Nikon D300S vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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Nikon D300S

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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
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Weight
Light-weight
529 g

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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" 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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1.1 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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Almost the same
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 Sony DSLR-A330

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Smaller
128×97×71 mm vs 147×114×74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
199 ms vs 225 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
529 g vs 938 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$381.56 vs $1,277.89
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The best price we've seen is $896 cheaper (3.3x 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
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D300S6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A330None
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D300S12.2 MP
              DSLR-A33010 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D300S720p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A330None
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D300S3"
              DSLR-A3302.7"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300S70.0
              DSLR-A33064.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D300S22.5 bits
              DSLR-A33022.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D300S787 ISO
              DSLR-A330535 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $818 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 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

              $479 body only

              $720 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

              $1,500 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm 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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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