Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D300

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3100 and Nikon D300. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3100
Nikon D300

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D3100 were released 2010 and Nikon D300 was released 2006. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3100 Nikon 2010
Nikon D300 Nikon 2006

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

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

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D3100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D300 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 (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D3100 has a 14,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D300 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)
Nikon D3100 14,2 MP 14155776 4608 3072
Nikon D300 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

Nikon D3100 has a 16 % 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

Nikon D3100 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D300. Nikon D3100 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D300 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3100 100-12800
Nikon D300 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D300 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3100 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3100 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3100
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D300

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D3100 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D300 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3100 3
Nikon D300 6

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D3100. Unfortunately Nikon D300 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

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 D300 weighs 925 gr (equal to 2,04 lb) which is 83% heavier than Nikon D3100 and its 505 gr (or 1,11 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3100 505 gr 1,11 lb
Nikon D300 925 gr 2,04 lb