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
536 g
 
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differences

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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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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Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Size Smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.5" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 536 g vs 925 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $475.00 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,225 cheaper (3.6x less)
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              similarities

              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 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 slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D300 Competitors

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              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,549 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $380 body only

              $399 - $499 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

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

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

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