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Advantages of the Nikon D200

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Slightly cheaper
$1,299.99 vs $1,639.09
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Low light performance
Much 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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 64.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D200270 ms
              D300S225 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D20010 MP
              D300S12.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D200583 ISO
              D300S787 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D2002.5"
              D300S3"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D2001,600 ISO
              D300S3,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D200230k dots
              D300S920k dots
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D200None
              D300S720p @ 24fps

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              D200147×113×74 mm
              D300S147×114×74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D200$1,299.99
              D300S$1,639.09
              Weight Light weight Help
              D200920 g
              D300S938 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D20011
              D300S51
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.62x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D2005 fps
              D300S7 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D200340 shots
              D300S950 shots

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