a quoted shutter life of 400,000 cycles versus 200,000 for the D800.
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