The NEW Nikon D7000 or Nikon D300s ?

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jeff7id

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The new Nikon D7000 has arrived to Singapore. Just counting for days before it is available for sale at your favorite store. Sometimes, choosing between D7000 or D300s is a dilemma. Especially if you have owned D300 (s), is D7000 a worthy upgrade ?

Let's make side by side comparison.

Why do you choose or retain your D300(s) ?
1) Slightly bigger sensor: 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor (vs. 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor in D7000)
2) 51 Focus Points (vs. 39 AF points in D7000)
3) 15 cross-type sensors (vs. 9 cross-type sensors in D7000)
4) Continuous shooting rate up to 8 fps with battery grip (vs. up to 6 fps in D7000)
5) Dual slots with SD and CF card (vs. dual SD slots in D7000)
6) Better grip with bigger and more balanced body
7) Able to create TIFF file format (not available in D7000)
8) Able to choose Raw file in NEF compressed/loss-less compressed (vs. only loss-less compressed in D7000) (updated by baggiolee)
9) AF Area mode 51 points 3D tracking (vs. 39 points 3D tracking in D7000)
10) AE bracketing support 2 to 9 frames with 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps (vs. 2 to 3 frames in D7000)
11) Better built-in diopter adjustment: (-2 to +1m-1) (vs. (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1) in D7000)
12) Support wireless transmitter WT-4 (not available in D7000)
13) Support Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, EN-EL4, EN-EL4a (vs. only EN-EL15 in D7000)
Note: both D300s and D7000 support mirror-up mode (updated by DrSpock)

Why do you buy or upgrade to D7000 ?
1) Bigger Mega Pixels: 16.2 million effective pixels (vs. 12.3 million effective pixels in D300s)
2) Full HD Video: 1920 x 1080p (24fps) (vs. 1280 x 720p (24 fps) in D300s)
3) TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor (vs. 1005-pixel RGB sensor in D300s)
4) new image processing engine expeed 2 (vs. expeed 1 at D300s)
5) new autofocus with Multi-CAM 4800DX module (vs. Multi-CAM 3500DX in D300s)
6) new AF-F for subject tracking AF in movie recording (not available in D300s)
7) new custom mode U1 and U2 (not available in D300s)
8) better white balance with 2016 pixels RGB sensor and Auto2 keep warm lighting colors (vs. white balance with 1005-pixels in D300s)
9) improve picture controls with 7 levels of HUE adjustment (vs. 5 levels in D300s)
10) new flash sync mode: fill flash (not available in D300s)

Conclusion, D300s is and still better in term of camera specifications.
 

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jeff7id

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In my opinion, D7000 is not an upgrade for the owner of D300(s), better to wait for the upcoming D300s replacement, or upgrade to full frame body.

IMHO :)
 

DrSpock

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D7000 may be a step higher than D90 but it is still ranked below D300s regardless of whatever new specs it may contain. It may have replaced D90 as the top enthusiast cam where as D300s is semi-pro level

MUP mode is also available on the D7000 located at the double dial
 

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wmayeo

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applies to me only... the only <WOW> factor is the D7000 video, it works leh! Detect faces and auto focus.
 

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The huge advantage that D7000 has is high ISO IQ. This overrides many bells and whistles that is offered by D300s.
 

shelomoh

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You already have a detail study done. So what features are important and crucial to you? Only you yourself will know. If I were in your shoes. I will wait for D400 (or whatever). Cos I really need all those features that D300(s) has that D7000 doesn't have. I need high ISO too but less crucial, don't need high MP at all. Don't do video.
 

Redantckc

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I am sitting on the fence too.
Like D300s 51 AF but like D7k weight. Other features i don't care much. But I cannot wait for D400.
Price is almost same. So need more bro to tell me if the 2k metering, better processor and ISO performance between both make any difference. .
My vote is still on D7k and both still a good upgrade from my 3 years old D40x.
 

kennynah

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i think realistically, it will have to be a few short weeks before anyone will have some concrete idea on how good Expeed2 processing speed really is and if the 2K metering works wonders. The high and useable ISO should be clear now with several pictures shot at 6400 and abv appearing to be of good quality... if you go to that iso level in the first place.

just a reminder that the promotion for D300s will end on 31oct; ie, this sunday... tkfoto ($2050 w/gst) has no stock, j316 has stock but they are closed on sundays, alan photo shd have stock (S$2070 w/gst), cathay also has stock ($2150 w/gst), parisilk has stock ($2129 w/gst)

so, if u want the 50/1.8d, 2 x 8GB SD cards and a simple nikon cam bag, yor receipt date must be no later than 31Oct2010...

my ordeal officially ended this afternoon when i made that decision and bought the D300s... :) love the feel and handling... i can live with lower video capability...i'm not printing poster banners....and i guess, i can wait that extra millisec for digital processing ..and i believe i will wana spot meter most times...:D and i dun wana wait for D400.... never ends...

I am sitting on the fence too.
Like D300s 51 AF but like D7k weight. Other features i don't care much. But I cannot wait for D400.
Price is almost same. So need more bro to tell me if the 2k metering, better processor and ISO performance between both make any difference. .
My vote is still on D7k and both still a good upgrade from my 3 years old D40x.
 

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well, the only reason why i dream of upgrading my 5-year-old d70 is because of the high ISO capability of d7k.. i think i will not use the video function much..
but i still like the fps and bracketing of d300.. so..:dunno:
 

baggiolee

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The new Nikon D7000 has arrived to Singapore. Just counting for days before it is available for sale at your favorite store. Sometimes, choosing between D7000 or D300s is a dilemma. Especially if you have owned D300 (s), is D7000 a worthy upgrade ?

Let's make side by side comparison.

Why do you choose or retain your D300(s) ?
1) Slightly bigger sensor: 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor (vs. 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor in D7000)
2) 51 Focus Points (vs. 39 AF points in D7000)
3) 15 cross-type sensors (vs. 9 cross-type sensors in D7000)
4) Continuous shooting rate up to 8 fps with battery grip (vs. up to 6 fps in D7000)
5) Dual slots with SD and CF card (vs. dual SD slots in D7000)
6) Better grip with bigger and more balanced body
7) Able to create TIFF file format (not available in D7000)
8) Able to choose Raw file in NEF compressed/loss-less compressed (vs. compressed in D7000)
9) AF Area mode 51 points 3D tracking (vs. 39 points 3D tracking in D7000)
10) AE bracketing support 2 to 9 frames with 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps (vs. 2 to 3 frames in D7000)
11) Better built-in diopter adjustment: (-2 to +1m-1) (vs. (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1) in D7000)
12) Shooting mode: mirror-up mode (not available in D7000)
13) Support wireless transmitter WT-4 (not available in D7000)
14) Support Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, EN-EL4, EN-EL4a (vs. only EN-EL15 in D7000)

bro, i think D7000 can choose looseless compressed.

Taken from nikon.com.sg

D7000 File Format:
NEF (12 or 14-bit lossless compressed or compressed RAW), JPEG (Baseline-compliant); MOV movie (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression format with Linear PCM sound; Stero sound with external microphone)
 

jeff7id

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bro, i think D7000 can choose looseless compressed.

Taken from nikon.com.sg

D7000 File Format:
NEF (12 or 14-bit lossless compressed or compressed RAW), JPEG (Baseline-compliant); MOV movie (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression format with Linear PCM sound; Stero sound with external microphone)
That's good news for D7000. Thanks for the clarification :)
 

jeff7id

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D7000 may be a step higher than D90 but it is still ranked below D300s regardless of whatever new specs it may contain. It may have replaced D90 as the top enthusiast cam where as D300s is semi-pro level

MUP mode is also available on the D7000 located at the double dial
And Mirror Up mode also available on the D7000. :embrass:
 

mayurs74

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thanks for this thread, it has given more confidence in my already taken decision.
bought my new stallion D300s yesterday from Alan Photo for 2065 SGD.
and guys let me tell you that sturdy and balanced body with more weight worked as an edge over D7k atleast for me.:thumbsup:
I am loving it.
Happy snapping.
 

soeypixels

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i owned the d700 and if i am gg to get a 2nd body for my work
i will choose the d300s

i am not a fanboy of all those specification but rather
1) use the same battery
2) use the same memory card + SD
3) use the same MBD 10
4) similar button placement - no need to learn new things :bsmilie:
 

jeff7id

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i owned the d700 and if i am gg to get a 2nd body for my work
i will choose the d300s

i am not a fanboy of all those specification but rather
1) use the same battery
2) use the same memory card + SD
3) use the same MBD 10
4) similar button placement - no need to learn new things :bsmilie:
Agree with you.
While choosing the model, also need to consider which accessories are still compatible and which ones aren't.
The new vertical grip and battery type for D7000 are a bit downturn for me.

How good the High ISO quality in D7000 is, it's still cropped sensor, same with D300s.

D300s promotion will end this 31 October 2010 ! :gbounce:
 

gnohz

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Personally, I think the D300/D300s owner would be better off with a full frame if he or she is looking for an upgrade, or the D300s replacement if there is one :D
 

jeff7id

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In my opinion, for the older camera user who don't own D300(s) or FX camera, it's recommended to directly upgrade to D300s rather than D7000.:)
 

kentwong81

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I still think that D300s is the king of DX even after D7000 is released.
I believe D7000 will be forgotten after the replacement of D300s is announced next year.
 

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I think the d300s is suitable for people who have bigger hands that need a bigger grip. I prefer the ergonomics of a smaller camera, since i dont have huge hands. The d300s would suit people who love shooting sports, or need lots of convenient controls located outside menus.
 

s1221ljc

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I gaved up the D300 for the D90 becos I believe & find the IQ of D90 better. So I will choose the D7000 over the D300s too from what I've seen so far, and for the superb Video too. Carrying a big gun doesnt make me feel any more powerful ha ha :)
 

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