Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D300

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Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 83.0 vs 67.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,256 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 12 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 765 g vs 925 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        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
        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
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D7100:6,400 ISO
        D300:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        D7100:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        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 D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        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 significantly 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 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D7100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $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 D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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        Avatar for Chuckl8 Chuckl8 (10:43 PM, August 21, 2014)
        I own a D7100, and it does have an internal focus motor. At the top of the page, where advantages and disadvantages are listed, it implies that the D7100 does not have one.

        By the way, your site has become my first "go to" site when comparing cameras.