Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D300 vs 650D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D300 vs EOS 650D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D300
679 ISO
EOS 650D
722 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D300
2,100 LPH
EOS 650D
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D300
227 ms
EOS 650D
269 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D300
57 ms
EOS 650D
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D300
300 ms
EOS 650D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D300
6 fps
EOS 650D
5 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D300  vs EOS 650D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D300
12.2 MP
EOS 650D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D300
6,400 ISO
EOS 650D
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D300
0.62x
EOS 650D
0.53x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D300
30.5 microns
EOS 650D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D300  vs EOS 650D 

10.0
8.0
I took most of my test shots in the standard 12-bit mode using mainly default settings, and I found the overall picture quality to be extremely high, with reliably perfect exposure and focusing, and of course the lens performed brilliantly.
Nikon D300

8.4
7.8
Like Canon, Nikon has a lot invested in lens-based optical-image stabilization technology, so the D300 lacks the in-body sensor-shift stabilization that Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic offer.
Nikon D300

9.0
9.0
Even now, its 10-megapixel CCD sensor can easily hold its own compared with similarly-priced rivals, and the robust build quality was - and still is - out of this world.
Nikon D300

Overall

9.2 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D300  vs
EOS 650D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 30.5 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,100 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 9
Cross type focus points 15 9
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 147 x 114 x 74 mm 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
Thickness 74 mm 78.8 mm
Weight 925 g 575 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D300  vs
EOS 650D 
Video None 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p N/A Yes
Shoots high speed video N/A No
External mic jack N/A 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video N/A Contrast detection
Autofocus type N/A Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous N/A Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 922 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.94x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 5 fps
Battery life 1,000 440
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, JPEG, 22 shots
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, RAW, 6 shots
6 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 227 ms 269 ms
Shutter lag 57 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 700 ms
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