Canon EOS 1D X vs Nikon D4S

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Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D4S

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
1.9MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is an 18.1MP digital camera. That's 1.9MP higher than the Nikon D4S (16.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

More total megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 19.3MP digital camera. That's 2.7MP more than the Nikon D4S (16.6MP).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 0.76x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.06x higher than the Nikon D4S (0.7x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Thinner Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is an 82.7mm deep digital camera. That's 7.8mm thinner than the Nikon D4S (90.5mm).
2% narrower Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 158mm wide digital camera. That's 2mm narrower than the Nikon D4S (160mm).
Two more awards
The Canon EOS 1D X has 11 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Nikon D4S has 9 awards.
6 Reasons For
14% lighter Edit
The Nikon D4S is a 1.2kg digital camera. That's 160g lighter than the Canon EOS 1D X (1.2kg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Marginally shorter Edit
The Nikon D4S has a height of 156.5mm, however the Canon EOS 1D X is a 163.6mm tall digital camera (7.1mm taller).
£521 cheaper
The Nikon D4S is £520.99 cheaper than the Canon EOS 1D X.
Available from 3 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Expert reviews are slightly better
Based on 52 reviews, the Nikon D4S has an average expert review score of 93%, whereas the Canon EOS 1D X has an average rating of 89% (based on 56 reviews).
User reviews are slightly better
Based on 77 reviews, the Nikon D4S has an average user review score of 98%, whereas the Canon EOS 1D X has an average rating of 97% (based on 311 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Heavier Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X has a weight of 1.3kg, but the Nikon D4S is a 1.2kg digital camera (160g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Taller Edit
Canon EOS 1D X is 163.6mm tall. That's 7.1mm taller than the Nikon D4S (156.5mm).
More expensive by £521
The Canon EOS 1D X is £520.99 more expensive than the Nikon D4S.
Less retailers
The Canon EOS 1D X is only stocked by 2 sellers, whereas the Nikon D4S is stocked by 5 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by over one year
The Canon EOS 1D X is 14 months older than the Nikon D4S.
Expert review Rating is marginally Worse
The Canon EOS 1D X's average expert score is 89%, however the Nikon D4S's is 93% (based on 52 reviews).
User review Rating is marginally Worse
The Canon EOS 1D X's average user score is 97%, however the Nikon D4S's is 98% (based on 77 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4S has a megapixel count of 16.2MP, but the Canon EOS 1D X is an 18.1MP digital camera (1.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

17% less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4S has a total megapixel count of 16.6MP, however the Canon EOS 1D X is a 19.3MP digital camera (2.7MP more).
A bit lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D4S has a lens magnification ratio of 0.7x, whereas the Canon EOS 1D X is a 0.76x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.06x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Quite thicker Edit
Nikon D4S is 90.5mm deep, but the Canon EOS 1D X is an 82.7mm deep digital camera (7.8mm thinner).
2mm wider Edit
Nikon D4S is 160mm wide, but the Canon EOS 1D X is a 158mm wide digital camera (2mm narrower).
Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D4S has received 9 awards, the Canon EOS 1D X has received 11 awards.

Awards

11 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com: Platinum
camcorderinfo.com: Best of Year
CNET.com.au: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
hardwarezone.com.ph: Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Hot Product
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tipa.com: Technical Image Press Association Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
9 Awards
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
M3.idg.se: Recommended
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
18.1MP
BEST
16.2MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3888 x 2592
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3888 x 2592
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
BEST
 5184 x 3456
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
Full-Frame Sensor Size
36 x 24 36 x 23.9
Total Megapixel Count
19.3MP
BEST
16.6MP
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Magnesium
Dust-Resistant
 Dust-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Nikon F
 Canon EF
 Nikon F

Focusing

Auto Focus
 spot
 Spot Auto Focus
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 Spot Auto Focus
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
-2 - 18 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
61 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
Maximum ISO Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 200
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Interval
0.33s Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 WAV
 LPCM
 PCM
 WAV
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Memory Card
 CF+
 XQD
 CF+
 XQD
BEST
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Display

Screen Size
3.2" 3.2"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.76x
BEST
0.7x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
Shooting Mode
 Program
 Manual
 Program
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Vivid
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10,20
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data -3 - 1
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.3kg 1.2kg
BEST
Height
163.6mm 156.5mm
BEST
Depth
82.7mm
BEST
90.5mm
Width
158mm
BEST
160mm

Battery

Power Source
 AC
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data EN-EL18a
Shot Per Battery Charge
860 shots Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 45 0 - 40

System Requirements

Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility , Picture Style Editor Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide

Other Features

Ethernet LAN Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Technical Details

Image Processor
 2 x DIGIC 5+
 2 x DIGIC 5+
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