Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D80

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Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Size
Really small
Professional size 132x103x77 mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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 Much lower noise at high ISO 1,256 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D7100 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Overall image quality Much better image quality 83.0 vs 61.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen 3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
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Around 5.5x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.5 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 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $569.00 vs $946.95
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The best price we've seen is $378 cheaper (around 40% less)
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 668 g vs 765 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7100:300 ms
              D80:500 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100:765 g
              D80:668 g
              Size Large Help
              D7100:136x107x76 mm
              D80:132x103x77 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7100:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D7100:Contrast detection
              D80:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly 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
              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,697 body only

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

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              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
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $667 with 18-200mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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