Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S

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Nikon D200

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Nikon D200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D200

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 $1,597.79
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The best price we've seen is $849 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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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 920k dots vs 230k dots
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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 12.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 64.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 950 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
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
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 787 ISO vs 583 ISO
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The D300S has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 225 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
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D300S's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              D200:920 g
              D300S:938 g
              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
              D300S:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D200:3,200 ISO
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D200:1,600 ISO
              D300S: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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D200:None
              D300S:720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D200:64.0
              D300S:70.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D200:22.3 bits
              D300S:22.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D200:583 ISO
              D300S:787 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D200:$749.00
              D300S:$1,597.79
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.62x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D200:2.5"
              D300S:3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D200:230k dots
              D300S:920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,049 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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