Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

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Nikon D3000

34

Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Weight
Light-weight
485 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Size Much smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Much lighter 485 g vs 780 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $299.00 vs $624.95
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The best price we've seen is $326 cheaper (2.1x less)
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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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
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The D7000 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D3000
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.1 EV
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2.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 238 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D3000:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3000:10 MP
              D7000:16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              D7000:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3000:None
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $761 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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