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

Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 
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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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Size Much smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $1,096.95 vs $7,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,898 cheaper (7.3x less)
Weight Much lighter 765 g vs 1,300 g
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More than 40% 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 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 Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              100%
              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
              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $668 - $1,257 body only

              $878 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,509 - $1,697 body only

              $2,098 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
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,200 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,549 - $1,908 body only

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $500 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon D3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,200 body only

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

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,949 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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