Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D300s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 500D and Nikon D300s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 500D
Nikon D300s

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 500D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D300s is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2009.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 500D Canon 2009
Nikon D300s Nikon 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 500D has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D300s has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 500D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D300s 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 500D has a 15,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D300s has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 500D 15,1 MP 15054336 4752 3168
Nikon D300s 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

Canon EOS 500D has a 23 % larger resolution than Nikon D300s. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 500D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D300s. Canon EOS 500D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D300s has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 500D 100-12800
Nikon D300s 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 500D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D300s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 500D can shoot up to 3,4 pictures per seconds and Nikon D300s can shoot up to 7 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 500D 3,4
Nikon D300s 7

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 500D and Nikon D300s can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D300s weighs 938 gr (equal to 2,07 lb) which is 80% heavier than Canon EOS 500D and its 520 gr (or 1,15 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 500D 520 gr 1,15 lb
Nikon D300s 938 gr 2,07 lb