Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D4 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3

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Nikon D7000

77

Nikon D7000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,290 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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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-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Much longer battery life 4300 shots vs 1050 shots
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More than 4x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 88 ms vs 238 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9 fps vs 6 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Size Much smaller 132x105x77 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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2.1x smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $701.00 vs $7,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $7,294 cheaper (11.4x less)
Weight Much lighter 780 g vs 1,300 g
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40% lighter
Thickness Significantly 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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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3:300 ms
              D7000:400 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3:12.1 MP
              D7000:16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,549 - $1,699 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $3,497 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,300 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 - $5,999 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $930 - $1,299 body only

              $1,099 - $1,399 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $870 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

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

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