Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D800

99

Nikon D7000

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D7000
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
95.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
209 ms vs 238 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 13.9 EV
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Size
Significantly smaller
132×105×77 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$479.00 vs $2,285.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,806 cheaper (4.8x less)
Weight
Lighter
780 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D80014.4 EV
              D700013.9 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800200 ms
              D7000400 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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              David Weir (2:21 AM, January 15, 2014)
              Nikon d800 for £ 1,280 show me where :p needs corrected!
               
              Avatar for Stefano Stefano (0:37 PM, September 29, 2013)
              Yuo can't compare tese 2 cameras 2 different worlds!! Complytly non The dame
               
              Siem (1:33 PM, March 24, 2012)
              he's talking about the photos per second you can take, which is 'only' 4.
               
              Theworlock (3:53 AM, March 23, 2012)
              what are you talking about the are better the D800 is 30 fps and the d7000 only does 24 fps max at 1080p
               
              Dqkm268 (5:15 AM, February 22, 2012)
              You mean D7000 not D700 right?
               
              Mayukh Dasgupta (8:10 AM, February 13, 2012)
              i would hav bought a d800 only if its fps hav been better.the rest r all very good(better than d7000)
               
              Basil76 (9:57 AM, February 10, 2012)
              Its not fair to compare these 2 cameras...and if you do, the D700 is fantastic value at a third of the price of the D800 !