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Nikon D300 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexContinuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon D300 Assessment

The Nikon D300 is a tough high-end DSLR from Nikon which features a 12 megapixels sensor and a fast drive mode which runs at 6 FPS alone or at 8 FPS when paired with an optional battery grip. The D300 is clearly aimed at advanced photographers with a highly customizable interface and a viewfinder with 100% coverage.

The closest competition to the D300 is the Sony Alpha A700
Sony Alpha A700
which also has a 12 megapixels sensor, a 920K pixels 3" LCD and an almost-as-fast continuous drive (5 FPS). Although the D300 is noticeably more expensive, it gives access to Nikon's lens lineup which is currently more extensive than Sony's. On the other hand, the Alpha A700 features built-in stabilization which greatly reduces the total cost of ownership and provides opportunities not available to the D300.

The Canon EOS 40D and Pentax K20D
Pentax K20D
can also be considered competition. Compared to the D300, the 40D is a much simpler and less customizable camera. The K20D has a very rich feature set, including built-in image stabilization, full weather-seals, excellent ergonomics and a 14.6 megapixels sensor. The only two areas where the K20D is lacking are the viewfinder (covers 95%) and shooting speed (2.8 FPS).

The bottom line is that, while no camera is perfect, the Nikon D300 is a solid performer with nothing that lets it down. Its main weakness is that it is close to the street price of the full-frame Canon EOS 5D which belongs to another category entirely.

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PROS CONS
Excellent image details until ISO 800 Defaults to somewhat oversaturated colors
Lower image noise than most competing DSLRs Noticeable softness starting at ISO 1600
100% Coverage Viewfinder Useless ISO 6400 mode, limited use ISO 3200
Comprehensive info shown in viewfinder Poor white-balance under artificial light
Fast and responsive except for live-view focusing Continuous drive slows to 2.5 FPS on highest quality RAW
51-Point Auto focus with Flexible controls Auto ISO deep in menu, remains active in M mode
Highly customizable interface Some control oddities, see full review
Fantastic LCD display
Excellent Battery-Life
Solid build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Nikon D5000 - 12 Megapixels, 4 FPS, 2.7" LCD, HD 720p Movie Mode, Limited Live View
Nikon D60 - Eye-start sensor, 3-Point AF, 2.5" LCD
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By Neocamera on 2009-09-20

Nikon D300 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-6400
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
WeatherproofCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
6 FPS Drive, 100 ImagesHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Compact Flash
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