Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D7100

93

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Nikon D80

35

Nikon D80

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Size
Really small
Professional size 132x103x77 mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

differences

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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
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
$545.00 vs $896.95
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The best price we've seen is $352 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7100:300 ms
              D80:500 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100:675 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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $439 - $497 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

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 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

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly 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

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier

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