Nikon D3X vs Sony W800

Portability
51
Imaging
70
Features
65
Overall
68
Nikon D3X front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 front
Portability
96
Imaging
47
Features
29
Overall
39
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Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Nikon D3X vs Sony W800, one is a Pro DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Nikon and Sony. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the D3X (25MP) and W800 (20MP) and the D3X (Full frame) and W800 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The D3X was revealed 6 years prior to the W800 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Nikon D3X being a Large SLR camera and the Sony W800 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the D3X scores against the W800 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Key Specs

Nikon D3X
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1260g - 160 x 157 x 88mm
  • Released February 2009
  • Previous Model is Nikon D2Xs
Sony W800
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.4) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 55 x 21mm
  • Launched February 2014
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Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and size. The Nikon D3X has got outside dimensions of 160mm x 157mm x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5") along with a weight of 1260 grams (2.78 lbs) whilst the Sony W800 has specifications of 97mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you use at that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the D3X and the W800.

Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the D3X and W800 is 51 and 96 respectively.

Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to imagine the gap in sensor measurements merely by viewing technical specs. The visual here will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the D3X and W800.

As you have seen, each of these cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The D3X having a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Nikon D3X will provide you with greater detail with its extra 5 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older D3X will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3X Portrait photography features
Sony W800 Portrait photography features
82
you can focus manually
great megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
39
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3X as a Street photography camera
Sony W800 as a Street photography camera
58
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proof
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (125g)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3X Sports photography advice
Sony W800 Sports photography advice
72
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
great megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
weather proof
better than average battery pack (4,400 per charge)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3X as a Travel photography camera
Sony W800 as a Travel photography camera
64
better than average battery pack (4,400 shots)
weather proof
great megapixels (25MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
70
lighter than others (125g)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3X Landscape photography features
Sony W800 Landscape photography features
78
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
great megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proof
better than average battery pack (4,400 shots)
two card slots
no image stabilization
42
really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
no manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3X Vlogging info
Sony W800 Vlogging info
9
can't shoot video
33
really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
lighter than others (125g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic jack
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Nikon D3X vs Sony W800 Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Sony
Model
Nikon D3X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800
Class
Pro DSLR
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2009-02-19
2014-02-13
Body design
Large SLR
Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by
Expeed
-
Sensor type
CMOS
CCD
Sensor size
Full frame
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 24mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
861.6mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
25MP
20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
6048 x 4032
5152 x 3864
Max native ISO
1600
3200
Max enhanced ISO
6400
-
Min native ISO
100
100
RAW images
Min enhanced ISO
50
-
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
51
-
Cross focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mount
Nikon F
fixed lens
Lens focal range
-
26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
-
f/3.2-6.4
Number of lenses
309
-
Focal length multiplier
1
5.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
2.7 inches
Resolution of screen
920k dot
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology
Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentaprism)
None
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
-
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
-
Features
Min shutter speed
30 secs
2 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter speed
5.0fps
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
-
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
3.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
1/250 secs
-
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
-
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
None
1280x720
Video data format
-
AVI MPEG4
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Optional
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
1260g (2.78 pounds)
125g (0.28 pounds)
Dimensions
160 x 157 x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5")
97 x 55 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
88
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
24.7
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
13.7
not tested
DXO Low light score
1992
not tested
Other
Battery life
4400 pictures
-
Form of battery
Battery Pack
-
Battery model
EN-EL4a
NP-BN
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec, custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Compact Flash (Type I or II) x 2, UDMA
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
2
Single
Price at release
$3,000
$90