Nikon D3S vs. Canon EOS-1D X

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Oct 14, 2009
Oct 18, 2011
 
Large SLR
Large SLR
 
4256 x 2832
5184 x 3456
3552 x 2832, 3552 x 2368, 3184 x 2128, 2784 x 1848, 2656 x 1776, 2128 x 1416, 2080 x 1384, 1776 x 1416, 1776 x 1184, 1392 x 920
4608 x 3072, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
5:4, 3:2
3:2
12 megapixels
18 megapixels
13 megapixels
19 megapixels
Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
CMOS
CMOS
Expeed
Dual Digic 5+
 
200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (100-102400 with boost)
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200 (50, 102400 and 204800 with boost)
100
50
102400
204800
12
6
Yes (4)
Yes (5)
No
No
RAW + TIFF
RAW
Fine, Normal, Basic
Fine, Normal
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
No
No
Yes
Yes
51
61
Nikon F
Canon EF
1×
1×
 
Fixed
Fixed
3
3.2
921,000
1,040,000
No
No
Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD
Clear View II TFT LCD
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical (pentaprism)
100%
100%
0.7×
0.76×
 
30 sec
30 sec
1/8000 sec
1/8000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
11.0 fps
14.0 fps
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (2 to 9 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis))
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
 
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps)
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, H.264
Stereo
Mono
None
None
 
CompactFlash (Type I) x 2, UDMA supported
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible
None
None
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
 
Yes
Yes (Mini)
 
Optional
Optional
LC-5
Yes
Yes (N3 connector)
 
Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger
4200
 
1240 g (2.73 lb / 43.74 oz)
 
160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.46)
158 x 164 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.46 x 3.27)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (by cable and PC)
Optional
Optional
GP-1
GP-E1, GPE2