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

Nikon D3S vs Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D3S

100

Nikon D7100

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
3,253 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
120 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Size
Much smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 50% smaller
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your 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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Almost the same
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$896.95 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $4,098 cheaper (5.6x less)
Weight
Much lighter
675 g vs 1,240 g
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Around 50% 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 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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
120 ms vs 300 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
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
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7100300 ms
              D3S120 ms
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              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%
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 - $1,197 body only

              $1,240 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $582 - $747 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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,315 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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 D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,018 body only

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm 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 D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $790 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,327 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $5,999 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,574 - $2,678 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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

              $7,078 - $7,085 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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