I like to have as much dynamic range as possible. I hear that both cameras have more dynamic range than the D3s which I have now. I'm looking to complement my D3s with something that has more pixel, better for enlargement, and more dynamic range. Which would you recommend?
For the same price, I'd get the D4. I have a D3X (and I love it), but I believe the pixel count on the D4 would be adequate for my needs. Because bodies get "old" faster than glass (based on what is the latest and greatest), I would attempt to stay more current on the body, given a choice. Plus, D3X doesn't have video, if that matters to you.
Keep in mind that the DR changes (drops) significantly as you raise the ISO setting above 100. You might want to look at the charts and see the difference at the ISO setting(s) you would most often use.
There are other factors to be examined also. The D4 is far better than the D800 in high iso/low noise situations. The AF of the D4 is better, ergonomics are superior to the D3s & 3X. It is far quieter than the D800, which is just as noisy as the D700, which bugs the heck out of me, a big embarrassment as the D600 is much quieter than the D800. I am speaking of sound noise here. and other factors...
I took a long detailed look at the D4, D800, and the D3 siblings before I made my decision, and the D4 just came out on top hands down.
I would recommend the D4 as well. There's not much of a difference with regard to DR and you get a better, faster camera. On a side note, I own both the D4 and the D800 so if maximum DR is what you are after, then I would highly recommend that you look at the D800/E.
Sun 17-Mar-13 02:27 PM | edited Sun 17-Mar-13 02:28 PM by Ferguson
I'd offer up the D800 for consideration as well. I have it and the D4, and I think both are MUCH better choice than the D3X.
You have a D3s. It's not quite a D4 but it's close, and has the speed and durability for times when you need that. The D800 offers a contrast, it will give higher resolution and other than at high ISO has better dynamic range.
If I'm shooting action I or night/indoor I grab the D4. A fellow shooter uses a D3s for indoor sports, so we have compared notes, not a huge difference.
If I'm looking for just the best image, especially if I might crop, I grab the D800.
They complement each other nicely, and a D3s/D800 combination will as well, whereas the D4/D3s is almost more competition than complement.
For what subjects in what conditions? They are different animals optimized for different purposes. For speed and very low light D3s or D4, for ultimate IQ in decent light where frame rate is not the prime factor than definitely the D800/e. The D4 would be more of a lateral move whereas a D800 would add capabilities to what you already have. Stan St Petersburg Russia