Nikon D300S vs Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

More storage slots
Storage slots
2
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300S.

competitors

Nikon D300S Competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$600 - $697 body only

$997 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,100 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,220 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$966 with 55-300mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Color depth Better color depth
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,220 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,997 body only

$2,567 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Significantly thicker

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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?