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

Nikon D3

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Nikon D3

93

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Nikon D7000

76

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
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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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $697 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        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 D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $749 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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

        $3,300 body only

        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

        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 D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Thickness Is thinner
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

        Nikon D3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3S

        Nikon D3S

        Pro DSLR

        $6,150 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

        $5,949 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

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $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
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 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 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,399 body only

        $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm 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 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 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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