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

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D700

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Nikon D3100

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700.

differences

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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$262.19 vs $3,935.43
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The best price we've seen is $3,673 cheaper (15x less)
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 1,074 g
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2.1x lighter
True resolution
Slightly 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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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 67.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              D70012.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D31003,200 ISO
              D7006,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D31003 fps
              D7005 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              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

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm 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

              $707 body only

              $1,017 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Thickness Thicker
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 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 D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,309 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

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

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,000 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,521 - $2,623 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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