Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S

Portability
96
Imaging
47
Features
32
Overall
41
Nikon Coolpix S2900 front
 
Nikon D300S front
Portability
55
Imaging
54
Features
65
Overall
58

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Key Specs

Nikon S2900
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 119g - 95 x 59 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2015
Nikon D300S
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 938g - 147 x 114 x 74mm
  • Announced November 2009
  • Succeeded the Nikon D300
  • Successor is Nikon D600
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Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and they are both produced by Nikon. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the S2900 (20MP) and D300S (12MP) and the S2900 (1/2.3") and D300S (APS-C) have different sensor sizes.

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The S2900 was introduced 5 years after the D300S which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Nikon S2900 being a Ultracompact camera and the Nikon D300S being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting into a more detailed comparison, here is a short summation of how the S2900 matches up against the D300S in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S2900 over the Nikon D300S

 S2900 D300S 
AnnouncedJanuary 2015November 2009More modern by 63 months

Reasons to pick Nikon D300S over the Nikon S2900

 D300S S2900 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S2900 and Nikon D300S

 S2900 D300S 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon S2900 provides outside measurements of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Nikon D300S has sizing of 147mm x 114mm x 74mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9") having a weight of 938 grams (2.07 lbs).

Examine the Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the S2900 against the D300S.

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S2900 and D300S is 96 and 55 respectively.

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S top view buttons comparison

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to picture the contrast in sensor sizes just by viewing specs. The pic here will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the S2900 and D300S.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The S2900 using its smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh harder and the Nikon S2900 will provide you with greater detail using its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more recent S2900 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S sensor size comparison

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S2900 Portrait photography information
Nikon D300S Portrait photography information
39
MP count decent (20MP)
provides face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
64
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon S2900 Street photography features
Nikon D300S Street photography features
59
has image stabilization (Digital)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
52
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
heavier than others (938 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S2900 Sports photography features
Nikon D300S Sports photography features
52
has image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (20MP)
provides tracking focus
good battery pack (250 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
60
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S2900 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D300S as a Travel photography camera
70
good battery pack (250 per charge)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
48
environment sealing
flash built-in
heavier than others (938 grams)
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S2900 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D300S as a Landscape photography camera
45
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (20MP)
good battery pack (250 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
65
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
two card slots
no image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S2900 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D300S as a Vlogging camera
32
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic jack
23
offers face detection focus
does have external mic socket
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
heavier than others (938 grams)
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Nikon S2900 vs Nikon D300S Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S2900 and Nikon D300S
 Nikon Coolpix S2900Nikon D300S
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S2900 Nikon D300S
Class Ultracompact Advanced DSLR
Launched 2015-01-14 2009-11-16
Physical type Ultracompact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 5152 x 3864 4288 x 2848
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW photos
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 51
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Nikon F
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.2-6.5 -
Macro focusing range 10cm -
Number of lenses - 309
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.63x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate - 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (24 fps), 320 x 240 (24 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 119 gr (0.26 lbs) 938 gr (2.07 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") 147 x 114 x 74mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 70
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 787
Other
Battery life 250 pictures 950 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL3e
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC
Card slots 1 2
Price at release $117 $1,630