Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D800 and Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D800
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3

Manufacturing

Nikon D800 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D800 were released 2012 and Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 was released 2009. That is a 3 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 Kiss Digital X3 Canon 2009

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 Kiss Digital X3 has a "APSC"-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 Kiss Digital X3 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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 Kiss Digital X3 has 15,1 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 Kiss Digital X3 15,1 MP 15054336 4752 3168

Nikon D800 has a 140 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3. 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 Kiss Digital X3. Nikon D800 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D800 100-25600
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 100-12800

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 Kiss Digital X3

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 Kiss Digital X3 can shoot up to 3,4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D800 6
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 3,4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D800 and Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 can shoot movies.

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.

Nikon D800 weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 73% heavier than Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 and its 520 gr (or 1,15 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D800 900 gr 1,98 lb
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 520 gr 1,15 lb