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

Nikon D3S

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Nikon D3S

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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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
120 ms startup delay
 

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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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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 921k 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
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
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 83.0 vs 82.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $946.95 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $4,048 cheaper (5.3x less)
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 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 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
              D7100:300 ms
              D3S:120 ms
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 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

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,030 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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,700 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 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
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 - $1,849 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly 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

              $5,997 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 D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $7,930 - $8,213 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
              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

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