Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
83.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 4x more detail in your photos
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.49x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
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
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
Size Slightly smaller 136x107x76 mm vs 140x111x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D7100:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              D70s:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 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

              $629 - $769 body only

              $848 - $948 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 D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,150 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,478 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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,521 - $1,600 body only

              $2,025 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Nikon D70s Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $974 body only

              $1,475 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

              $749 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $392 - $427 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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