Nikon D4 Vs Canon 1D X

Nikon has introduced the D4, its latest professional flagship DSLR equipped with 16MP sensor , this full-frame camera is capable of shooting at 10 frames per second with full auto focus. Besides host of ergonomic improvements, the D4 Nikon significantly improved its video capabilities, to the level that Nikon is describing it as a ‘multi-media DSLR.’ Below is a comparison between its rival Canon 1DX and D4.

Nikon D4Canon 1DX
Body typeSingle-lens reflex digital cameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)Canon EF mount
Effective pixels16.2 Million18.1 Million
Total pixels16.6 Million19.3 Million
Image sensor36.0 × 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)36 mm x 24mm
Dust-reduction system1. Image sensor cleaning (vibrating optical low pass filter)
2. Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)
1. Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
2. Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
Image size (pixels)• FX format (36×24): 4,928 × 3,280 (L), 3,696 × 2,456 (M), 2,464 × 1,640 (S)
• DX format (24×16): 3,200 × 2,128 (L), 2,400 × 1,592 (M), 1,600 × 1,064 (S)
• FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4,928 × 3,280 (L), 3,696 × 2,456 (M), 2,464 × 1,640 (S)
• DX format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3,200 × 2.128 (L), 2,400 × 1.592(M), 1,600 × 1,064 (S)
(1) Large: (5184 x 3456)

(2) M1: (4608 x 3072)

(3) M2: (3456 x 2304)

(4) Small: (2592 x 1728)

(5) RAW: (5184 x 3456)

(6) M-RAW: (3888 x 2592)

(7) S-RAW: (2592 x 1728)
File format1. NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
3. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fne (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
1. RAW (14-bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW
Picture Control SystemStandard
Custom Picture Controls
User Defined 1-3
Storage mediaCard Slot 1 - XQD
Card SLot 2 - CF card (Type 1, UDMA compliant)
*Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
Dual CF Cards (Type I or II , UDMA 7)
*1. Standard -Select one of the CF cards to record.
2. Auto switch card
3. Record separately
The same image is saved to both cards, but in a different size
4. Record to multiple
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0,
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format),
Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3,
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0,
Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3,
ViewfinderEye-level penta-prism single-lens reflex viewfinderEye-level pentaprism
Frame coverage• FX (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
• 1.2× (30×20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
• DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
• 5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.7× (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eye point18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of eyepiece lens)20mm (At -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)
Diopter-3 to +1 m-1-3.0 to +1.0 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing gridInterchangeable
Reflex mirrorQuick returnQuick-return half mirror
Depth-of-field previewWhen Pv button is pressedEnabled with depth-of-field preview button
Shutter typeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutterVertical-travel, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV,
X-sync at 1/250 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec.,
X-sync at 1/250 sec
Flash sync speed1/250 s or slower1/250 s or slower
Release modesS (single frame),
CL (continuous low speed),
CH (continuous high speed),
Q (quiet shutter-release),
MUP (mirror lock up)
High-speed continuous,
Low-speed continuous,
Silent Single Shooting
Frame advance rate10 fps (CL)
10 to 11 fps (CH)
Super High-speed: Maximum 14 shots/sec.

High-speed: Maximum 12 shots/sec.

Low-speed: Maximum 3 shots/sec.
Exposure meteringTTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approx. 91,000 pixels252-zone metering with approx. 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor and TTL maximum aperture metering employed.
Metering method• Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses)
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm
• Spot: 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
• Evaluative metering (
• Partial metering(TBA)
• Spot metering(TBA)
• Center-weighted average metering
Metering range• Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 to 20 EV
• Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
EV 0 - EV 20
Exposure modesProgram (P)
Shutter-priority auto (S)
Aperture-priority auto (A)
Manual (M)
Program AE (Shiftable),
Shutter-priority AE,
Aperture-priority AE,
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EVManual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector(1) Auto AE lock
(2) Manual AE lock
ISO sensitivityStandard ISO range - 100 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
ISO 50 to ISO 204800 selectable
Auto ISO sensitivity control available
Basic ISO 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Extension settable: ISO 50; 102,400 and 204,800
Active D-LightingAuto,
Extra high +2/+1, high, normal,
Low or off
AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection,
Fine tuning,
51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
Detection range-2 to +19 EV___
Lens servo• Autofocus (AF):
-Single-servo autofocus (AF-S);
-Continuous-servo autofocus (AF-C);
-Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
• Manual focus (M):
-Electronic rangefnder can be used
• Autofocus
-One-Shot AF

-Predictive AI Servo AF

 -AI Focus AF
• Manual focus (MF)
Focus point51 or 11 focus points61-point AF

*One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8,
10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4,
15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)
AF-area modesSingle-point AF,
9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF,
auto-area AF
1. Single-point AF
2. Auto selection 61-point AF

3. Single-point Spot AF
4 .AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: up, down, left, and right)

5. AF point expansion

6. Zone AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo autofocus) or by pressing the center of the sub-selectorAvailable
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approx. 91K (91,000) pixels is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400E-TTL II autoflash
Flash modesFront-curtain sync,
Slow sync,
Rear-curtain sync,
Red-eye reduction,
Auto FP high-speed
*Depends on external flash
Flash compensationAvailableAvailable
Sync terminalISO 519 sync terminal with locking threadProvided
White balanceAuto (2 types),
Fluorescent (7 types),
Direct sunlight, cloudy, shade,
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored),
Color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K)
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,
Tungsten Light,
White Fluorescent Light,
Color Temperature setting
Live view modesLive view photography (quiet or silent)
Movie live view
Still photo and video recording
Silent Shooting
Live view lens servo• Autofocus (AF)
Single-servo autofocus (AF-S)
full-time servo autofocus (AF-F)
• Manual focus (M)
AF-area modesFace-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
•Quick mode (61- Point Phase-difference detection AF)

•Live mode/Face detection Live mode (One-Point Contrast detection AF, switching to another point possible)
Face detection Live mode (Contrast AF, Face Selectable)

•Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)Same as Live View Shooting
Movie meteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensorReal-time Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Frame size (pixels) &
frame rate
• 1,920 × 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
• 1,920 × 1,080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p
• 1,280 × 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
• 640 × 424; 30p, 25p Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
all options support both high and normal image quality
• 1920 x 1080: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps

• 1280 x 720: 60 fps / 50 fps

• 640 x 480: 30 fps / 25 fps
File formatMOVMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video CodingH.264
Audio formatLinear PCMLinear PCM
Audio deviceBuilt-in monaural or external stereo microphone
Sensitivity adjustable
Internal monaural microphone
External stereo microphone jack available
ISO sensitivityAutomatically adjusted from ISO 200 to 12800 or ISO 200 to Hi 4___
Maximum length29 min. 59s
(20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
29 min. 59s
921000 dot
TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle,
100% frame coverage,
Automatic brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
1.04 million dots
170° viewing angle,
100% frame coverage,
7 levels provided
USBHi-Speed USBHi-speed USB
HDMI outputType C mini-pin HDMI connector
can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Available (Mini)
Audio inputStereo 3.5-mm jackStereo mic input
Audio outputStereo 3.5-mm jack__
10-pin remote terminalTo connect remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS deviceOptional GPS with GP-E1
EthernetRJ-45 connectorRJ-45 connector
Peripheral connectorFor Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/DFor WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter
BatteryOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18One LP-E4N or LP-E4
Dimensions (W × H × D)6.3 × 6.2 × 3.6 in.6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in.
WeightApprox. 1,180 g / 2 lb 9.6 oz (camera body only)
Approx. 1,340 g / 2 lb 15.3 oz with battery and XQD memory

Canon EOS 1Dx High ISO performance and VIDEO check here

Nikon D4 Brochure


Nikon D4 High ISO performance

ISO – 25,400

ISO – 50,800

ISO – 101,600