Nikon D300S

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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
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D2X

Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
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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 D2X

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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 235k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 10.9 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 59.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 787 ISO vs 476 ISO
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The D300S has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Size Much smaller 147x114x74 mm vs 158x150x86 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.57x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $1,549.00 vs $7,148.62
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The best price we've seen is $5,600 cheaper (4.6x less)
Weight Lighter 938 g vs 1,200 g
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More than 20% lighter
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D300S's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              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%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              D2X:1,200 g
              D300S:938 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D2X:3,200 ISO
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D2X:800 ISO
              D300S:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D2X:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              D300S:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D2X:None
              D300S:720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D2X:59.0
              D300S:70.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D2X:22.1 bits
              D300S:22.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D2X:476 ISO
              D300S:787 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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D2X:2.5"
              D300S:3.0"
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D2X:0.57x
              D300S:0.62x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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

              $701 - $840 body only

              $915 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $830 - $976 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 D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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 D2X Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D2X.

              Nikon D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $930 - $1,299 body only

              $1,099 - $1,399 with 28-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth

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