Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D3100

50

Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Significantly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 1,074 g
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2.1x lighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,303 ISO vs 919 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D3100
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 67.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D700's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D700's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D3100:14.2 MP
        D700:12.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D3100:3,200 ISO
        D700:6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D3100:3 fps
        D700:5 fps
        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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $556 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 D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 - $1,097 body only

        $1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,300 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $834 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 - $849 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Thickness Thicker

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $3,597 with 24-120mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,354 - $1,360 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,630 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Focus points Many fewer focus points

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