Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D3 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D3 vs Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D3

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Nikon D7000

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
88 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Storage slots
More storage slots
2

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4300 shots vs 1050 shots
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More than 4x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,290 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The D3 has a slight edge (1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
88 ms vs 238 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Much smaller
132×105×77 mm vs 160×157×88 mm
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2.1x smaller
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$479.00 vs $4,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $4,520 cheaper (10.4x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Weight
Much lighter
780 g vs 1,300 g
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40% lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3300 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D312.1 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

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

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,584 - $1,997 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,250 body only

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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              Paul (3:42 PM, November 24, 2014)
              wow where can I find a D3 body for 883,51 euro