Nikon D7000 or D7100

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I need to Make a Quick decision between the D7000 and the D7100. What is the difference in image quality between the two. I was looking forward to the D7100 but a bad buffer is pushing me away from it. Which one do i buy? There is also a significant price difference between the two as you can get the D7000 on sale for $620!

This is what I plan to buy -
Nikon D7000 - $619.99
Nikon 18-70mm - $288.99
Nikon 70-300mm - $509.95
Nikon 85mm Macro - $526.95

TOTAL - $1945.88

The D7100 is an additional $279.96.

Is the D7100 worth the extra? Even when considering the bad buffer?
 

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The D7100 has pretty much the SAME buffer as the D7000. The difference being that since the D7100's images are larger fewer will fit in the allocated memory. I run into the buffer limitation on my D7000 frequently and it's the one thing preventing me from purchasing a D7100.

Given a choice between the two, and if I didn't have a D7000, I'd certainly go for the D7100 for the additional resolution.
 
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The D7100 has pretty much the SAME buffer as the D7000. The difference being that since the D7100's images are larger fewer will fit in the allocated memory. I run into the buffer limitation on my D7000 frequently and it's the one thing preventing me from purchasing a D7100.

Given a choice between the two, and if I didn't have a D7000, I'd certainly go for the D7100 for the additional resolution.
The D7100 has only a 6frame buffer in RAW and shoots at only 5fps in RAW. The D7000 has a 10frame buffer in RAW and shoots 6fps in RAW
 

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The D7100 has only a 6frame buffer in RAW and shoots at only 5fps in RAW. The D7000 has a 10frame buffer in RAW and shoots 6fps in RAW
The D7100 is also a 24mp camera whereas the D7000 is a 16mp camera. That 50% increase in resolution, as I said, is a big reason that the buffer holds less and the frame rate is lower, it has 50% more data to process with virtually the same microprocessor architecture.
 
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I understand that. But the d7100's buffer is significantly lower. Due to that, it only shoots at 5fps. Thats the issue. So im considering the D7000. Which one should i buy?
 

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I can't answer the question of which you should buy. I can only state what *I* would do and I have already done that.
 
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I can't answer the question of which you should buy. I can only state what *I* would do and I have already done that.
Oh! You have a D7100? How is it? Noise performance, Dynamic range? How does it cope up while doing wildlife photography?
 

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Check the major D7100 reviews. Comparison with the D7000 is usually part of the more thorough evaluations. Have a look at Thom Hogan's views on the D7100.
 

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I had the D7000 and just upgraded to the D7100
Still learning the camera but I can give you my insight of what I already see.
Before I will tell you I want to add I had AF issues with my D7000 (which is a known issue of this camera) which were mostly resolve after a long battle but I lost my faith in this specific camera (not D7000 in general just mine).

The advantages I already saw of the D7100 over the D7000

1.Faster AF
2.Pictures sharper (but that could be because of my old D7000 issues)
3.Better dynamic range
4.Camera body lighter (about 100gr)
5.Focuses better in low light situation (The D7000 was hunting more).

If you didn't buy the D7000 already I wouldn't hesitate and get the D7100, its simply a better camera.
Bought mine for 1050$ so its about 400$ more then the D7000, I think its worth it, why buy old technology even though the D7000 is still a VERY good capable camera.

Unless you are shooting a lot of sports I wouldn't worry too much about the FPS issue and if you are shooting a lot of sport event then you are looking at the wrong cameras anyways, the D300s or its replacement (when ever that will come out) is the camera you should be looking at.
 

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If you think the D7000 is faster then the D7100 you are wrong... The specs on the D7000 are exaggerated and on the D7100 they are slighly under-rated.

I've posted this a ton before... but here it is again...

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With a fast card (Sandisk Extreme Pro) you won't notice any difference between the two cameras.... If you want a fast and long FPS then get a D300s or a D4.

The only reason to get the D7000 over the D7100 is price. The D7100 is more expensive but its also a better camera.
 

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Buffer issues aside, few(if any) reviewers who shot both cameras extensively have been dumb-struck by the IQ differences between them. 50% more pixels doesn't necessarily equal 50% better IQ.
 

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I need to Make a Quick decision between the D7000 and the D7100. What is the difference in image quality between the two. I was looking forward to the D7100 but a bad buffer is pushing me away from it. Which one do i buy? There is also a significant price difference between the two as you can get the D7000 on sale for $620!

This is what I plan to buy -
Nikon D7000 - $619.99
Nikon 18-70mm - $288.99
Nikon 70-300mm - $509.95
Nikon 85mm Macro - $526.95

TOTAL - $1945.88

The D7100 is an additional $279.96.

Is the D7100 worth the extra? Even when considering the bad buffer?

I've got a D7100 and absolutely love it but having never owned a D7000, I can't really compare the two. Personally, I would shop around for some better deals on glass and use the saving to offset the cost of buying the D7100.

Example: BHphotovideo.com is a very well respected camera store and has refurbished Nikon 70-300mm VRs in stock for $349.00. That is $150.00 savings right there.

Used Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED2161B
 

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... 50% more pixels doesn't necessarily equal 50% better IQ.
True, but when shooting birds and wildlife and cropping a lot having extra resolution in the area being cropped does help a great deal.
 

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Buffer issues aside, few(if any) reviewers who shot both cameras extensively have been dumb-struck by the IQ differences between them. 50% more pixels doesn't necessarily equal 50% better IQ.

True, and it certainly doesn't equal 50% better photographer, as some newcomers would like to think.

Realistically, while I love my D7100, the D7000 is still a superb choice of body.

One argument I have with the buffer issue is simply this; How often do most people need to shoot a constant 5-6 FPS with a buffer to match? I know I don't need that very often! The OP wants to shoot wildlife. Yes, the D7000's buffer may help, but realistically, you learn to adapt, and you shoot differently, depending on what you're using.

The D7000 had the better buffer, but the 7100 has better everything else. Its higher ISO capabilities would help considerably since you don't want to use flash on wild animals. That in itself would be my reasoning for the 7100.
 

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