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

Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D700

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Nikon D3100

52

Nikon D3100

Runner-up
     
 

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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm
 
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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
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 1,074 g
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2.1x lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $279.95 vs $3,329.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,049 cheaper (11.9x less)
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 Many 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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3100:3 fps
              D700:5 fps
              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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 D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $546 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Thickness Thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              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

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 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
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Significantly larger

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