Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D300

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points
Many focus points
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
83.0 vs 67.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 12 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Weight
Significantly lighter
675 g vs 925 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size
Smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$996.94 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $703 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7100:6,400 ISO
              D300:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 body only

              $900 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $896 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $856 - $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 body only

              $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $900 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              Avatar for Chuckl8 Chuckl8 (10:43 PM, August 21, 2014)
              I own a D7100, and it does have an internal focus motor. At the top of the page, where advantages and disadvantages are listed, it implies that the D7100 does not have one.

              By the way, your site has become my first "go to" site when comparing cameras.