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Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000

Portability
55
Imaging
52
Features
65
Overall
57
Nikon D300S front
 
Nikon D7000 front
Portability
59
Imaging
56
Features
76
Overall
64

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Key Specs

Nikon D300S
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 938g - 147 x 114 x 74mm
  • Launched November 2009
  • Succeeded the Nikon D300
  • Replacement is Nikon D600
Nikon D7000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 780g - 132 x 105 x 77mm
  • Revealed November 2010
  • Previous Model is Nikon D90
  • Successor is Nikon D7100
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Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Overview

In this write-up, we are reviewing the Nikon D300S versus Nikon D7000, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both of them are created by Nikon. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the D300S (12MP) and D7000 (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The D300S was launched 12 months prior to the D7000 and they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the D300S matches up against the D7000 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D300S over the Nikon D7000

 D300S D7000 

Reasons to pick Nikon D7000 over the Nikon D300S

 D7000 D300S 
RevealedNovember 2010November 2009Newer by 12 months
Display resolution921k920kCrisper display (+1k dot)

Common features in the Nikon D300S and Nikon D7000

 D300S D7000 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon D300S has got outer dimensions of 147mm x 114mm x 74mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9") and a weight of 938 grams (2.07 lbs) while the Nikon D7000 has measurements 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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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the D300S against the D7000.

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the D300S and D7000 is 55 and 59 respectively.

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to picture the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by checking a spec sheet. The pic here may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the D300S and D7000.

As you can see, each of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You should anticipate the Nikon D7000 to give greater detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos far more aggressively. The more aged D300S is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 sensor size comparison

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D300S Portrait photography information
Nikon D7000 Portrait photography information
63
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
73
focusing manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D300S Street photography highlights
Nikon D7000 Street photography highlights
52
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (938 grams)
58
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon D300S
Sports photography with Nikon D7000
59
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
supports phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
66
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery pack (1,050 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D300S Travel photography info
Nikon D7000 Travel photography info
48
weather proofing
built-in flash
more heavy than competitors in class (938g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
66
great battery pack (1,050 CIPA)
weather proof
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D300S Landscape photography highlights
Nikon D7000 Landscape photography highlights
65
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
has dual storage slots
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
73
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3")
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
great battery pack (1,050 CIPA)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D300S Vlogging factors
Nikon D7000 Vlogging factors
22
features face detection focusing
comes with external microphone jack
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
more heavy than competitors in class (938g)
29
has face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic port
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon D300S vs Nikon D7000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D300S and Nikon D7000
 Nikon D300SNikon D7000
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D300S Nikon D7000
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2009-11-16 2010-11-30
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed Expeed 2
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 370.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 4288 x 2848 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Max enhanced ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 51 39
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Nikon F
Amount of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.64x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (24 fps), 320 x 240 (24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24, 25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 938 gr (2.07 lb) 780 gr (1.72 lb)
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 70 80
DXO Color Depth rating 22.5 23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 13.9
DXO Low light rating 787 1167
Other
Battery life 950 photos 1050 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL3e EN-EL15
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Two Two
Cost at release $1,630 $1,049