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Factsheet                    D300  pictures
Availability YES
Megapixels 12.3 CMOS
List Price £1300 Body, Feb 08
Introduced   Late 2007
Specification See below on this page
Instruction Manual D300 Brochure [360K PDF]
28p Brochure (4.06MB)
D300 Manual [15.5MB PDF]

D300 Digitutor at Nikon Japan

Thinkcamera D300

ephotozine D300  D300 preview

Photography Blog D300

D300 review at DigialRev

D300 review at CameraLabs

D300 video tour at CameraLabs

D300 preview by Ken Rockwell

D300 Review Diary at OutbackPhoto

D300 review at PopPhoto

D300 review at DCResources

D300 review by Andy Rouse

D300 review by Scott Kelby

D300 review by Shun Cheung

The Nikon D300 by Dave Black

D300 review at ImagingResource

D300 review by Mark Dickson

MB-10 Grip for the D300 by Mark Dickson

D300 review at CNET

D300 review at TrustedReviews

D300 review at DigitalCameraReview

D300 review at PocketLint

D300 review at Shutterbug

D300 review by Thom Hogan

D300 review at DPReview

D300 review at LetsGoDigital

D300 review at PhotographyREVIEW.com

D300 review by Romulo Lubachesky

D300 review at DigitalCameraInfo

D300 review at GoodGearGuide

Chick Harrity
James Markus

Test Runs

D300 field test in Antarctica  - PhotographyBLOG

D300 sample photos by Henry Wong (real photos, not test samples)

D300 Digital SLR Test: Sample Image Gallery at DigitalReview.ca


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Nikon D300, D200, D40 and Canon 5D High ISO Comparison by Ken Rockwell


Main features (from Nikon)

  • All-new 12.3 effective megapixel Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with integrated A/D converter and the increased bit precision of selectable 14-bit NEF (RAW) output
  • Incorporates Nikon's original EXPEED digital image processing concept
  • Nikon's original Scene Recognition System greatly improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance
  • New 51-point autofocus system features 15 cross-type sensors that maximize the potential of lenses with apertures as small as f/5.6
  • Viewfinder with approx.100% frame coverage and large approx.0.94 magnification (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)
  • Rapid 8 fps*1 or 6 fps*2 continuous shooting for up to 100 shots*3*4
  • New Picture Control System for image finishing optimized to match individual preferences
  • Quick response of 0.13 sec. power-up and 0.045 sec. shutter release time lag*5
  • Two liveview modes enable shooting while confirming subjects in the LCD monitor
  • Magnesium alloy body for light weight and rugged durability
  • 3-inch LCD with 920,000-dot (VGA) resolution and a 170° ultra-wide viewing angle
  • Active D-Lighting optimizes tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights
  • Shutter speeds ranging from 1/8,000 to 30 s for full creative control
  • Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 extends shooting capability, enhances stability, and provides the further shooting potential of added controls
  • Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL flash control and full support for Nikon's Creative Lighting System
  • Support for the Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (optional) enables direct cable-free image transfer to a compatible computer
  • Includes Nikon’s Software Suite software for easy control over image adjustment and management
  • Supported by Nikon Capture NX software (optional), to explore the extensive potential of NEF (Nikon Electronic Format)

    *1 When using AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
    *2 When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
    *3 NORMAL – LARGE image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash 1 GB card
    *4 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
    *5 When shooting in JPEG, TIFF or 12-bit NEF (RAW) formats

Our Note

  • A spectacular camera, our first choice out of the range, its what we both now use for most of our photography.
  • No downside to this camera, but you do need to have training to get the benefits it provides.

Specification (from Nikon)

Effective pixels 12.3 million
Image sensor CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format
Image size 4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
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
Storage media CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), Microdrive
LCD monitor 3-in., approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Exposure metering 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering
Exposure modes 1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
3) Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
4) Manual (M)
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Power sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, 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, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)
Weight Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover


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