• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D300S advantages over Nikon D7200

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 5.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Nikon D7200 advantages over Nikon D300S

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,333 vs 787 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.6 vs 12.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Newer
    7 years vs 13 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    56 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
  • 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 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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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged construction; 51-point AF system capable of sophisticated AF tracking; Large, bright optical viewfinder; 7 fps JPEG or 12-bit RAW burst mode; HD Video capture.

  • 14-bit RAW mode slows continuous shooting from 7 fps to 2.7 fps; Somewhat slow AF for a camera at this level, especially in 51-point auto-area mode; Video capture tops out at 720p24.

  • Rugged, weather-sealed body; Great ergonomics and loads of controls; Accurate optical viewfinder; Excellent image quality; Decent burst speed; Swift autofocus; Generous buffer depths; Superb battery life

  • Mixes plastic and magnesium-alloy panels on exterior; LCD monitor can't be tilted or swiveled; Presents a steep learning curve; No focus peaking in live view; Video mode feels a bit of an afterthought; New Wi-Fi features are rough around the edges

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7500

Nikon D300S
Nikon D7500
  • $1671
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Dual card slots
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon D7200
Nikon D7500
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Canon 50D

Nikon D300S
Canon 50D
  • $1671
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • More pixels
Nikon D7200
Canon 50D
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D300S
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1671
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D7200
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sigma SD1 Merrill

Nikon D300S
Sigma SD1 Merrill
  • $1671
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
Nikon D7200
Sigma SD1 Merrill
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter

Compared to Sony A77 II

Nikon D300S
Sony A77 II
  • $1671
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D7200
Sony A77 II
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
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