Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

100

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Nikon D7100

83

Nikon D7100

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 675 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $946.95 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,050 cheaper (3.2x less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D7100
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 83.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.61x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 13.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7100:13.7 EV
              D800:14.4 EV
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7100:300 ms
              D800:200 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7100:24 MP
              D800:36.2 MP
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $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

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 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 - $3,030 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 - $1,849 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

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

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