Monday 15 April 2013

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D300S: What is the difference?

Are the Nikon D7100 really an upgrade from the Nikon D300S. Lets take a look at the differences.
On a lot of the features we will look at the seems like that the Nikon D7100 might be an upgrade from the Nikon D300S, but you can't get a clear answer from Nikon as there might be some hints that there is a higher DX model coming, which are the true upgrade for the Nikon D300S. The most noticeable missing piece in the Nikon D7100 is the small memory buffer that seem to indicate that a higher model is coming.

Here is what is better in the Nikon D7100:
  • The sensor is a lot better in the Nikon D7100, so it just should be able to noticeable difference in the pictures you take with the Nikon D7100. You get bigger image files with the Nikon D7100, which puts a greater demand on your storage options.
  • The ISO can be pushed a lot higher with the Nikon D7100. So this is one of the areas where you will see the biggest improvement, which is great when you take pictures at night without a flash.
  • The sensor has a 1.3x crop factor mode, which lets you crop the pictures at the time you take the pictures, which is a nice option, but you can do the same with the Nikon D90 on you computer when you are editing the pictures
  • The metering module in the Nikon D7100 uses more information to get the right exposure , so in hard light situations there is a greater chance of getting a picture with the right exposure, but the difference isn't that big.
  • The video options is a lot better than in the Nikon D300S. A lot has happened since Nikon D300S were introduced in the video options, so you will get a camera that is a lot better in this department both in term of control options and movie quality.
Here are some of the reasons why the Nikon D7100 isn't an upgrade
  • The frame per second is a couple of shoots higher with the Nikon D300S, so if you shoot action or wildlife pictures you really should keep the Nikon D300S.
  • The memory buffer in the Nikon D300S so you will be able to shoot a lot more pictures with the Nikon D300S in burst mode than with the Nikon D7100.
  • And then there are many small details where the Nikon D300S just edges out the Nikon D7100 like how many frames can be shoot in bracketing and more.
If you are are a Nikon D300S user then the Nikon D7100 isn't really an upgrade option unless you want to settle on less features in some situations. You get a camera in the Nikon D7100 that is about 80% of the features that the Nikon D300S has, but you get a new camera where the out of the images has increased a lot. If it is OK for you to have some less abilities in your camera then this might just be the camera for you otherwise you have to look at full frame or hope that Nikon produces a model above the Nikon D7100 as the true upgrade path from the Nikon D300S.

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