Nikon D300 vs Nikon Z fc

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D300 and Nikon Z fc. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D300 were released 2006 and Nikon Z fc was released 2021. That is a 15 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D300 2006
Nikon Z fc 2021

Type of camera

Nikon D300 is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z fc is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Nikon DX") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D300 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon Z fc 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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

Resolution

Nikon D300 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z fc has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D300 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848
Nikon Z fc 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Nikon Z fc has a 69 % larger resolution than Nikon D300. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z fc has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D300. Nikon Z fc has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D300 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D300 200-6400
Nikon Z fc 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D300
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z fc

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D300 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z fc can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D300 6
Nikon Z fc 11

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 movies and movie clips and that is Nikon Z fc. Sadly, the Nikon D300 does not support this.

Weight

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

Nikon D300 weighs 925 gr (equal to 2,04 lb) which is 108% heavier than Nikon Z fc and its 445 gr (or 0,98 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D300 925 gr
2,04 lb
Nikon Z fc 445 gr
0,98 lb

Nikon D300 vs Nikon Z fc Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D300 and Nikon Z fc, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Name Nikon D300 Nikon Z fc
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Release Year 2006 2021
Release Date 2007-08-23 2021-06-29
MSRP 1799 USD 959 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 12,3 MP 21 MP
Image Processor EXPEED EXPEED 6
Image
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
ISO Range 200 - 6400 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 12 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW+TIFF RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 51 209
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 922000 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.94 (0.63 35mm equiv.) 1.02 (0.68 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 2360000
Photography features
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Frames per second 6 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Memory Card Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (via smartphone)
GPS Yes
Optional through GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D300
Nikon Z fc
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1000 shots 300 shots
Width 147 mm 135 mm
Height 114 mm 94 mm
Depth 74 mm 44 mm
Weight 925 gram 445 gram