Nikon D4

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D4 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D7100
Battery life
Much longer battery life
2600 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
11 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 83.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Size
Much smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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2.1x smaller
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Weight
Much lighter
675 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13.1 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$996.94 vs $4,022.54
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The best price we've seen is $3,026 cheaper (4x less)
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D4:24.7 bits
              D7100:24.2 bits
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,349 - $1,497 body only

              $1,897 - $1,970 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,041 body only

              $1,099 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $547 body only

              $480 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,388 - $2,099 body only

              $2,199 - $2,399 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,100 - $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $4,887 - $4,889 with 24-70mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $899 - $999 body only

              $1,069 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
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              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $997 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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