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Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
alaScore 93

852 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 852 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the video and image quality. The usability and value for money also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D300S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D300s


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Nikon D300S


The Nikon D300S is an unsurprising upgrade to the two-year-old D300, adding mediocre video recording and useful dual memory slots.

The Nikon D300S is physically and functionally very close to the D300 introduced back in 2007. The company essentially took the 720p video recording capability from the $900 D90 (the first SLR to offer movie mode) and grafted it into the heftier,...

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Nikon D300s


The $1,699.95 (list, body only) 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300s is a well-rounded D-SLR that captures HD video and can produce beautiful still images, even in low-light situations. And it's incredibly fast, snapping off images at an impressive 7 frames per...

Top-notch image quality. Fast, 7-frames-per-second image capture. Extremely accurate 51-point autofocus system. HD video capture

Low-ISO images are softer than those from competing cameras. Limited HD video recording options

The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300s is a solid D-SLR and a nice speed upgrade if you already own Nikon lenses. But for the same price, Canon offers larger 18-megapixel images and more comprehensive HD-video-capture options with its EOS 7D.


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Nikon D300S Review


The Nikon D300 made quite an impact when it was first launched - enough to prompt us to conclude: 'There's simply no better semi-professional digital SLR on the market.' And, in many respects, it is still the camera to beat in that class - nearly two...

Highly competitive image quality at all ISO settings ; Excellent high ISO performance with low noise and good levels of detail ; Highly configurable Auto ISO function (can set maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed) ; 7 frames per second continuous...

Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting ; Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions ; Rolling shutter effect when shooting video ; Occasional 'grain' in blue skies, even at base ISO ; Contrast detection AF is slow (as it is on...

A relatively minor upgrade to one of the defining cameras of the semi-pro sector adds a useful HD video mode and a wealth of minor improvements that improve the already excellent handling. Although the D300S has stronger competition than its...

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Nikon D300s (with 18-200mm lens)


Editors' note, October 10, 2012: In light of changes to the competitive landscape, we've decided to adjust the rating of this camera by dropping the features subrating from 9 to 8. Though it's still an excellent camera, its 3-year-old feature set can't...

Outstanding performance for its class; excellent photo quality; solidly built; flexible custom settings architecture; video capture; onboard wireless flash controller; dual card slots.

Some annoying design and interface quirks; no significant improvements in high ISO noise performance.

The Nikon D300s is a great camera, especially if you need the burst speed or slightly improved low-light focus, but if you don't care about video you might consider looking for a really good deal on a D300 and using what you save to splurge on a good...

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Nikon D300S


Keeping technology advancements under wraps is hard enough with the speed information travels today, so Nikon have really managed to surprise the industry when introducing the D300s as a result. Keeping their ergonomic design of previous models and...

720p/24fps HD RecordingExternal Mic Input920k Pixel ScreenProfessional PerformanceComfortable design

Nikon's D300S is a step ahead for Digital SLR cameras, with the...

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Nikon D300s DSLR Camera Review


The D300s is Nikon's newest video-capable DSLR. While the camera did show some impressive results in our low light testing, we were disappointed by the fact that Nikon didn't implement any new video features as compared to last year's D5000.

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A review of the Nikon D300 and D300s


My thoughts on this stellar camera

This review was originally written in March 2008. I originally purchased the Nikon D300 ... with the camera to write up a complete review this is just an article relaying my first impressions of this sweet ... with the D300 so far. I’ll give a...

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Nikon D300s Review


Nikon's taking a bit of a risk here, as like it not, the megapixel count still has the power to sway the wavering punter.

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Nikon D300s Camera Review


If you are looking for the right camera for professional and personal use, the Nikon D300s is a good way to go. To learn more, read this Nikon D300s camera review

Product Specifications

The D300S is a compact DX format professional SLR that extends the options for photographers who value creative flexibility. It boasts a highly sensitive 12.3 mega-pixel CMOS sensor and supports a phenomenal 7fps continuous shooting. CF and SD card slots enhance workflow flexibility, letting you capture stills on one card and movies on another. Nikon

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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 / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/Microdrive / SD Memory Card / CompactFlash / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon/Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.0-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm lens/Nikon G AF-S 70-300mm VR lens
Max Focal Length:200mm/300mm
Min Focal Length:18mm/70mm
Optical Zoom:11.1/4.3
Type:Telephoto zoom lens/Zoom lens

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


Module Content:Adobe PostScript Level 3
Type:ROM (page description language)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG/MJPEG / AVI
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200-3200 / ISO 6400/ISO 200-3200 / ISO 6400 / ISO 100
Special Effects:Monochrome / Vivid / Neutral/Monochrome / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / TIFF/NEF (RAW) / TIFF / JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical