Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Nikon D300S

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

94

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Nikon D300S

67

Nikon D300S

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
25.3 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 787 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.9 f-stops higher ISO than the D300S
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
95.0 vs 70.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 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 size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D800's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
209 ms vs 225 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
147x114x74 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,559.69 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,437 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Lighter
938 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800:200 ms
              D300S:300 ms
              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
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D800:1,000 g
              D300S:938 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D800:6,400 ISO
              D300S:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D800:25,600 ISO
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D800:921k dots
              D300S:920k dots

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,373 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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