Nikon D300

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Nikon D300

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Nikon D200

51

Nikon D200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
922k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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
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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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Overall image quality 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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Thickness Thin Help
        2.9"
        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        D200:920 g
        D300:925 g
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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 Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        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

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm 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

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

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

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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 D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $285 body only

        $427 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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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).