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Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000

Portability
55
Imaging
51
Features
59
Overall
54
Nikon D300 front
 
Nikon D7000 front
Portability
59
Imaging
56
Features
76
Overall
64

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Key Specs

Nikon D300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 925g - 147 x 114 x 74mm
  • Announced March 2008
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D200
  • Later Model is Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 780g - 132 x 105 x 77mm
  • Announced November 2010
  • Replaced the Nikon D90
  • Later Model is Nikon D7100
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Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Overview

Below, we will be contrasting the Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both are sold by Nikon. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the D300 (12MP) and D7000 (16MP) but they possess the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

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The D300 was released 3 years prior to the D7000 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a simple overview of how the D300 scores vs the D7000 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D300 over the Nikon D7000

 D300 D7000 
Screen resolution922k921kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon D7000 over the Nikon D300

 D7000 D300 
AnnouncedNovember 2010March 2008Fresher by 33 months

Common features in the Nikon D300 and Nikon D7000

 D300 D7000 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera, you'll need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D300 enjoys outer measurements of 147mm x 114mm x 74mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9") along with a weight of 925 grams (2.04 lbs) and the Nikon D7000 has dimensions of 132mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 780 grams (1.72 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the D300 versus the D7000.

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the D300 and D7000 is 55 and 59 respectively.

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to imagine the contrast between sensor sizing just by looking at specs. The photograph underneath should offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the D300 and D7000.

As you can plainly see, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Nikon D7000 to give greater detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older D300 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 sensor size comparison

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D300 Portrait photography details
Nikon D7000 Portrait photography details
60
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
73
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D300 Street photography highlights
Nikon D7000 Street photography highlights
56
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
58
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D300 Sports photography information
Nikon D7000 Sports photography information
56
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
weather sealing
better than average battery (1,000 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
max frames per second low (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
66
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery life (1,050 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D300 Travel photography information
Nikon D7000 Travel photography information
56
better than average battery (1,000 per charge)
weather sealing
flash built-in
MP count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
66
good battery life (1,050 CIPA)
environment proofing
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D300 Landscape photography details
Nikon D7000 Landscape photography details
64
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery (1,000 shots)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
73
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3")
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
good battery life (1,050 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D300 Vlogging info
Nikon D7000 Vlogging info
9
no video recording
29
has face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have microphone jack
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
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Nikon D300 vs Nikon D7000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D300 and Nikon D7000
 Nikon D300Nikon D7000
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D300 Nikon D7000
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2008-03-12 2010-11-30
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed Expeed 2
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 370.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 4288 x 2848 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 51 39
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Nikon F
Available lenses 309 309
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 922 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24, 25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 925 gr (2.04 lbs) 780 gr (1.72 lbs)
Dimensions 147 x 114 x 74mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9") 132 x 105 x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 67 80
DXO Color Depth rating 22.1 23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.0 13.9
DXO Low light rating 679 1167
Other
Battery life 1000 images 1050 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL3e EN-EL15
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One Two
Cost at release $1,100 $1,049