Nikon Z30 vs Nikon D800

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z30 and Nikon D800. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z30
Nikon D800


These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z30 were released 2022 and Nikon D800 was released 2012. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z30 Nikon 2022
Nikon D800 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Nikon Z30 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D800 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z30 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon D800 has a "FX"-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 Z30 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D800 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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


Nikon Z30 has a 21 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 Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z30 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712
Nikon D800 36,3 MP 36152320 7360 4912

Nikon D800 has a 75 % larger resolution than Nikon Z30. 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 Z30 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D800. Nikon Z30 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D800 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z30 100-51200
Nikon D800 100-25600

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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z30
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z30 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Nikon D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z30 11
Nikon D800 6

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z30 and Nikon D800 can shoot movies.


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 122% heavier than Nikon Z30 and its 405 gr (or 0,89 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z30 405 gr 0,89 lb
Nikon D800 900 gr 1,98 lb