• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Nikon D300S over Nikon D5100

  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    950 vs 660 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More AF points
    51 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5100 over Nikon D300S

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD screen; same sensor and processing as the Nikon D7000; good speed and battery life; in-camera HDR and filter effects; Full HD video capture with aperture control; audio levels control and external microphone jack.

  • AF-S lens mount doesn't offer autofocus with screw-drive lenses; popup flash isn't the greatest; no built-in wireless flash control; HDR function doesn't microalign source images.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D90

Nikon D300S
Nikon D90
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic Jack
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon D5100
Nikon D90
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic Jack
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D300S
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5100
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • External Mic Jack
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D3100

Nikon D300S
Nikon D3100
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • More pixels
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C

Compared to Sony DSLR-A560

Nikon D300S
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D5100
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sigma SD1

Nikon D300S
Sigma SD1
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1981
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Newer
Nikon D5100
Sigma SD1
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1981
  • APS-C
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
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