Nikon D300S vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D300S

100

Nikon D5100

96

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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 D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,299 body only

$1,499 with 18-135mm lens

Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,025 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$629 - $679 body only

$895 with 18-140mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Thickness Thinner
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 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 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

discussion

Nikon D300S
D300S
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