Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
205 lenses
Many focus points
Focus points
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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x71 mm
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.48x
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More than 60% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 64.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
787 ISO vs 535 ISO
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The D300S has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
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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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Significantly smaller
128x97x71 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
529 g vs 938 g
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More than 40% lighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
199 ms vs 225 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$422.07 vs $1,597.79
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The best price we've seen is $1,176 cheaper (3.8x less)
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D300S:12.2 MP
              DSLR-A330:10 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A330:None
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D300S:720p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A330:None
              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
              D300S:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              DSLR-A330:APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300S:70.0
              DSLR-A330:64.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D300S:22.5 bits
              DSLR-A330:22.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D300S:787 ISO
              DSLR-A330:535 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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