Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D7100

93

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Nikon D90

68

Nikon D90

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
83.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
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 Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,256 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 83.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 930k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life Longer battery life 950 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop 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 D90

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.61x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $689.00 vs $1,096.95
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The best price we've seen is $408 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 765 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D7100:950 shots
              D90:850 shots
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100:765 g
              D90:703 g
              Size Large Help
              D7100:136x107x76 mm
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7100:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 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
              D90:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $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
              Size Is significantly smaller
              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

              $690 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $500 - $697 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              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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              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,507 - $1,600 body only

              $2,098 - $2,100 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 D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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              Ronald (5:19 PM, October 10, 2013)
              absolutely yes
               
              Tommy c (9:04 PM, October 08, 2013)
              Will the d90 lenses fit the d7100
               
              Avatar for niko sluzki niko sluzki (4:22 PM, April 27, 2013)
              According to Nikon's tech spec http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/1513/D7100.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs ... the D7100 doesn't do 1080p60, it does 1080i60.