• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D300 advantages over Nikon D4

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    825g vs 1347g
    Lighter weight

Nikon D4 advantages over Nikon D300

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 5.50 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    24.7 vs 22.1 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,965 vs 679 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2600 vs 1000 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    7 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 37 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3S

Nikon D300
Nikon D3S
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D4
Nikon D3S
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon 1D Mark IV

Nikon D300
Canon 1D Mark IV
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D4
Canon 1D Mark IV
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D300
Canon 1DX
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D4
Canon 1DX
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D300
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D4
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D300
Nikon D4S
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D4
Nikon D4S
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
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