Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300

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Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
15
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
15
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 67.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 787 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D300S has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        51
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        15
        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%
        Thickness Thin Help
        2.9"
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Weight Heavy Help
        D300:925 g
        D300S:938 g
        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
        12.2 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        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
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D300:None
        D300S:720p @ 24fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        D300:67.0
        D300S:70.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        D300:22.1 bits
        D300S:22.5 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D300:679 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
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.62x
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D300:922k dots
        D300S:920k dots
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        D300:12 EV
        D300S:12.2 EV

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        competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 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 D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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 D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
        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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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D300.

        Nikon D300S Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D300S.

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        Avatar for Chuckl8 Chuckl8 (9:09 PM, August 21, 2014)
        Anjitha: Though your comment is two years old, I felt it necessary to address your post. The question was: "Will the D300 make a good camera to photograph weddings as a Pro?" Though not as well worded as it could be, the person asking that question was not asking if the D300s would MAKE them a pro; ... they were asking if the D300s was suitable for a pro shooting weddings. Big difference.
        On your other comments about knowing how to handle light and creativity, and that a particular camera won't help you in that regard, I strongly disagree. You could be the best shooter on the planet, working with a camera that can't handle low light and not able to use flash, and your shots will be junk in low light, not matter how creative you are. Yes, you may be able to tweak the photo in post-processing into something acceptable as a blurry, noisy piece of art, but good luck shooting an entire wedding that way.
        In other words, a good carpenter can build a house if all he or she has is a rock to drive nails, but it will take forever. The right tool/camera makes everything easier, for pro or beginner alike. Even Michelangelo couldn't work with bad clay.
         
        Avatar for Brian Nguyen Brian Nguyen (6:30 PM, April 25, 2013)
        I have used even the older model, D100, to shoot my younger sister's wedding! The D300 has more features and better build quality, and of course, suits to photograph weddings if you have good lenses, like the Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8 AF-S and the 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S and good lighting. Due to the 1.5 crop factor of the DX type camera, these lenses will become 22-36mm and 105-300mm and will be more than good enough for weddings.
         
        alwyn (7:35 AM, September 24, 2012)
        Yes, the D300s has video, but not the D300
         
        Alwyn (7:33 AM, September 24, 2012)
        I absolutely hate it when people comment on products they have never owned or used before. There are newbies who use sites such as this one for information and unfortunately base their decisions on what they read. Therefore people need to be careful when commenting. Now, I owned both the D90 and D300 and I can with absolute surety say that the D90 has dedicated buttons for ISO and WB. On the back on the left hand side you shall find a row of buttons stacked next to the screen. The second button from the bottom is marked ISO and when pressed and used in conjunction with the main command dial will allow the user to change the ISO. Similarly the button just above will act in the same way with the main command dial to change WB. On the top of the camera on the right hand side you will see an AF button. This allows you to change some AF settings in conjunction with the main or sub command dial. Thus it is simply untrue that you have to go into the camera menu to change those settings. My advice is to not take everything you read as correct and to check with other sites as well as the camera shop down the road from you to verify information. A lot of people simply comment on a product because they need to feel important and have actually never used the product they are commenting on.
         
        alwyn (8:36 PM, September 23, 2012)
        You report a difference in IQ of 67-70 between these 2 cameras yet they have the same sensor & processing unit. Both Expeed, so how can there be a 3 point difference in IQ
         
        Avatar for Anjitha Senarath Anjitha Senarath (11:11 PM, August 02, 2012)
        Will the D300 make a good camera to photograph weddings as a Pro?
        Camera doesnot make you a pro, ..... If you dont know how to handle light and bring creativity... then machine cant help you. You will become a gadget boy and eventually become a jerk ...  
         
        Avatar for Anjitha Senarath Anjitha Senarath (11:05 PM, August 02, 2012)
        D90 and D300 is two different class, D300 for professionals , has all the features on a single button press. Such as white balance , ISO, Focus system change and metering change. D90 also you can do those changes using electronic menu not by a button. What is outstanding with D300 is its focus system with 51 points which will be helping to fast and accurate focus and D300 offer fast burst rate in continuous shooting. 

        Rendering colour accuracy also higher in D300 than D90 due to D300's 3 time higher RGB sensors in its sensors. 

        D300 is magnesium alloy body with weather sealed body where d90 is plastic but bit stronger materiel than D3000 

        D90 is capable of producing video but not full HD. But D300 is not  

        D90 is very good camera for the money but D300 offer professional qualities if you know how to use them properly.
         
        Avatar for MickeyD MickeyD (11:36 PM, July 15, 2012)
        The D300s has Video?
         
        Avatar for MickeyD MickeyD (11:35 PM, July 15, 2012)
        Will the D300 make a good camera to photograph weddings as a Pro?
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:20 PM, August 02, 2011)
        Our mistake, the Nikon D300 does not record video.  We'll get that fixed up asap.
         
        sky (3:20 AM, July 31, 2011)
        I read the comparison between D90 and D300 and I didn't see any comment regarding video recording.does that means D300 is able to record video as well?