As shown in the Nikon D800 vs Leica S2 comparison, the D800 can hold its own in medium format territory in terms of resolution. But it also does superbly well in color and dynamic range (probably superior to some medium format there), and is superior with moiré.
Actual performance differences for real images depend more on technical excellence in making the images, and the actual lenses used.
Where the D800 stands out:
- High ISO performance.
- Choice of anti-aliasing filter or not.
- Faster shutter speeds.
- Live View with high-res LCD.
- Outstanding color and dynamic range.
- Autofocus speed.
- Huge range of available lenses, lenses as fast as ƒ/1.2.
- Accessories, flash, etc.
- Low cost.
- Future improvements all but assured (the money you save will buy you the next 2 or 3 Nikon camera models!).
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