Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Nikon D7000 vs D3100: Is it an upgrade option?

Do you have the Nikon D3100 and are thinking about upgrading to a more advance camera body or do you just have to choose to buy either the Nikon D7000 or the Nikon D3100. Look here to see the difference.

Here is what is better in the Nikon D7000:

  • The sensor is a little bit bigger, but it isn't much and the performance according to Dxomark is a great deal better in the Nikon D7000, so you will get a camera that will produce better images
  • The Nikon D7000 has a second card slot, so you can store more images/videos without backing up to a computer or you can just make a backup as you take the image to the other memory card
  • The viewfinder in the Nikon D7000 is bigger and you get to see 100% of the picture you take. This makes it more comfortable to take pictures
  • The Nikon D7000 can use older non AF-S lenses with autofocus working, where in the Nikon D3100 you just get the right exposure and have to focus manually. Remember that you can find a lot of good bargains going for some of the older Nikon gems
  • The Nikon D7000 can shoot at 1/8000 which is faster than the Nikon D3100 with 1/4000, but I doubt you ever will need this speed
  • The Nikon D7000 can shoot at 6 frames per second which is the double of the Nikon D3100 with 3 frames per second. This is important if you shoot action or wildlife pictures as it just might be the picture frame that captures your subject perfectly
  • The metering engine in the Nikon D7000 is better, so in dark or difficult light situations there is a higher chance of getting a picture that is exposed just right with the perfect amount of light to the picture
  • It is possible to use exposure bracketing with the Nikon D7000, which is a great feature that often is used in hard light situations, so you shoot maybe 3 frames with different exposure and later you can choose the picture that you think have the right exposure.
  • The ISO can be pushed to ISO 25600, which is one step higher than the Nikon D3100 and the performance at high ISO is also better
  • The autofocus engine in the Nikon D7000 is a lot better than the one in the Nikon D3100, so it will be easier to get a sharp picture
Here is what is better in the Nikon D3100:
  • The body is smaller and lighter, but the difference isn't that big
The Nikon D7000 is a great upgrade option from Nikon D3100. You get a lot of great features that will make it more fun to be a photographer and the images that you get out of the camera should be better and more sharp. If you haven't gotten any of the camera the price difference of $500 (February 2013) is a lot, so you have to consider if those extra features that you get in the Nikon D7000 is something you need or you can settle with the Nikon D3100.

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