Nikon D300S

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Nikon D2X

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Many focus points
Focus points
51
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D2X

Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
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 D2X

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 10.9 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 235k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
Size
Much smaller
147x114x74 mm vs 158x150x86 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.57x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,597.79 vs $6,249.64
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The best price we've seen is $4,652 cheaper (3.9x less)
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
Weight
Significantly 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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D2X:None
              D300S:720p @ 24fps
              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
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D2X:0.57x
              D300S:0.62x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D2X:2.5"
              D300S:3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D2X:235k dots
              D300S:920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 D2X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D2H

              Nikon D2H

              Pro DSLR

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm 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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