Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D3

Nikon D3 vs Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D3

92

Nikon D7100

79

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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
88 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3.

competitors

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,650 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

$5,897 body only

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$3,718 body only

Size Much smaller
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Nikon D7100 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$860 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$565 - $747 body only

$660 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$850 - $999 body only

$949 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Autofocus Faster video autofocus
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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