Updated (August, 2010): Compare the Nikon D300 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D300

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Nikon D3000

43

Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
922k dots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Weight
Light-weight
485 g
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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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 11.1 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 679 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The D300 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 262 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Size Significantly smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Weight Much lighter 485 g vs 925 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.5" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Thickness Thin Help
        D300:2.9"
        D3000:2.5"
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        D300:12.2 MP
        D3000:10 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        D300:6,400 ISO
        D3000:3,200 ISO
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D300:3,200 ISO
        D3000:1,600 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
        D300:67.0
        D3000:62.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        D300:22.1 bits
        D3000:22.3 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D300:679 ISO
        D3000:563 ISO

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        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 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
        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
        Thickness Is thicker
        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 D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        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 D300 Competitors

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        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

        Nikon D3000 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Focus points Fewer focus points

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