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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Focus points
Many 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 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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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
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)
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              similarities

              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"
              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
              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 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 D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              $950 - $1,079 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

              $2,299 body only

              $3,595 with 24-120mm lens

              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

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              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              $372 body only

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 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 SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,027 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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