Nikon D300 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D300

100

Nikon D3100

84

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
919 ISO
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,250 with 18-200mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Focus points Fewer focus points
Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,903 body only

$1,895 with 18-200mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

$1,759 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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Sony Alpha a7R III

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$2,898 - $3,298 body only

$3,400 with 28-70mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$637 body only

$487 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

$931 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Movie format Lower resolution movies

discussion

Nikon D300
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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.