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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type 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"
 
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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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance 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
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
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
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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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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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 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
Thickness Thinner 2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
        2
        Thickness Thin Help
        D300S:2.9"
        DSLR-A330:2.8"
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D300S:720p @ 24fps
        DSLR-A330:None
        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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 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

        $277 body only

        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

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality 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

        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
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,100 body only

        $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Thickness Thinner
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Live view No live view
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Live view No live view

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