Nikon D100 vs Nikon D3x

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D100 and Nikon D3x. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D100 were released 2002 and Nikon D3x was released 2008. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D100 2002
Nikon D3x 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D100 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Nikon D3x has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D100 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D3x 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D100 has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3x has 24,5 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D100 6 MP
6016000 pixels
3008 x 2000
Nikon D3x 24,5 MP
24385536 pixels
6048 x 4032

Nikon D3x has a 305 % larger resolution than Nikon D100. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3x has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D100. Nikon D3x has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Nikon D100 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D100 200-1600
Nikon D3x 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D100
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3x

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D100 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3x can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D100 3
Nikon D3x 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Nikon D100 or Nikon D3x can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D3x weighs 1260 gr (equal to 2.78 lb) which is 62% heavier than Nikon D100 and its 780 gr (or 1.72 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D100 780 gr
1.72 lb
Nikon D3x 1260 gr
2.78 lb

Nikon D100 vs Nikon D3x Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D100 and Nikon D3x, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Name Nikon D100 Nikon D3x
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Release Year 2002 2008
Release Date 2002-02-21 2008-12-01
MSRP 1999 USD 7470 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 3008 x 2000 pixels 6048 x 4032 pixels
Megapixels 6 MP 24,5 MP
Image Processor EXPEED EXPEED
Image
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
ISO Range 200 - 1600 100 - 6400
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Focus Points 5 51
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 1,8 3
Screen dots 118000 920000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Frames per second 3 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 11 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Memory Card Compact Flash
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (Via Optional vertical grip or software) Yes
GPS No Yes
Optional through GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D100
Nikon D3x
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL3 lithium-ion battery
Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 4400 shots
Width 144 mm 160 mm
Height 116 mm 157 mm
Depth 81 mm 88 mm
Weight 780 gram 1260 gram