Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D5100

95

Nikon D300

90

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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

$310 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 - $597 body only

$519 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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

$1,286 body only

$1,899 with 18-200mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
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.