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

Nikon D3

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Nikon D3

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Nikon D7100

85

Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,290 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 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 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 faster 9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        15
        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
        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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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

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

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 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

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,100 body only

        $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

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

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 - $697 body only

        $549 - $647 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

        $1,444 body only

        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 D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

        Nikon D7100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $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
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $659 - $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

        Nikon D3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3S

        Nikon D3S

        Pro DSLR

        $4,995 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

        $6,744 - $6,842 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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