• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D3 advantages over Nikon D7200

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.46 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,290 vs 1,333 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 4300 vs 1110 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 5.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon D7200 advantages over Nikon D3

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    14.6 vs 12.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    4 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 920k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    56 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged, weather-sealed body; Great ergonomics and loads of controls; Accurate optical viewfinder; Excellent image quality; Decent burst speed; Swift autofocus; Generous buffer depths; Superb battery life

  • Mixes plastic and magnesium-alloy panels on exterior; LCD monitor can't be tilted or swiveled; Presents a steep learning curve; No focus peaking in live view; Video mode feels a bit of an afterthought; New Wi-Fi features are rough around the edges

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7500

Nikon D3
Nikon D7500
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D7200
Nikon D7500
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D3
Nikon D7100
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • More dynamic range
  • Internal flash
Nikon D7200
Nikon D7100
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D3
Pentax K-3
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D7200
Pentax K-3
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A77 II

Nikon D3
Sony A77 II
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D7200
Sony A77 II
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon T6s

Nikon D3
Canon T6s
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D7200
Canon T6s
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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