As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D300S is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D300S's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D90 and the D7000) and Fujifilm (such as the X-T10 and the X-T1)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D300S compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 6 fps), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 400 ms) and is newer (july 2009 vs september 2008).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.71x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 17.9 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO), has much more shutter lag (225 ms vs 206 ms) and is slightly more expensive ($1,755.00 vs $1,099.00).

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year older
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D300S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D300S)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the D300 and D300S

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $465.14 vs $1,755.00

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
3 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D300S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D300S)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the D200 and D300S

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $332.24 vs $1,755.00

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
1 year older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D300S)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.62x

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D300S)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 7 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D700 and D300S

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $1,755.00
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
6 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 51
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D300S)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.9"
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D300S

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $1,755.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
10 months older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.62x

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D300S)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 7 fps
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 51
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and D300S

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
similar age
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D300S)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D300S)

  • Significantly fewer focus points: 19 vs 51
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 7D and D300S

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $1,755.00
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D300S compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.55x), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 5 fps), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 400 ms) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP) and has much more shutter lag (225 ms vs 173 ms).

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year older
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the D300S)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Professional size (147×114×74 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 703 g vs 938 g

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the D300S)

  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 51
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 7 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D90 and D300S

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.62x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Professional size (147×114×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D300S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7000 and D300S

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 51

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D300S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7100 and D300S

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 51

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
7 years newer
$309 (body only)
$395 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Professional size (147×114×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D300S)

  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 51
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.55x vs 0.62x
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D3400 and D300S

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
7 years newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much less startup delay: 200 ms vs 300 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D300S)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.62x
  • No weather sealing
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 7 fps

common strengths of the D5600 and D300S

  • Many focus points: 39 vs 51
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D300S)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D300S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and D300S

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 51

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D300S compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has a weather sealed body, records movies in 24p, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 20.2 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10
5 years newer
$522 (body only)
$400 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T10 (vs the D300S)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Mid size (118×83×41 mm) vs Professional size (147×114×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T10 (vs the D300S)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the X-T10 and D300S

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the D300S)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the D300S)

  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the E-M1 and D300S

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80
6 years newer
$493 (body only)
$616 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D300S)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D300S)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the DMC-GX80 and D300S

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
4 years newer
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the D300S)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (129×90×47 mm) vs Professional size (147×114×74 mm)
  • Much lighter: 440 g vs 938 g

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the D300S)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-T1 and D300S

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3
9 months newer
$398 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3 (vs the D300S)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (117×62×33 mm) vs Professional size (147×114×74 mm)
  • Much lighter: 297 g vs 938 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3 (vs the D300S)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-3 and D300S

  • Have external mic jacks

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
6 years newer
$1,276 (body only)
$1,174 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX8 (vs the D300S)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX8 (vs the D300S)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the DMC-GX8 and D300S

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks