Nikon D300S vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D300S

97

Nikon D5100

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300S.

competitors

Nikon D300S Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$899 body only

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Overall image quality Better image quality
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,999 with 18-135mm lens

Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$661 body only

$1,097 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$395 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
True resolution Higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$471 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$485 - $597 body only

$494 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag

discussion

Nikon D300S
D300S
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