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Nikon D300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2718 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the lens and usability. The build quality and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed reviews on the portability and value for money. Many are critical about the image stabilizer.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D300

 

Stellar Shooter

Great image quality. Substantial, comfortable body. Snappy response time. Live-view LCD mode. Gives complete image control. Good high-ISO performance. Useful stabilizer in bundled lens.

Every surface seems covered with buttons.

The D300 fits nicely between professional and beginner digital cameras. Complete manual control and excellent images make it a great backup for pros or an upgrade after intermediates outgrow their starter DSLRs.

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Nikon D300

 

The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300 updates the older D200 with more resolution on a new CMOS sensor that promises improved noise control. The D300 is the first DSLR in Nikon's line to include dust reduction, and sits between the $999 D80 and the $3,499...

- Great handling - Clear, bright viewfinder - Fast autofocus - High-res LCD - Fast Burst mode - Manual focus in the live view - Excellent image quality

- No in-camera image stabilization - Heavy - Break in the live view for AF - Overly basic included software

The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300 is a fine upgrade to its predecessor, adding a huge range of features to the popular D200. The Nikon D100 was introduced in 2002 with 6.1 megapixels and a 5-point autofocus system. The D200 improved that to 10.2...

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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...

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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.

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Big and Heavy Takes the DLSR Crown

 

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 as close to

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

Editor's Choice!

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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...

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Nikon D300 (body only)

 

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.

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Nikon D300 SLR

 

Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikon's exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the camera's new features. The D300 features a new 51-point auto focus system with...

This new model incorporates a range of innovative technologies and features that will significantly improve the accuracy, control and performance photographers can get from their equipment. Its new Scene Recognition System (which it shares with the D3)...

Editor's Choice!

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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

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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...

Product Specifications

The D300 features Nikon's exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the camera's new features. The D300 features a new 51-point auto focus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as found in the D3 that promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions. The D300 reacts with lightning speed, powering-up in a mere 0.13 seconds and shooting with an imperceptible 45 millisecond shutter release lag time. The D300 is capable of shooting at a rapid six frames per second and can go as fast as eight frames per second when using the optional MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack. In continuous bursts, the D300 can shoot up to 100 shots at full 12.3 megapixel resolution. The D300 incorporates a range of innovative technologies and features that will significantly improve the accuracy, control and performance photographers can get from their equipment. Its new Scene Recognition System advances the use of Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-segment sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help the camera determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed, before a picture is taken. This information is used to improve the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance functions in the D300. For example, the camera can track moving subjects better and by identifying them, it can also automatically select focus points faster and with greater accuracy. It can also analyze highlights and more accurately determine exposure, as well as infer light sources to deliver more accurate white balance detection. The D300 incorporates Nikon's Multi-CAM 3500DX auto focus module that features an intelligent array of 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors. These sensors can either be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either nine, 21 or all 51 focus points. The system also features 3D tracking with automatic focus point switching that takes advantage of all 51 AF points as it uses color and light information to accurately track the subject. Nikon's new Scene Recognition System and improved focus algorithms also contribute to the impressive performance of the new 51-point AF system. Taking a cue from the popularity of Nikon's D-Lighting technology, the D300 features a new Active D-Lighting mode that, when enabled, provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast. Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time can be shortened.

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3e

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive/Microdrive / CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.9in
Height:4.5in
Weight:1.8lbs
Width:5.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:2GB

Header

Manufacturer:Nikon
Model:D300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm lens
Max Focal Length:135mm/200mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:11.1/7.5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-3200
Special Effects:Monochrome / Vivid / Neutral/Monochrome / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / TIFF/NEF (RAW) / TIFF / JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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