Nikon D300

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Nikon D300

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro

Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.5 EV vs 12 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 235k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 60.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
679 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The D300 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 94%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Significantly smaller
147x114x74 mm vs 148x135x80 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              S3 Pro:930 g
              D300:925 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S3 Pro:12.1 MP
              D300:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S3 Pro:None
              D300:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S3 Pro:1,600 ISO
              D300:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S3 Pro:APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
              D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S3 Pro:20.9 bits
              D300:22.1 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S3 Pro:60.0
              D300:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S3 Pro:346 ISO
              D300:679 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S3 Pro:2.0"
              D300:3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S3 Pro:235k dots
              D300:922k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,560 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Thickness Thicker

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