Nikon D800 vs Nikon D300s
This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D800 and Nikon D300s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.
These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.Nikon D800 were released 2012 and Nikon D300s was released 2009. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.
Type of camera
Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.
Sensors / crop factor
These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D800 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D300s has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.
|Camera||Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **|
|Nikon D800||50 mm
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
|Nikon D300s||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)
Nikon D800 has a 36,3 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:
7360 x 4912
4288 x 2848
Nikon D800 has a 196 % larger resolution than Nikon D300s. 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.
Nikon D800 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D300s. Nikon D800 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D300s has 200 to 6400.
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 D800
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D300s
Pictures per second
Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Nikon D300s can shoot up to 7 pictures per seconds.
|Camera||FPS (Frames per second)|
Ability to record movies
It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.
In this case, both Nikon D800 and Nikon D300s can shoot movies.
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 D300s weighs 938 gr (equal to 2,07 lb) which is 4% heavier than Nikon D800 and its 900 gr (or 1,98 lb).
|Nikon D800||900 gr
|Nikon D300s||938 gr