• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Advantages

Nikon D300S over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 3.95 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    950 vs 510 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 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    51 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A65 over Nikon D300S

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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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
Sony A65
Nikon D90
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

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
Sony A65
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sigma SD1

Nikon D300S
Sigma SD1
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1981
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Newer
Sony A65
Sigma SD1
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $1981
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Nikon D3200

Nikon D300S
Nikon D3200
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D300S
Nikon D5200
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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