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Nikon D300S vs Olympus E-PL8

The Nikon D300S and the Olympus PEN E-PL8 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in July 2009 and September 2016. The D300S is a DSLR, while the E-PL8 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on an APS-C (D300S) and a Four Thirds (E-PL8) sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 12.2 megapixels, whereas the Olympus provides 15.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Nikon D300S
versus
Olympus E-PL8
Nikon D300S   Olympus E-PL8
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Nikon F mount lenses Micro Four Thirds lenses
12.2 MP, APS-C Sensor 15.9 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
720/24p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 200-3,200 (100 - 6,400) ISO 200-6,400 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 1037k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting touchscreen
7 shutter flaps per second 8 shutter flaps per second
Lens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
Weathersealed bodynot weather sealed
950 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
147 x 115 x 81 mm, 938 g 115 x 67 x 38 mm, 357 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon D300S and the Olympus PEN E-PL8? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Nikon D300S and the Olympus E-PL8. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The E-PL8 can be obtained in three different colors (black, brown, white), while the D300S is only available in black.

Size Nikon D300S vs Olympus E-PL8
Compare D300S versus E-PL8 top
Comparison D300S or E-PL8 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus E-PL8 is considerably smaller (54 percent) than the Nikon D300S. Moreover, the E-PL8 is substantially lighter (62 percent) than the D300S. It is worth mentioning in this context that the D300S is splash and dust resistant, while the E-PL8 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. A larger imaging sensor will tend to go along with bigger and heavier lenses, although exceptions exist. You can compare the optics available for the two cameras in the Nikon Lens Catalog (D300S) and the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog (E-PL8). Mirrorless cameras, such as the E-PL8, have moreover the advantage that they can use many lenses from other systems via adapters, as they have a relatively short flange to focal plane distance.

Concerning battery life, the D300S gets 950 shots out of its EN-EL3e battery, while the E-PL8 can take 350 images on a single charge of its BLS-50 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon D300S 147 mm 115 mm 81 mm 938 g 950 Y Jul 2009 1,799 i
2.
 
Olympus E-PL8 115 mm 67 mm 38 mm 357 g 350 n Sep 2016 549 i
3.
 
Nikon D500 147 mm 115 mm 81 mm 860 g 1240 Y Jan 2016 1,999 i
4.
 
Nikon D7000 132 mm 105 mm 77 mm 780 g 1050 Y Sep 2010 1,499 i
5.
 
Nikon D3100 124 mm 96 mm 75 mm 505 g 550 n Aug 2010 599 i
6.
 
Nikon D5000 127 mm 104 mm 80 mm 590 g 510 n Apr 2009 749 i
7.
 
Nikon D60 126 mm 94 mm 64 mm 522 g 500 n Jan 2008 629 i
8.
 
Nikon D700 147 mm 123 mm 77 mm 1074 g 1000 Y Jul 2008 2,999 i
9.
 
Nikon D300 147 mm 114 mm 74 mm 925 g 1000 Y Aug 2007 1,799 i
10.
 
Nikon D2Xs 158 mm 150 mm 86 mm 1252 g 3800 Y Jun 2006 4,699 i
11.
 
Nikon D200 147 mm 113 mm 74 mm 920 g 400 Y Nov 2005 1,699 i
12.
 
Nikon D2X 158 mm 150 mm 86 mm 1252 g 3800 Y Sep 2004 4,999 i
13.
 
Olympus E-PL10 117 mm 68 mm 39 mm 380 g 350 n Oct 2019 599 i
14.
 
Olympus E-PL9 117 mm 68 mm 39 mm 380 g 350 n Feb 2018 599 i
15.
 
Olympus E-M10 III 122 mm 84 mm 50 mm 410 g 330 n Aug 2017 649 i
16.
 
Olympus E-M10 II 120 mm 83 mm 47 mm 390 g 320 n Aug 2015 649 i
17.
 
Olympus E-PL7 115 mm 67 mm 38 mm 357 g 350 n Aug 2014 599 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The E-PL8 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 69 percent) than the D300S, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Nikon D300S features an APS-C sensor and the Olympus E-PL8 a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the E-PL8 is 40 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.5 and 2.0. The sensor in the D300S has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the E-PL8 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Nikon D300S and Olympus E-PL8 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the E-PL8 offers a higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 12.2 MP of the D300S. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 3.76μm versus 5.53μm for the D300S). However, it should be noted that the E-PL8 is much more recent (by 7 years and 1 month) than the D300S, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently.

The resolution advantage of the Olympus E-PL8 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the E-PL8 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Nikon D300S are 21.4 x 14.2 inches or 54.5 x 36.2 cm for good quality, 17.2 x 11.4 inches or 43.6 x 28.9 cm for very good quality, and 14.3 x 9.5 inches or 36.3 x 24.1 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Nikon D300S has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 100-6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus PEN E-PL8 are ISO 200 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

D300S versus E-PL8 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon D300S APS-C 12.2 4288 2848720/24p22.512.2787 70
2.
 
Olympus E-PL8 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
3.
 
Nikon D500 APS-C 20.7 5568 37124K/30p24.014.01324 83
4.
 
Nikon D7000 APS-C 16.1 4928 326410800/24p23.513.91167 80
5.
 
Nikon D3100 APS-C 14.2 4608 30721080/24p22.511.3919 67
6.
 
Nikon D5000 APS-C 12.2 4288 2848720/24p22.712.5868 72
7.
 
Nikon D60 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.511.4562 65
8.
 
Nikon D700 Full Frame 12.1 4256 2832none23.512.22303 80
9.
 
Nikon D300 APS-C 12.2 4288 2848none22.112.0679 67
10.
 
Nikon D2Xs APS-C 12.2 4288 2848none22.210.9489 59
11.
 
Nikon D200 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.311.5583 64
12.
 
Nikon D2X APS-C 12.2 4288 2848none22.110.9476 59
13.
 
Olympus E-PL10 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
14.
 
Olympus E-PL9 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
15.
 
Olympus E-M10 III Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
16.
 
Olympus E-M10 II Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p23.112.5842 73
17.
 
Olympus E-PL7 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p22.712.4873 72

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the E-PL8 provides a better video resolution than the D300S. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/30p, while the Nikon is limited to 720/24p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the D300S has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the E-PL8 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the E-PL8 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the VF-4. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Nikon D300S and Olympus E-PL8 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Nikon D300Soptical Y 3.0 920 fixed n 1/8000s 7.0 Y n
2.
 
Olympus E-PL8optional n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n Y
3.
 
Nikon D500optical Y 3.2 2359 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n n
4.
 
Nikon D7000optical Y 3.0 921 fixed n 1/8000s 6.0 Y n
5.
 
Nikon D3100optical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
6.
 
Nikon D5000optical n 2.7 230 full-flex n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n
7.
 
Nikon D60optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Nikon D700optical Y 3.0 922 fixed n 1/8000s 8.0 Y n
9.
 
Nikon D300optical Y 3.0 922 fixed n 1/8000s 6.0 Y n
10.
 
Nikon D2Xsoptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
11.
 
Nikon D200optical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Nikon D2Xoptical Y 2.5 235 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
13.
 
Olympus E-PL10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.6 Y Y
14.
 
Olympus E-PL9none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.6 Y Y
15.
 
Olympus E-M10 III2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.6 Y Y
16.
 
Olympus E-M10 II2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
17.
 
Olympus E-PL7optional n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n Y

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The D300S has one, while the E-PL8 does not. While the built-in flash of the D300S is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The E-PL8 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the D300S does not have a selfie-screen.

The Nikon D300S and the Olympus E-PL8 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

The D300S writes its imaging data to Compact Flash or SDXC cards, while the E-PL8 uses SDXC cards. The D300S features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the E-PL8 only has one slot. The E-PL8 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the D300S cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon D300S and Olympus PEN E-PL8 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon D300SYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Olympus E-PL8Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Nikon D500YstereomonoYYmini3.0YYY
4.
 
Nikon D7000YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
5.
 
Nikon D3100Ymonomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Nikon D5000Ymonomono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Nikon D60Y-----2.0---
8.
 
Nikon D700Y----mini2.0---
9.
 
Nikon D300Y----mini2.0---
10.
 
Nikon D2XsY-----2.0---
11.
 
Nikon D200Y-----2.0---
12.
 
Nikon D2XY-----2.0---
13.
 
Olympus E-PL10Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
14.
 
Olympus E-PL9Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
15.
 
Olympus E-M10 IIIYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
16.
 
Olympus E-M10 IIYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
17.
 
Olympus E-PL7Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--

It is notable that the D300S has a microphone port, which is missing on the E-PL8. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Nikon D300S (unlike the E-PL8) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

Both the D300S and the E-PL8 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The D300S was replaced by the Nikon D500, while the E-PL8 was followed by the Olympus E-PL9. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Olympus websites.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Nikon D300S and the Olympus E-PL8? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Nikon D300S:

  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (950 versus 350) on a single battery charge.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in July 2009).

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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL8:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (15.9 vs 12.2MP), which boosts linear resolution by 12%.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/30p vs 720/24p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1037k vs 920k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (115x67mm vs 147x115mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 581g or 62 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (69 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 7 years and 1 month of technical progress since the D300S launch.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the E-PL8 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 10 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

D300S 10:15 E-PL8

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon D300S and the Olympus E-PL8 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the D300S or the E-PL8. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon D300S5/5+ +82/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2009 1,799 i
2.
 
Olympus E-PL8......4.5/54/5 Sep 2016 549 i
3.
 
Nikon D5005/5+ +91/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2016 1,999 i
4.
 
Nikon D70004/5..80/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 1,499 i
5.
 
Nikon D31005/5+ +72/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2010 599 i
6.
 
Nikon D5000..+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Apr 2009 749 i
7.
 
Nikon D60..80/100+ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 629 i
8.
 
Nikon D700..89/100+ +4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2008 2,999 i
9.
 
Nikon D300..+ ++ +5/54.5/5 Aug 2007 1,799 i
10.
 
Nikon D2Xs.......... Jun 2006 4,699 i
11.
 
Nikon D200..+ ++ +o.. Nov 2005 1,699 i
12.
 
Nikon D2X....+ +.... Sep 2004 4,999 i
13.
 
Olympus E-PL10....77/100..4/5 Oct 2019 599 i
14.
 
Olympus E-PL9..+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2018 599 i
15.
 
Olympus E-M10 III..+80/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2017 649 i
16.
 
Olympus E-M10 II4.5/5+ +80/1005/55/5 Aug 2015 649 i
17.
 
Olympus E-PL74/5+..5/54/5 Aug 2014 599 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Nikon D300S vs Olympus E-PL8

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon D300S Olympus E-PL8
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Nikon F mount lenses Micro Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date July 2009 September 2016
    Launch Price USD 1,799 USD 549
    Sensor Specs Nikon D300S Olympus E-PL8
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.8 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 372.88 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.4 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 12.2 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.53 μm 3.76 μm
    Pixel Density 3.28 MP/cm2 7.08 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 720/24p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 3,200 ISO 200 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor EXPEED TruePic VII
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 70 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.5 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 12.2 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 787 ..
    Screen Specs Nikon D300S Olympus E-PL8
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.63x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 1037k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Nikon D300S Olympus E-PL8
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 8 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationLens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Nikon D300S Olympus E-PL8
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Nikon D300S Olympus E-PL8
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodynot weather sealed
    Battery Type EN-EL3e BLS-50
    Battery Life (CIPA)950 shots per charge350 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm
    (5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2 in)
    115 x 67 x 38 mm
    (4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in)
    Camera Weight 938 g (33.1 oz) 357 g (12.6 oz)

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