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Showing it's age - The double edged DX blade!
on 23 December 2012
If you're a DX user tossing up between a D300s and a D7000 then this review might be of interest at the time of writing.
After initially running in to autofocus issues with the D7000 i decided to try out a D300s, the first thing you notice with this camera is the build quality, it feels good and solid in the hand, has plenty of manual controls. The 51-point AF system is bang on, even in low light, very impressive but unfortunately thats pretty much where it ends.
The D300s really starts to shows it's age when it comes to image quality, the original Expeed chip simply cannot compete with the newer Expeed 2, something also evident with the D3000. The ISO becomes ropey above around 800 and the sensors ability to resolve shadow detail is definitely lacklustre.
Nikon seem to be dragging there heels with regards to updating the pro DX model, us DX users face a tough decision between the pro features of the D300s and the image quality and low light performance of the D7000.
Many of my image quality comparisons to the D300s have been made against my trusty D3100 and the D300s simply cannot keep up.
I would advise anybody looking to upgrade in DX world to go for a D7000, i think it offers the best compromise with many pro-ish features, or go for a lower end model like the D3100 based on your requirements. Either, will offer superb image quality over the D300s.