Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D700 vs D300S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D700
10.0
D300S
9.5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D300S
9.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D700
10.0
D300S
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D300S
9.4
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D700 vs D300S

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

Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
D300S
787 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D700
2,200 LPH
D300S
1,700 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
197 ms
D300S
225 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D700
45 ms
D300S
53 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D700
400 ms
D300S
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
5 fps
D300S
7 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D700  vs D300S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D700
12.1 MP
D300S
12.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D700
25,600 ISO
D300S
6,400 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 D700
0.72x
D300S
0.62x

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

Nikon D700
71.4 microns
D300S
30.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D700  vs D300S 

9.0
9.0
Picture control is built in, allowing customisation of colour modes, with four standard parameters that can be adjusted for colour, sharpness, tone, brightness and saturation.
Nikon D700

8.5
8.2
Compared with the 5D, the D700 has greater latitude, a better AF system, and a more modern feature set.
Nikon D700

10.0
9.0
The D700's ultra high-resolution 920,000 dot 3in LCD screen and 12 million pixel CMOS sensor have been proven in the D3, and the D700 can shoot at ISO speeds spanning an incredible ISO 100-25.
Nikon D700

Overall

9.3 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D700  vs
D300S 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 4288 x 2848
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.5x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
TIFF
RAW
NEF
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH 1,700 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH 1,750 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 51
Cross type focus points 15 15
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 147 x 123 x 77 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Thickness 77 mm 74 mm
Weight 1,074 g 938 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D700  vs
D300S 
Video None 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
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

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 922 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 95% 100%
Magnification 0.72x 0.94x
Viewfinder size 0.72x 0.62x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 7 fps
Battery life 1,000 950
Continuous shooting
7 fps, JPEG
5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 197 ms 225 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms 53 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 300 ms
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