With the Nikon D7000 DSLR now on the market, I’ve seen quite a number of photographers around the web who can’t decide which camera to buy, the D7000, or the D300s. They’re both great cameras, but as with anything, there are specific reasons why you might want to choose one body over the other.
I own a D300 (non “s” version), I’ve had it for three and a half years, and until a few months ago, it was my main camera body. I’ve used it to shoot everything, adventure sports, landscapes, travel, people, portraits, events, and it has performed incredibly throughout it’s life. I even dropped it once. Over the years, I’ve recommended it to a number of photographers.
The only reason it’s not my main body is that I now have the D700. (I love my wide angle lenses!) I still use it as a second body and occasionally when I want to extend the length of my telephotos. Since it has the Nikon DX sensor, my 200mm lens effectively acts as a 300mm.
I have not gotten my hands on the D7000 yet, but from everything I’ve seen and read, it looks like an awesome camera body. It has a 16.2 MP DX sensor, 1024 HD video capture, high ISO capabilities and durable magnesium alloy construction. It comes in at just over 1lb. 8 oz, as opposed to the D300s, which weighs 1lb. 14 oz. Chase Jarvis posted a great D7000 road test review on his blog.
So, which one should you buy?
My answer is simple. If you’re a pro or action shooter who needs 7 fps (8 fps with MB-D10 grip), an autofocus system that’s slightly better for sports, (it has 51 AF points and 15 cross type sensors) and a few other pro features, like the 10-pin connector, then get the D300s.
Otherwise, then you should seriously consider getting the D7000.
Aside from being lighter, it has a number of brand new technologies built in, which include a higher megapixel sensor, better low light shooting capabilities, higher resolution video and 14-bit RAW capture at 6 fps. (The D300s will only shoot 14-bit RAW at 2.5 fps.)
And, it the D7000 costs about $300 less than the D300s.
The Nikon D7000 is an incredible camera that represents the latest digital imaging and ergonomic technology from Nikon. For most shooters, it will perform exceptionally well and offer everything you need to produce great photographs.
If you’re concerned with the difference in autofocus systems, consider this. Photographers shot stunning action and sports imagery with the F4, F5, F100 and D90s, and every one of those cameras had more primitive autofocus systems than the Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor, which is what Nikon built into the D7000.