Nikon D300 vs Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Nikon D300

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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

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Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300.

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro

Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.5 EV vs 12 EV
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0.5 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$550.00 vs $1,648.89
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The best price we've seen is $1,099 cheaper (3x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2"
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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-stops) 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
Smaller
147×114×74 mm vs 148×135×80 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 2 f-stops 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 Pro930 g
              D300925 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S3 ProNone
              D3006,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S3 Pro12.1 MP
              D30012.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S3 Pro1,600 ISO
              D3003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S3 Pro20.9 bits
              D30022.1 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S3 Pro60.0
              D30067.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S3 Pro2"
              D3003"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S3 Pro346 ISO
              D300679 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3 Pro$550.00
              D300$1,648.89
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S3 Pro235k dots
              D300922k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,008 with 55-300mm 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

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $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

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
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              Nikon D2X

              Pro DSLR

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              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
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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

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