Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 1D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 1D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D800
Canon EOS 1D

Manufacturing

Nikon D800 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D800 were released 2012 and Canon EOS 1D was released 2001. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D800 Nikon 2012
Canon EOS 1D Canon 2001

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D800 has a "FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 1D has a "APSH"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D800 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 1D 65 mm (a Canon APS-H sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.3)

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

Resolution

Nikon D800 has a 36,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D has 4,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D800 36,3 MP 36152320 7360 4912
Canon EOS 1D 4,1 MP 4060672 2464 1648

Nikon D800 has a 790 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D800 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D. Nikon D800 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS 1D has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D800 100-25600
Canon EOS 1D 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D800 6
Canon EOS 1D 8

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D800. Unfortunately Canon EOS 1D does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

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

Canon EOS 1D weighs 1585 gr (equal to 3,49 lb) which is 76% heavier than Nikon D800 and its 900 gr (or 1,98 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D800 900 gr 1,98 lb
Canon EOS 1D 1585 gr 3,49 lb