Nikon Rumors has put out a good comparison chart showing the differences between Canon and Nikon’s new flagship D-SLRs, the Canon EOS 1D X and the Nikon D4. Specs-wise, the cameras look quite similar, but there are some notable differences.
Let’s talk memory cards. While the 1D X has slots for two compact flash cards, the D4 now has one compact flash slot and one of those new fancy XQD card slots. XQD, the super-fast storage technology just announced by the CompactFlash Association, is going to upset some and please others. If you need the extra read and write speeds it offers, it’s a thumbs-up upgrade. But for photographers not interested in the speed boost, it means having to spend more money on XQD cards instead of using the compact flash they already own — and since XQD is brand new tech, it ain’t cheap.
Canon fans will be happy to hear that the 1D-X is offers faster photo-capture than the D4, at 14 frames per second compared to the D4’s max of 11.
Nikon fans will be happy that their their new D4, at $6000, is $800 cheaper than the 1D-X.
You can check the whole comparison chart at Nikon Rumors.