• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

Advantages

Nikon D300S over Canon 7D

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.40 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More AF points
    51 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    951g vs 1467g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 22 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

Canon 7D over Nikon D300S

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • High-res screen
    307k vs 0k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • Less shutter lag
    0.131 vs 0.225 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.4 fps vs 2.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 2.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail; Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor; Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing; Fast autofocus and fast burst rate of 8 fps; Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720.

  • No dedicated AF-assist lamp (flash is used), and AF-assist adjustment is buried in the Flash Settings menu; Kit lens (28-135mm) isn't quite up to the resolving power of the 18-megapixel sensor, odd focal length for subframe DSLR; No continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Nikon D300S
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Lighter weight
  • $2149
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon 7D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1225
  • APS-C
  • $2149
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon D90

Nikon D300S
Nikon D90
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $879
  • APS-C
Canon 7D
Nikon D90
  • $1225
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $879
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $912
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels
Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
  • $1225
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $912
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More AF points

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D300S
Canon T3i
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
Canon 7D
Canon T3i
  • $1225
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony A77

Nikon D300S
Sony A77
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1438
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon 7D
Sony A77
  • $1225
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1438
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Compare Other Cameras?
  1. Welcome

    This is our newly designed camera comparison feature!

    Would you like to take a quick tour?

  2. At a Glance

    Here are a few features that give an at-a-glance view of the cameras.

  3. Purchase from our trusted partners

    Purchasing cameras (or any other products) through our trusted retailers helps support this content!

  4. Comparative Advantages

    These are what we think are the key advantages of each camera over the other.

  5. Review Excerpts

    What you see here is an excerpt of the pros and cons for these cameras from our reviews.

    You can click to see the review page for each camera, or ask us to review them if we haven’t already

  6. The Competition

    Here are some other competitors that you might be interested in.

  7. A Competitor, In Brief

    This is a brief summary of the comparison.

    Click to view the full analysis!

  8. Choose Another Matchup

    Click on a camera name or manufacturer to choose a different camera to compare.