Nikon D300 vs Canon EOS 5DS R

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D300 and Canon EOS 5DS R. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D300
Canon EOS 5DS R


Nikon D300 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5DS R is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D300 were released 2006 and Canon EOS 5DS R was released 2015. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D300 Nikon 2006
Canon EOS 5DS R Canon 2015

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D300 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 5DS R has a "FF"-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")
Nikon D300 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS 5DS R 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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


Nikon D300 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 5DS R has 51 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D300 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848
Canon EOS 5DS R 51 MP 50320896 8688 5792

Canon EOS 5DS R has a 312 % larger resolution than Nikon D300. 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 5DS R has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D300. Canon EOS 5DS R has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Nikon D300 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D300 200-6400
Canon EOS 5DS R 100-6400

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.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D300
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5DS R

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D300 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5DS R can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D300 6
Canon EOS 5DS R 5

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS 5DS R. Sadly, the Nikon D300 does not support this.


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.

Canon EOS 5DS R weighs 930 gr (equal to 2,05 lb) which is 1% heavier than Nikon D300 and its 925 gr (or 2,04 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D300 925 gr 2,04 lb
Canon EOS 5DS R 930 gr 2,05 lb