Nikon D3X

Winner
Nikon D3X

88

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Nikon D7100

84

Nikon D7100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Great image quality
Overall image quality
88.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
High true resolution
True resolution
24.4 MP
 

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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$891.92 vs $7,125.59
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The best price we've seen is $6,234 cheaper (8x less)
Weight
Much lighter
675 g vs 1,260 g
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Around 50% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
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 D3X

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4400 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 4.5x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,992 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D3X has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm 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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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
88.0 vs 83.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
161 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.7 EV
              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
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7100:24 MP
              D3X:24.4 MP
              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
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7100:6,400 ISO
              D3X:1,600 ISO
              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

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              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 body only

              $597 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

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $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
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,100 - $6,799 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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