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Nikon D300

Nikon D300
Nikon D300
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  • 12.3 mp DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • 6 fps, and up to 8 fps with the optional MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack
  • ISO 200 to 3200 extendable up to 6400
  • 51-point AF with 3D Focus Tracking
  • Two LiveView shooting modes, Hand-held or Tripod
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
Nikon D300

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A new 12.3-megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor combined with Nikon's exclusive digital image processing system advances DX-format image quality to all new levels

The 3.0-inch super density 920,000-dot VGA color monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection makes critical image review possible

Continuous shooting up to 6 frames per second, and up to 8 frames per second* with the new optional MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack, makes the D300 a powerful performer for a wide variety of shooting disciplines
* When using the EH-5a AC Adaptor or the MB-10 Multi-Power Battery Pack with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-on En El3e

Fast, accurate 51-point autofocus with 3D Focus Tracking and three Dynamic AF modes deliver exacting autofocus precision at blazing speeds

Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System (SRS), with an improved 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, provides even more intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with smarter auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance

Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System with self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit minimizes degradation of image quality due to dust particles

Two LiveView shooting modes, Hand-held or Tripod is perfect when shooting in a studio, remote situations or from challenging angles

New Picture Control settings give photographers dramatically advanced color control with 4 preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, as well as 9 customizable settings

Rugged magnesium-alloy construction, advanced dust and moisture protection and a durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles make the D300 a perfect choice for photographers who demand high performance and handling agility

Reviews

"There’s no denying the Nikon D300 is a highly capable DSLR which will delight enthusiasts and satisfy the demands of pros looking for a backup or ‘budget’ body. Certainly no-one does ergonomics like Nikon and despite a handful of annoyances, it’s also the most feature-packed DSLR of its class. But there’s also no denying it’s also comfortably more expensive than many rivals while not delivering significantly better image quality. Indeed in the case of the Sony A700, the image quality is essentially the same. If you’re after a big step-up in image quality from the Nikon system, you’ll need to look at the D3."

Post date: 12/11/2010 - 00:00

"My biggest problem writing this conclusion has been picking out the D300's weak points. The usefulness of Live View would certainly be improved with an articulating LCD monitor (although I'm sure Nikon would argue that this could compromise the integrity of the body), auto white-balance is poor in artificial light (although this isn't anything unique to the D300) and there's still no true mirror lock-up feature. But really, these few niggles are really the only things we could pick out as criticism."

Post date: 23/08/2010 - 00:00

"Auto ISO is still partially defective in manual exposure mode. It doesn't automatically deactivate when you go to manual exposure! You have to go to the menus to turn it off in manual exposure, otherwise the D300 tries its best to screw with your manual exposures. The D300 needs an additional menu option labeled "Deactivate Auto ISO during Manual Exposure?"

Post date: 23/07/2010 - 00:00
Mike Johnston writes one of the best articles of the year, on the subject of the "big three" of this season. Do not buy any of these cameras until you read it: "The ultimate in image quality: Belongs to the Sony A900. That's assuming you're someone who knows how to use it and is willing to use it as it's intended to be used—it's not perfect for every style of work. But between its staggering resolution and very good dynamic range, its willing response to the Exposure and Recovery sliders, and its more "photographic" image quality (more on this later) and lack of digital artifacts—and despite its
Post date: 18/12/2008 - 09:30
Nice and extensive review, covering some aspects that a lot of the more technical reviews tend to overlook:
Post date: 13/09/2008 - 11:00
From the preview:
Post date: 13/09/2007 - 05:42

Specifications

Release Date: 
08/2007
DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
22.1bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
12.0Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
679 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
Nikon DX format CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Effective Pixels: 
12.3 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
13.1Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
3:2
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Sensor has dust removal: 
No
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
No
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
EXPEED Image Processing System
Lenses
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Focal Length details: 
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Lens Zoom: 
-
Max Aperture: 
-
Min Aperture: 
-
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), Microdrive
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPUlenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used)
3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selectedfocus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range Details: 
1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20?C)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
-5, +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
Shutter Type : 
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter,
Shutter Speed: 
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, Bulb
Shooting Modes: 
1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
3) Aperture Priority Auto [A]
4) Manual [M], Live View
Drive Modes: 
1) Single frame [S] mode
2) Continuous low speed [CL] mode: 1 to 7*1 frames per second
3) Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 8 frames per second*1, 6 frames per second*2
4) Liveview [LV] mode (Hand-held shooting mode, Tripod shooting mode)
5) Self-timer [ ] mode
6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode*1. When using AC Adaptor EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 withbatteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e*2. When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e(When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M]exposure modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster with other settings at default)
Continuous Shooting Details: 
Max.6.0/0.8fps. (speed maintained for up to 100 images (JPEG), 2.5fps 14bit NEF
Self Timer : 
2 to 20 seconds duration
ISO Sensitivity: 
ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200 and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
1)Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
2)Presets (seven) with fine tuning *
3)Manual presets (four)
4)Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
5)White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
White Balance Personal: 
Yes
White Balance Bracketing: 
2 to 9 frames in increments 1~3
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module
AF System Points: 
51 points
AF System Points Details: 
51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
AF Working Range Details: 
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible
AF Modes: 
Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Predictive AF: 
Yes, (3D-tracking)
AF lock : 
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF Assist Beam : 
Yes
AF Fine Adjustment: 
Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder Monitor Type: 
Optical Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage Details: 
Approx. 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Details: 
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Eyepoint Details: 
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Dioptre Correction : 
-2.0 to +1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Focusing Screen : 
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Information: 
1)Focus indicator
2)Metering mode
3)Auto exposure lock
4)Flash value (FV) Lock
5)Flash sync indicator
6)Shutter speed
7)Aperture stop indicator
8)Aperture (f-number / number of stops)
9)Exposure mode10)Electronic analog exposure display / compen.
11)Flash compensation indicator
12)Exposure compensation indicator
13)ISO / Auto ISO indicator
14)ISO sensitivity
15)Exposures remaining / buffer / exp. value
16)Thousands indicator
17)Flash-ready indicator
Grid: 
On demand
Depth of Field Preview: 
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Yes
Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Live View Autofocus: 
Yes, Focal plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
3-in.low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD
Resolution Details: 
approx. 920,000-dot (VGA)
Tiltable Monitor: 
Yes
Coverage: 
100% frame coverage
Brightness: 
brightness adjustment
Viewing Angle: 
170-degree wide viewing angle,
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Flash Hotshoe Details: 
ISO 518 Standard hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided - ISO 519 standard terminal
Built in Flash: 
Yes
Flash Modes: 
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensorBuilt-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
Flash Xsync: 
X=1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 s (FP) adjustable with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)
Flash compensation: 
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes Red-eye Reductionand Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync
Guide Number: 
(ISO 200, m): approx. 17 (manual 18)(ISO 100 equivalent, m): approx. 12 (manual 13)
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
Still Image Format: 
NEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW)
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
Movie: 
-
Movie Format: 
-
Movie Length: 
-
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user.
Histogram: 
RGB histogram
Playback Zoom: 
Yes
Menu Languages: 
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional),
Dutch, English, Finnish,
French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Polish, Portuguese,
Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Software: 
Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2
Accessories
Lenses: 
1) DX AF Nikkor: All functions possible
2) D-/G-type AF Nikkor (excluding IX Nikkor lenses): All functions possible (excluding PCMicro-Nikkor)
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range findercan be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperturevalue display supported if user provides lens data
Flashes: 
SB 910, SB-900, SB-800, SB 700, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200
Battery Grip: 
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
Hi-Speed USB
Other Conection Interface: 
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available, Supports HDMI version 1.3a;
Type A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.
Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
PictBridge
Power Source
Power Source: 
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
Battery Life: 
1,000 shots (CIPA) 3,000 shots (Nikon Standard)
AC Power: 
AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Magnesium alloy
Weather Sealing Details: 
Yes
Width: 
147mm
Height: 
114mm
Depth: 
74mm
Weight: 
Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
OperatingEnvironment: 
0-40?C/32-104?F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)

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