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getitdigital review Nikon D300s and Nikon D90 Hands On Video Photographic Comparison test

July 1, 2010
This getitdigital review is part of our buying guide which is intended to assist you in making a better buying decision.
Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera BodyNikon D300s Digital SLR Camera Body

These two cameras are worlds apart in some ways. The Nikon D300s is a pro’s camera with all of the trappings that go along with that designation. The D90 is more consumer oriented and easier to use. This comparison takes the 12.3 megapixel sensors and traditional Nikon imaging quality as basis for the comparison. We compare the pictures and give you some thoughts on which you should get if you are not sure which to buy.You can check out more reviews on our blog at . Happy Shooting!


Nikon D300s

Nikon D300s Digital SLR Camera Body

The Nikon D300s SLR Digital Camera builds upon the success of the D300 by adding 720p HD Video Recording. With a 51-point autofocus system, 100% viewfinder accuracy, 7 frames per second continuous shooting, and low light sensitivity (expandable to ISO 6400), the D300s boasts a professional-grade feature set in a compact, highly durable, metal body. The 12.3 megapixel image sensor coupled with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED processor ensures ample resolution for discerning shooters with vivid, life-like color and stunning detail.

Rugged and reliable, the D300s now adds dual slots for both CompactFlash and SD/SDHC memory cards. Either card can be used for primary storage; the secondary card can be configured for overflow, mirror capture, or video recording. RAW and JPEG files can even be saved to separate cards for convenience. Images can also be copied between cards for easy sharing. With a host of new features and next-generation photo and video technologies, the Nikon D300s offers extremely high levels of performance and functionality to photo enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Key Features
12.3 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
HD Video Recording
Continuous Shooting up to 7 fps
3″ LCD
One-button Live View
Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 3200
Fast, Accurate 51-point Autofocus
1,005 Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Scene Recognition System
Dual Memory Card Slots (CF and SD/SDHC)
Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
Picture Control
Active D-Lighting
In-camera Image Editing
Rugged and Durable
100% Viewfinder Accuracy

Included in Manufacturer Box
Nikon D300s Digital SLR Camera Body
EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
MH-18a Charger
UC-E4 USB Cable
EG-D100 Video Cable
Camera Strap
DK-5 Eyepiece Shield
DK-23 Rubber Eyecup
Body Cap
Software CD-ROM
User Guide

Nikon D90

Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Body

The D90’s image sensor and 12.3 effective megapixels combine with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing to deliver outstanding images featuring fine details, smooth tones, rich colors and low noise across a wide ISO sensitivity range.

The D90 is the world’s first digital SLR camera with a movie shooting functionthat delivers genuinely cinematic results, enhanced by the creatively shallow depth of field made possible by the DX-format sensor.

The D90 also provides remarkable performance and operability, featuring Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System that advances precision in auto focus, auto exposure, and auto white balance in diverse shooting situations.

Live View mode allows shooting while confirming the subject on the large 3-in., approx. 920k-dot high-density color LCD and offers three contrast-detect AF modes to allow photographers to focus on any point in the frame, enabling a greater variety of composition.

Included in the manufacturer box
Nikon D90 digital camera body
EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
MH-18a Charger
UC-E4 USB Cable
EG-D2 Audio/Video Cable
AN-DC1 Neck Strap
BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover
BF-1A Body Cap
DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
Nikon Software CD
User Guides

Nikon D90 Features
Gives you quick response, with 0.15-second start-up, 65 ms shutter release time lag (CIPA standard) and 4.5 fps continuous shooting.

3-in., approx. 920-k dot high-resolution LCD monitor with wide viewing angle that lets you change composition of the frame during shooting from various angles and easily confirm your image during playback.

Built-in flash with 18mm lens coverage, guide number of approx. 17/56 (ISO 200, m/ft., 20°C/68°F) and Nikon’s original i-TTL flash control; works as a commander; controlling up to two groups of remote Speedlights.

Extensive playback functions offer ample options for viewing and selecting the right shot, including 72-frame playback, calendar playback and histogram display for magnified portion of the image.

Versatile Pictmotion menu creates slideshows combining five choices of both background music and image effects.

Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output

Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 Speedlight, or Wireless Close-up Speedlight System R1C1; ensures accurate exposures via i-TTL flash control.

Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective picture angle: Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels: 12.3 million
Image sensor: 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels: 12.9 million
Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data with optional Capture NX 2
Image size (pixels) 4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424
Media: SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

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