Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D4

Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3

93

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Nikon D7100

84

Nikon D7100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Much smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$896.95 vs $7,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $7,098 cheaper (8.9x less)
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
83.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Much lighter
675 g vs 1,300 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4300 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 4.5x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,290 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D3 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
88 ms vs 251 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
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
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $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 much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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