Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D70s

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D70s

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Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Has live view
Live view
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D70s

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2"
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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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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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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
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 4x more detail in your photos
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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$713.00 vs $1,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,286 cheaper (2.8x less)
Size
Smaller
136×107×76 mm vs 140×111×78 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 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
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D71006,400 ISO
              D70s1,600 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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 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 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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $950 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon D70s Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,750 with 18-55mm 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

              $1,499 with 18-70mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $267 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Weight Heavier

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