Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D300S

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D300S

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D300S

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
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 D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%

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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
83.0 vs 70.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 787 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
675 g vs 938 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
136×107×76 mm vs 147×114×74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$713.00 vs $1,277.89
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The best price we've seen is $565 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
225 ms vs 251 ms
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More than 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
              230 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              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
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D71006,400 ISO
              D300S3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $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 D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7100.

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,500 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth

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              Avatar for Kresten Bruun Kresten Bruun (0:06 PM, October 11, 2013)
              The Nikon D7100 HAS a


              Built-in focus motor


              Autofocuses with more lenses
























              just like D300/s and a lot of other Nikon cameras ...