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

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

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Nikon D300S

67

Nikon D300S

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

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"
 
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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
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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 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 $1,597.79 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,399 cheaper (around 50% less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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 Common Weaknesses
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              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
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              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 Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,289 - $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,030 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

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $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

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

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

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality 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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