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Nikon D300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1946 reviews of Nikon D300. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the price and screen are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good reviews. The optics and image stabilizer get negative views. Reviews about the energy efficiency and video are mixed.

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stabilizer , optics

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon D300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon D300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Nikon D300 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and durability. The image quality and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the portability.

usability, performance, image quality, durability, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D300 Body OnlyNikon D300 Body Only

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon D300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 295 user reviews of Nikon D300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good reviews.

performance, usability, price, image quality, portability

98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: DP Review (dpreview.com)

Expert Review

 

Very good resolution and detail without looking over-processed, even up to ISO 1600, Better balanced noise reduction than most; more chroma NR, less luminance NR, High ISO 3200 perfectly usable (if slightly softer due to NR), ISO 6400 usable for small...

No timed mirror lock-up function (could be automatic with self-timer), Non-articulating LCD (increases the usefulness of Live View considerably), Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light

The D200 was a big step forward for Nikon, the 'baby D2X' certainly gave the competition a thing or two to think about. Its big problem was the fact that Canon was still a generation ahead in the noise stakes, managing to consistently deliver clean...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon D300 SLR

 

Go to Page Two Jump to Page: D300 SLR Playback Features Lens Mount & Lenses WT-4 WiFi, Flash, Battery Body, Image Sensor, AF System Menus, Custom Settings Controls, I/O, Storage Camera Controls Steve's Conclusion Sample Pictures 360-degree QuickTime VR...

May, 2008

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

Nikon D300 Digital SLR Camera

 

This digital SLR camera has high resolution, a very fast burst-shooting capability, and exceptional flexibility, but it's quite complex.

Large, live-view LCD ; Extensive custom modes

Live view isn't as easy to use as others ; Menu system is complicated

The Nikon D300 is not a camera that you can simply pick up and run with. Its high resolution, exceptional flexibility, excellent exposure accuracy, and useful Live View function make it worth the effort of working through a longish learning stage. It...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Nikon D300

 

My first impressions of the Nikon D300 digital SLR camera may rekindle my fondness for Nikon SLRs. It's not a perfect 10, but it's interesting and nicely built, and it performed better than I expected.

Large, live-view LCD ; Market-leading LCD screen ; Extensive custom modes ; Excellent image quality, high ISO performance, and lens selection ; Huge feature set

Live view isn't as easy to use as others ; Menu system requires a lot of scrolling ; Menu system is complicated ; ISO control is difficult to reach ; Limited customization

The D300 has high resolution, a very fast burst-shooting capability, and exceptional flexibility, though it's quite complex.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Jackson Lynch (wired.com)

Review: Nikon D300 DSLR

 

Big, heavy and laden with features, Nikon's 12.3-megapixel D300 is also the best digi-SLR for under three grand we've seen yet. All told, it comes...

Brightest, sharpest LCD we’ve seen. HDMI port for straight-to-big-screen viewing. Most comfortable and ergonomic of the quartet

CF memory card only. Biggest and heaviest of the quartet

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Phil Askey (dpreview.com)

Nikon D300 In-depth Review

 

Just under two years since the D200 Nikon reveals the D300, the range of changes is so significant that it wouldn't be inappropriate to call it a 'compact D3' (less the full-frame sensor of course). From the top there's a new CMOS sensor with twelve...

Very good resolution and detail without looking over-processed, even up to ISO 1600 Better balanced noise reduction than most; more chroma NR, less luminance NR High ISO 3200 perfectly usable (if slightly softer due to NR), ISO 6400 usable for small...

No timed mirror lock-up function (could be automatic with self-timer) Non-articulating LCD (increases the usefulness of Live View considerably) Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light

The D200 was a big step forward for Nikon, the 'baby D2X' certainly gave the competition a thing or two to think about. Its big problem was the fact that Canon was still a generation ahead in the noise stakes, managing to consistently deliver clean...

Mar, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Dan Havlik (laptopmag.com)

Nikon D300

 

If you can afford it, Nikon's high-end DSLR offers superior image quality and speed.

Superb overall picture quality ; Low-noise images even at high ISOs ; Very fast start-up time with no shutter lag ; Water- and dust-resistant

Expensive even for its class ; Steep learning curve ; No in-camera image stabilization ; Erratic 3D Focus Tracking system

If you’re serious about photography and don’t mind spending extra money to upgrade to a serious DSLR, the Nikon D300 is about the best investment you can make. While the 10.1-megapixel Canon EOS 40D and the 12.2-megapixel Sony Alpha A700 are good (and...

Mar, 2008

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Nikon D300 review

 

When you build the follow-up to a hot camera, how do you turn up the heat? When Nikon shipped the D200 a couple of years ago, its combination of speed and photo quality blew away the limited competition, and provided a powerful, relatively inexpensive...

Excellent performance and photo quality; solidly built; extremely flexible custom settings architecture; onboard wireless flash controller.

A bit too expensive, given the competition.

Visibly better photo quality and slightly improved performance make the Nikon D300 a significant upgrade over the D200 and an excellent all-around choice.

Jan, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Nikon D300

 

Nikon introduced its Editors' Choicewinning D200 D-SLR in 2005, and ever since we've been waiting patiently to see how the next generation could top it. I can honestly say that the follow-up, the 12.3-megapixel D300, is a worthy successor in so many...

Outstanding image quality and features. 3-inch LCD. 51-point autofocus. Active D-lighting. Two live view modes

Expensive. No self-timer in live view mode ; Watch the Nikon D300 Video Review

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Nikon D300

 

It's hard to find anything not to like about the D300 – you could complain about the fact that the LCD is not articulating, which would greatly enhance live view mode, but then you could easily argue that this would compromise build quality and...

12.3MP CMOS sensor51-point autofocus3.0 inch 920,000 VGA resolution LCD2 Live View Modes6.0 - 8.0 fps continuous shooting times

The Nikon D300 Digital SLR is a new pro-level camera from Nikon that...

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):1000
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL3e
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21
Camera playback:Highlights, Slide show, Thumbnails / thumbnails
Eye Relief:0.768
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating / Trimming
Live view: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Vivid / Neutral, Vivid
Playback mode:Zoom
Playback Modes:Zoom
Self-timer:2,5,10,20
Self-timer delay:2,5,10,20
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:auto, custom modes, manual / Auto, Fine, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny / Auto, Manual

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):345 / 920000 / 921000
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual / auto, manual, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual, Slow synchronization / Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Flash off, Slow synchronization
Shoe mounting point:Y

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:51
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:14.2 / 15
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:2.64 / 2.83 / 3.03
Focal length range (f-f):0.669 - 2.17 / 0.709 - 2.76 / 0.709 - 7.87
Lens mount interface:Nikon F
Lens structure:16/12
Lens structure (elements/groups):16/12
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of aspheric elements:3
Optical Zoom:11.1

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 3200, 6400
ISO sensitivity (max):6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Matrix, Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:CF / CF, CF Type II, MicroDrive / cf, microdrive
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):85
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 40
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 40
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.06 - 11.8
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:13100000
Camera focusing range:-1 - +19 EV
Camera shutter speed:1/250 / 1/8000 - 30 / 30 / 30 - 1/8000
Data compression:N / NEF 12-bit/14-bit (RAW), TIFF (RGB), JPEG
Digital SLR: Yes
Effective sensor resolution:13100000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.06 - 11.8
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:HDMI 1.3a, USB / HDMI, USB / USB
Lens focal range:f/3.5-5.6
Lens system:14 (3 ED) / 10 / 15 (3 ED) / 13 / Nikon F AF
Metering:0 - 20 EV / 0 - 20 EV (3D Color Matrix)
Sensor Resolution:23.6
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability:No / Yes
Weight:1.76

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Capture NX,\nCamera Control Pro 2 / Capture NX\nCamera Control Pro 2

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW, TIF
Image sensor size (W x H):0.929 x 0.622
Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum image resolution:4288 x 2848
Megapixel:12.3
Sensor Format:DX
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4288 x 2848 / 4288 x 2848, 3216 x 2136, 2144 x 1424
Total megapixels:13.1

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Not supported
Video recording: No

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Optical
Magnification:-2 / 0.94
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.91
Height:4.49
Weight:1.82 / 2.76 / 29.1 / 3.48
Weight (imperial):1.82
Width:5.79