Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Nikon D300

94

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Thickness Thinner
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$367 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,291 body only

$1,899 with 18-200mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Focus points Slightly fewer focus points

discussion

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Ww0000ww (7:31 AM, June 01, 2012)
i have a d5100 , it's perfect. no limits at all. but its small size make yo think why this camera beat many many cameras like d300 d90 and many more... but the truth is that this camera is a genius creation in a entry level DSLR body case. 
 
Cmc_keith (3:41 AM, August 25, 2011)
I own the D300s and I just can't see how the D5100 would even come close to the full-frame and extensive features of the D5100.  I agree that this might not be an apples to apples comparison.  The ability to plug in flash lights, manually save settings for specific locations or settings and the robust control over the shooting settings; in my opinion, make the D300s the clear standout.