Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D800 vs 1Ds Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting


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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D800 vs EOS 1Ds Mark II

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D800
2,979 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D800
900 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,200 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D800
25.6 bits
EOS 1Ds Mark II
23.3 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon D800
14.4 ev
EOS 1Ds Mark II
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the Nikon D800  vs EOS 1Ds Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D800
36.2 MP
EOS 1Ds Mark II
16.6 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D800
25,600 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D800
23.8 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark II
52.0 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon D800  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark II 
Megapixels 36.2 MP 16.6 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912 4992 x 3328
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 23.8 microns 52.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 51 45
Cross type focus points 15 7
Supports continuous Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 4 fps 4 fps
Battery life 900 1,200
Continuous shooting
4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
4 fps


Nikon D800  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark II 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A


Size 3.2" 2"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 146 x 123 x 82 mm 156 x 158 x 80 mm
Thickness 82 mm 80 mm
Weight 1,000 g 1,500 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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