Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D3X

Nikon D3X vs Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D3X

86

Nikon D7100

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
161 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
4400 shots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

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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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 resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger 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
136×107×76 mm vs 160×157×88 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
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$713.00 vs $6,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,282 cheaper (9.8x 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 4 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 4 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
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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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.7 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D71006,400 ISO
              D3X1,600 ISO
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $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

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,584 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $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

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              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
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $3,783 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $4,999 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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