Nikon D300

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Nikon D300

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Nikon D200

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Nikon D200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D200

Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$749.00 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $951 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1000 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
67.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 270 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
679 ISO vs 583 ISO
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The D300 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              D200:200 ms
              D300:300 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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D200:920 g
              D300:925 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D200:10 MP
              D300:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D200:3,200 ISO
              D300:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D200:1,600 ISO
              D300:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D200:64.0
              D300:67.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D200:22.3 bits
              D300:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D200:583 ISO
              D300:679 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.62x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D200:5 fps
              D300:6 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D200:2.5"
              D300:3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D200:230k dots
              D300:922k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D200:11.5 EV
              D300:12 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,516 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D200.

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D300.

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              discussion

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              Avatar for Robert K. Tsisey Robert K. Tsisey (11:40 AM, December 19, 2013)
              Great camera's, but preferred the D300 than D200. NIKON camera's are the best so far. Keep the good work up. Well Done.
               
              Alan (6:31 PM, June 12, 2013)
              I own both the Nikon D200 and the D300 and I find that there is a certain look to the colour from the D200 which I find more pleasing than almost any DSLR that I've tried and I have tried out all of the high end Canon and Nikon cameras including the Canon 5D mark II (a great camera).