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 light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
89.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Low light performance Significantly 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
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 83.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 11 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size 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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size Much smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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2.1x smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 13.1 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Much lighter 765 g vs 1,340 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $1,096.95 vs $5,949.00
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The best price we've seen is $4,852 cheaper (5.4x 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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              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
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,440 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 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
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,549 - $1,600 body only

              $2,001 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,200 - $2,499 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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              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 Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,200 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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