Nikon D3X

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Nikon D3X

89

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Nikon D7100

85

Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Overall image quality
Great image quality
88.0
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
161 ms shutter lag
 

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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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
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Size Much smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Much cheaper $1,146.95 vs $8,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $7,852 cheaper (7.8x less)
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 765 g vs 1,260 g
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Around 40% lighter
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) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 88.0 vs 83.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.61x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag 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 Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.7 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D7100:24.2 bits
              D3X:24.7 bits
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7100:24 MP
              D3X:24.4 MP
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $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

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 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

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm 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

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,500 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 - $6,500 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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