Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D300 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D300

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Nikon D300

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
922k dots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.7 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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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More than 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
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 925 g
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Around 50% lighter
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D300:300 ms
        D3100:400 ms
        Thickness Thin Help
        2.9"
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D300:12.2 MP
        D3100:14.2 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        D300:6,400 ISO
        D3100:12,800 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
        D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        D3100:APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
        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
        67.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        D300:22.1 bits
        D3100:22.5 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D300:679 ISO
        D3100:919 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        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

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 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
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D300 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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 D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

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        7mgoulding7 (3:35 PM, August 27, 2011)
        Wtf d300 is obvioisly way better
         
        Chanchinkang (0:26 PM, April 08, 2011)
        D300 has better versatility and has 51 pt auto focus tracking. Speaks alot about its ability in sports or wildlife photograph.