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

Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

100

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Nikon D7100

83

Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 12 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Much lighter 765 g vs 1,240 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $1,096.95 vs $6,249.99
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The best price we've seen is $5,153 cheaper (5.7x less)
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 83.0 vs 82.0
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Almost the same
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 D3S

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 3,253 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D3S has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D7100
Battery life Much longer battery life 4200 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 4.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 251 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3S's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D3S's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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
              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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly 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

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 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

              $1,549 - $1,600 body only

              $1,997 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,572 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              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

              $720 - $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

              $930 - $1,299 body only

              $1,285 - $1,299 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 D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,949 - $5,997 body only

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $7,999 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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