Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D5100

65

Nikon D300

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$417 body only

$350 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$514 body only

$520 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
True resolution Higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$971 with 55-300mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$519 body only

$1,220 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
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

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.