Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70s

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.2" vs 2.0"
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More than 60% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.8 more bits of color
Overall image quality Much better image quality 83.0 vs 50.0
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Around 70% better image quality
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 130k dots
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Around 9.5x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 10.3 EV
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3.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 4x more detail in your photos
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,256 ISO vs 529 ISO
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The D7100 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D70s
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.49x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Size Smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 140x111x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D70s

Weight Lighter 679 g vs 765 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7100:6,400 ISO
              D70s:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D7100:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              D70s:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,697 body only

              $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly 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

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $844 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,908 body only

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 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 D70s Competitors

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              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 body only

              $569 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $667 with 18-200mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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