• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200

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Differences

Nikon D90 advantages over Nikon D300S

  • Higher effective ISO
    977 vs 787 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D300S advantages over Nikon D90

  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    51 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 50D

Nikon D90
Canon 50D
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon D300S
Canon 50D
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D300S
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A500

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D300S
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D90
Canon 7D
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D300S
Canon 7D
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Sigma SD1

Nikon D90
Sigma SD1
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1979
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Newer
Nikon D300S
Sigma SD1
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
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