Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 225 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 70.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 787 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Smaller 132x105x77 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1050 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 780 g vs 938 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $749.48 vs $1,400.00
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The best price we've seen is $651 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D300S:300 ms
              D7000:400 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              D300S:51
              D7000:39
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D300S:12.2 MP
              D7000:16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D300S:3,200 ISO
              D7000:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D300S:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D300S Competitors

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

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7000.

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              Avatar for Carlos Magalhães Carlos Magalhães (6:15 PM, June 11, 2013)
              Hello, the Nikon D7000 has 2 storage slots too.
               
              Engr Omerfaoroq (9:54 PM, December 13, 2011)
              i am not great fan of body for me best body is that can run long time and fullframe is must. but lenses are something worth investing. check pixel-peeper dot com for difference between d300s and d7000. you may never see any significant difference @ same settings (ISO-SHUTTER-APERTURE).  but lenses even on same setting give clear difference i have sigma 70-200 its not even close what nikon 70-200 produces. nikon is tack sharp with double the price. for people who earn from photography they always go for nikon/canon glass.
               
              Jonyahblog (8:31 AM, October 28, 2011)
              the D300s is not exactly worse than the D7000, you have yourself a great camera :) did you see nikons latest micro release? the 40mm 2.8. extremely good lens and less than $300, if you haven't already gotten one, you might want to get on that.

              you can contact me at jonyahblog@hotmail.com if you want to talk more about photography :)
               
              Jonayhblog (8:26 AM, October 28, 2011)
              i don't think it is fair to say that the D300s is the same as the D3100, there are obvious differences in the D3100, D5100, D7000 and the D300s such as megapixel count, sensor, build quality, etc.

              also, the ISO performance of a D7000 is better than the D300s, even if you shot in RAW and lowered the pixel count and tweaked your image in post, in the end, you could do the same with an image taken with the D7000 and it'd still be better. not to say the noise on the D300s is unfavourable, it's still an amazing camera it terms of low light performance.

              and i don't understand why you're posting professional lenses on this thread, if people were tossing up between the D300s and the D7000, they probably wouldn't be going to spend $500 on a prime lens (if they even knew what that was), let alone $2000 on some fast glass. . .
               
              Billforgrace (1:36 PM, October 21, 2011)
              Thanks for the information, I have some really nice, expensive lenses.  I came from the D40, which is a great little camera to the D300S, which is much better. Hard to learn though.  I love to take micro pictures and it works out good since I'm cripple.  Again, thanks for the information.  Bill
               
              Engr Omerfarooq (10:30 AM, October 21, 2011)
              at the moment other then d3, d3s, d700 all Nikon cameras are same. because the only thing for me is how much light one sensor can capture. crop sensor takes half the light of a full frame. ISO is the quality of one sensor to work without introducing noise and for that all of them are almost same if any body feels d7000 ISO performance better than D300S (and it is) just  decrease the resolution of image on d300s and shoot in raw and import it in light room or adobe PS and do post processing there. you will get same or better noise performance. that is the technical way to reduce noise. even d90 is good camera if somebody have too much money then spend it on lenses.

              For me lenses are most important. you got to get a sharp lens with big front glass and big aperture f2.8 or less. specially above 50mm get as big aperture as possible like 'f1.2' 'f1.4' 'f1.8' 'f2.0' 'f2.8'. as for f5.6 and f6.3 are more than useless on focal lengths greater then 70mm unless you are doing macro work. 

              i would recommend these lenses if one wants to spend money as far as camera goes just buy any full frame from nikon d3,d3s or d700.


              Nikon 50mm f/1.4G (Short Telephoto)
              Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G (Wide Angle, Landscape)
              Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G (Mid Zoom, Normal use)Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II (Telephoto)Nikon 85mm f/1.4D (Head Shots) 
              for 3rd party lenses i would not give any comment just go to shop with your camera take photo of same object with both lenses. if you do not feel any difference then go ahead and buy 3rd party. check on both extremes min and max aperture and min and max focal lengths total 4 shots per lens.
               
              Joe90 (7:16 AM, September 14, 2011)
              Having said (in my previous comment) there are reasons to consider the D300s... I should add that for my needs I have considered the 2 cameras (D300s and D7000) and I'm going with the D7000, this is despite the recent price reduction on the D300s. From lots of rumours tho' there seems to be a D400 on the horizon. I'm not in too much of a rush, so come xmas 2011? my choice may change.
               
              Joe90 (6:57 AM, September 14, 2011)
              There are reasons to buy the D300s, a bit short sighted of this site to say none! Here's a few for starters... D300s has: a better body; ergodynamics; focus; metering; exposure bracketing... check out the excellent dpreview
               
              Billforgrace (4:28 PM, August 31, 2011)
              My wife and I was on the porch enjoying a semi breeze in this hot Ga. weather.   I guess the winds are coming from the storm.  Thanks for the input on my camera.  I don't know much about sensor's and things like this.  I know this camera, my D300S, is a upgrade from my D40.  I bought some nice lens and have a pretty good package.  (I think)  I like taking pictures and a Micro lens is one of the best things I bought.  Again thank you so much, you can write me at billforgrace@yahoo.com and I'll send you some of my pictures.  I'm just a beginner and trying to learn.  Thanks again, Bill
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:33 PM, August 31, 2011)
              Hey Bill, the D7000's sensor isn't much better than the D300s, and I imagine D300s has a number of advantages not mentioned in our review, for example as a pro body the D300s probably has more features available on the body as buttons, more advanced menu/customization system, a shutter rated for a higher # of actuations, etc.  
               
              Billforgrace (3:22 PM, August 31, 2011)
              Well, I guess I didn't do so good.  I thought my D300S was the best camera.  Thanks anyway.   I can't afford to upgrade any more the wife says.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:12 PM, August 31, 2011)
              Hi Bill, see the comparison above, the D7000 scores better than the D300s in DxOMark's benchmarks for high iso noise, color depth and dynamic range.
               
              Billforgrace (3:09 PM, August 31, 2011)
              So is the sensor better in the D7000 in Nikon.  The man I bought my camera from bought a 7000 Nikon,  Later, asking around someone said he really didn't upgrade, besides having more pixels. 
               
              Billforgrace (2:40 PM, August 31, 2011)
              So how does my 300s Nikon rate among camera's??  I love my camera but I'm afraid I have not learn to use it proper yet.  Thanks!
               
              Jg (10:16 AM, August 31, 2011)
              the sensor is the same as seen on Sony A55 and Pentax K-5, so nothing special from Nikon. Still, this sensor is one of the best crop sensors developed and marketed up to this moment, IMHO on par with the one featured on Canon 7d/60d/600d.
               
              Billforgrace (5:42 PM, July 02, 2011)
              Why, when you said the D300s was the outdoor beast?
               
              Billforgrace (2:24 PM, July 02, 2011)
              The new Nikon D7000 is a new generation DSLR that sits between D90 and D300s, which can be classified as an “semi-professional DSLR”. It features a brand new sensor from Nikon, which has been specifically engineered for the Nikon D7000 and possibly other upcoming cameras. The Nikon D7000 is the second camera announced this year by Nikon with the new Expeed II processor, allowing faster image and video processing up to 1080p:  Taken from the site:  http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d7000-vs-d300s
               
              Billforgrace (2:07 PM, July 02, 2011)
              Would the D7000 be an upgrade from the D300S?  I love my D300S.
               
              Maj_mike28 (8:36 AM, June 05, 2011)
              I have a question... in what category should D7000 fall into.... Entry-Level, Mid-Pro or Pro... and Kindly make same explanation on this part... because I saw it was tagged here as Entry level but some says its a Mid-pro cam... ThanksBy the way, this is a good site... this helps me comparing two bodies...
               
              Nbjdaoulis (8:50 AM, May 15, 2011)
              I own both cameras d7000 and d300s. D300s is the classic outdoor beast and D7000 is the perfect indoor camera with excellent colour accuracy. Today between the two Iwould choose D7000