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

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D800

101

Nikon D7100

85

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
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
Weight
Light-weight
675 g
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

differences

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
Significantly 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
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$996.94 vs $2,416.98
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The best price we've seen is $1,420 cheaper (2.4x less)
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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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.61x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7100:13.7 EV
              D800:14.4 EV
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7100:300 ms
              D800:200 ms
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              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
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $856 - $999 body only

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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,389 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 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 - $3,921 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

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 - $897 body only

              $897 - $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

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              tania (2:19 AM, December 17, 2014)
              Jessica E Catino
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              Date of Birth 07/02/91