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

Advantages

Nikon D300S over Nikon D5100

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • 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
    2.1 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot 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
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $879
  • APS-C
Nikon D5100
Nikon D90
  • $476
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $879
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Pentaprism viewfinder

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D300S
Canon 7D
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1281
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • 1080p
Nikon D5100
Canon 7D
  • $476
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1281
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $912
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels
Nikon D5100
Nikon D7000
  • $476
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
  • $912
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • High-res screen

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D300S
Canon T3i
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $536
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
Nikon D5100
Canon T3i
  • $476
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $536
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • Faster RAW shooting

Compared to Pentax K-500

Nikon D300S
Pentax K-500
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $585
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5100
Pentax K-500
  • $476
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $585
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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