Canon EOS D30 vs Nikon D800

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS D30 and Nikon D800. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS D30 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D800 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS D30 were released 2000 and Nikon D800 was released 2012. That is a 12 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS D30 2000
Nikon D800 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS D30 has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D800 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS D30 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D800 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS D30 has a 3,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D800 has 36,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS D30 3,1 MP
3110400 pixels
2160 x 1440
Nikon D800 36,3 MP
36152320 pixels
7360 x 4912

Nikon D800 has a 1062 % larger resolution than Canon EOS D30. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D800 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS D30. Nikon D800 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS D30 has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS D30 100-1600
Nikon D800 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.
Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS D30 do not work with Canon EF-S lenses but this is also shown at our compatibility charts.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS D30
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS D30 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS D30 3
Nikon D800 6

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D800. Sadly, the Canon EOS D30 does not support this.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D800 weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 5% heavier than Canon EOS D30 and its 855 gr (or 1,88 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS D30 855 gr
1,88 lb
Nikon D800 900 gr
1,98 lb