Nikon D300

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- Nikon D300 vs EOS 50D comparison review by Photopro

The Nikon D300 (announced 23.08.07) is the successor to the Nikon D200 features A new 12.3-megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor, Continuous shooting at up to 6 frames-per-second, A new Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System, 2 LiveView Shooting Modes and a 3.0-inch Super Density 920,000-dot VGA Color Monitor. The Nikon D300 will be available in November 2007 at around US$1800. (Full Specifications)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon D300 Reviews

ProPhoto compares the Nikon D300 to Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“The print from the D300 is excellent enough even at 12 megapixels compared to the 15 megapixels of the 50D for me to choose the D300 as the winner in this comparison exercise… Bottom line is if I had to buy only one or the other, I would easily choose the D300. “
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DevHardware reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“it’s easy to see the D300 becoming an essential tool for virtually all types of photography, from artistic and landscape shots to action and wildlife, and encompassing virtually all points in between.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAuthority reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“For those looking to upgrade from a Nikon D40 or a D80, the D300 is an obvious choice. But the Canon 40D still worth considering. The 40D’s build quality, handling and body-mounted controls are similar, it’s better at handling continuous bursts and the body is $800 cheaper..”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“But of the three cameras I tested together–the D300, the Olympus E3, and my Canon 30D–the Nikon did by far the best job of capturing difficult, high-contrast landscapes. In scenes with vast amounts of snow, sky, and water, the Nikon was the only camera that came close to capturing accurate color and brightness.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoxels reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“The Nikon D300 has exceptional ergonomics and I like how you can customize the camera to almost any way you like. It makes a perfect second backup (and affordable) digital SLR for a pro. “
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Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Nikon’s new D300 further raises the bar in the enthusiasts dSLR category. Offering a wealth of features, plenty of customization options, 12.3 megapixels of resolution, upgraded 51-point Autofocus System, a fast frame rate (when using a recommend 266x CF card) and excellent image quality “
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DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“The Nikon D300 isn’t the perfect camera, but it’s close. It includes a dust reduction system but skimps on the in-body image stabilization many other manufacturers are now offering…and while the D300 is expensive at $1,799, it’s a bargain for all the performance it offers. “
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ThinkCamera reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“It’ll focus more accurately, faster and in a darker places than almost any other camera around (the D3 has the same AF system). The 51-point tracking system is remarkable for those events where the field of view is organised chaos..”
Rating: ★★★★½

LaptopMag reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Battery life was strong. The D300 is rated at 1,000 shots per charge when using the optical viewfinder (Live View drains it more quickly), which is well above average…While the EOS 40D and the Sony Alpha A700 are good (and cheaper) semipro digital SLRs, the D300 is the all-around best camera in this category for image quality, speed, durability, and features. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“The D300 delivers superb image quality along with worthwhile feature and functionality advancements. It also offers added versatility and some extremely compelling new features compared to the D200.”
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NeoCamera reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Noise levels are very low until ISO 400 and moderately low but noticeable at ISO 800. At ISO 1600, noise is evident but has a fine grain as to not appear disruptive. In response to higher noise, the D300 softens details with obvious noise-reduction. With this approach, this DSLR keeps noise generally lower than competing cameras. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“It is a superb DSLR camera and it won’t surprise me if people will start swapping brands and find their way to Nikon. I fully understand them and agree with them! The Nikon D300 is recommended without restrictions for it is an exceptional camera! ”
Rating: ★★★★½

MacWorld reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“The Nikon D300’s excellent image quality, high ISO performance, robust feature set, and sturdy build make it a DSLR to seriously consider. There’s no doubt about it—the D300 is a great DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ByThom compares Nikon D300 to Nikon D2 and writes;
“Bottom line: the D2x is an excellent value at the current used prices (US$1500-1800), making this a very tough choice. For me, the smaller form factor, lighter carry weight, and high ISO capabilities give the nod to the D300, but I’m still very happy with my D2x for landscape work.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAdvisor reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“While pictures are stunning, there’s no getting away from the fact that while to a professional the Nikon D300 is a budget buy, to the average consumer it’s a wallet-battering investment. Still, you get what you pay for and, having also taken the D300 along to a studio shoot as part of our test, we can vouch that its results and workhorse-like reliability. Simply superb.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“In short, the D300 is a camera that allows for picture taking in just about any lighting condition for any type of rendition you desire. It does require time to get to know the camera and all its options..The build, heft, and ease of control access certainly make this a strong contender for the hearts and minds of serious photographers. “
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TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“It has class-leading build quality and ergonomic design, a mind-boggling array of features and options, blistering performance and superb image quality. In terms of what it has to offer the D300 is unquestionably one of the four or five best cameras currently on the market. However it is a very expensive camera, and the competition – in the shape of the Sony A700 – isn’t far behind.”
Rating: ★★★★★

CEN reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“the images were tack sharp despite the use of the Nikon 18~200 mm VR lens instead of my usual Nikon 35-70 f2.8 and Nikon 80-200 f2.8 ED lenses. Since I usually have to post-process images to give them a bit more saturation I decided to set the D300 to Vivid color mode and it really gave everything a nice punch.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Its ISO 800 shots are not far different from its ISO 100 and 200 shots (with 200 being slightly better than 100). Low light performance was also excellent, with the Nikon D300 able to make good exposures at all ISOs down to 1/16 foot candle…the bottom line is this: If you need a great digital SLR camera and the price is no issue, the Nikon D300 will exceed your needs.”
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DigitalCameraReviews compares the Nikon D300 to the Canon’s latest line up and writes;
“Compared to the D200 and D2X/Xs, the D300 offers better high ISO performance. I’ve felt for some time that the D200 noise levels were about 1 EV better than the D2X, and the D300 looks to be about 1 EV better than the D200, perhaps a bit more…. I’m keeping the D200, but the D300 is my new best friend…and worth every penny.”
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CNET reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“At their best, photos are sharp, with excellent exposures, accurate colors, and broad tonal ranges. Flash with the SB-800 Speedlight unit especially showed off how well the metering system works.. The bottom line: Visibly better photo quality and slightly improved performance make the Nikon D300 a significant upgrade over the D200 and an excellent all-around choice.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“While it doesn’t have any truly revolutionary features, the Nikon D300 incorporates hot new technologies — a stunning Live View screen, advanced autofocusing, digital lighting — and faultless image quality into a rock solid, high speed shell. The result is a camera that, although a touch expensive, is capable of taking on rivals both more and less sophisticated”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“From ISO 1600 on, there are visible artefacts, but even at ISO 3200 the results are much, much better than expected. White balance when shooting large, fine quality JPEGs is accurate.. the Nikon D300 delivers naturalistically coloured, crisp and sharp images that truly jump off the screen. Metering and exposure is as reliably accurate as you’d expect, with little or no pixel fringing to groan about.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Noise, even at higher ISO is pretty much non-existent up to ISO 2000, beyond here noise is in there but it’s very subtle and even at the boosted ISO 4000 and 6400 settings it’s very clean indeed, in fact the best noise (or lack of noise) performance I’ve seen in a D-SLR.”
Rating: ★★★★½

LuminousLandscape compares the Nikon D300 to the Canon’s latest line up and writes;
“The D300, though in many ways simply a logical progression from the D200, is a much better camera than its predecessor, and along with its superior sensor offers the pro and advanced amateur a set of features and functionality that is unmatched at the moment in Canon’s line up.”
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GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Simply put, Nikon’s D300 is one of the finest cameras on the market. Its image quality matches competing models, and while you pay a premium, you get such features as live view, dust reduction, D-Lighting and a bevy of others in return. Perfect for enthusiasts and professionals.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“High ISO images were better than we’d expected, the D300 clearly has an edge on the D200 in terms of high-ISO performance (we’d estimate about a full f-stop’s worth of improvement), despite the new model’s smaller pixels. D300 images shot under incandescent lighting (always the tougher test) looked great when printed at 8×10 inches, all the way up to ISO 3200. At ISO 3200 and that size, there was a little bit of noise present, but we had to look close to see it (closer than you’d normally view a print of that size), and it was very fine-grained.”
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PopPhoto reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“Our field tests confirmed the accuracy of the metering and white balance systems. If you’ve shot with Nikons before, you’ll find the external controls easy to master while looking through the viewfinder. And the number of setting variations is astounding.”
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DigitalJournalist reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“It produced beautiful, almost noiseless hand-held images easily and the same held true for the picture of members of the Calistoga Camera Club getting ready for their fall slide show under less than perfect available light.”
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Luminous-Landscape has compared the Nikon D300 VS Nikon D3 VS Canon 1Ds MKIII and writes;
“Sad to say, D300 is not in the same low noise league as either the D3 or the 1Ds MKIII. Noise is more apparent, and though the exposure was 1/50th second vs the D3′s 1/60th second (essentially identical), the image was overall quite a bit darker, indicating that the ISO was likely not what the camera indicated it was; maybe ISO 1000 in reality, and the apparent dynamic range somewhat less as well.”

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon D300 and writes;
“In terms of image quality, the D300 produces very natural-looking results using its default JPEG settings which have few if any electronic artefacts to speak of. Some may find them lacking a little in sharpness and contrast, but both are easily fixed in-camera or with RAW files. In terms of exposures, the D300 meters to protect highlights from burning-out, which sometimes comes at the cost of the image subjectively appearing a little dark overall.”
Rating: ★★★★½

e-Photographia has a preview of the Nikon D300 and writes;
“While the D300 is a marked improvement, it might not be worth the money you’ll lose by selling the D200 and buying the D300. On the other hand, if you’re using the D200 to earn money, go for the D300.”

ePhotozine has a preview of the Nikon D300 and writes;
“The D300 is a heavy beast but it makes it feel more of a camera and you know that great things will come of it. The camera has a good grip and feels great in the hands which is to be expected. “

DigitalReview.ca has a preview of the Nikon D300 and writes;
“The Nikon D300 features a more sculpted body design than the D200. The Mode button and the +/- Exposure Compensation button located on the front grip above the shutter release are now round and raised making them even more accessible compared to the oblong shape of the same two function buttons on the Nikon D200.”

Price Comparison


Nikon D300 Price Comparison

Samples


Nikon D300 Samples

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ DCI

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ PhotographyReview

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ NeoCamera

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ CEN

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ PPMag

- Nikon D300 Sample Photo @ ISO 6400

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ CNET

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ e-fotografija

- Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ Nikon

Manual

Nikon D300 User Manual & Brochures

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- Download Nikon D300 Official Brochure
- Download Canon EOS 40D VS Nikon D300 Specifications


Videos


Nikon D300 and Nikon D3 at IFA 2007


Slideshow of the Nikon D300

Features

Nikon D300 Press Release

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the D300 digital single lens reflex (D-SLR), a camera that sets new standards of compact professional performance. The easy-to-use DX-format D300 offers outstanding image quality, multi-functional technologies and fast response. With class-leading 12.3 megapixel resolution, speedy 6 fps frame advance, self-cleaning sensor unit and high definition 3” VGA LCD display, combined with Nikon’s legendary durability, the D300 is a breakthrough solution for photographers searching for an advanced compact SLR.

“Packed with the latest technologies and Nikon’s renowned ergonomics, the D300 sets a new standard for professionals on a budget,” said Robert Cristina, Brand Manager, Nikon Professional Products, Europe. “The D300 is a true ‘go-anywhere’ camera, delivering fast response, high performance and ease of use that will appeal to anyone serious about their photography.”

Speed and Performance

The D300 is loaded with the latest professional technologies designed to produce images of the highest quality. The high-resolution 12.3 MP DX format CMOS sensor generates image files suitable for almost every type of output, combined with a fast standard frame advance rate of 6fps (up to 8 fps with optional Multi Power Battery Pack). The D300 offers fast power-up, quick response and outstanding flexibility to meet the needs of a wide variety of photographic assignments. The D300 powers-up in just 0.13 seconds, with an almost imperceptible 45 millisecond shutter lag.

Accuracy

The D300 boasts a self-cleaning sensor unit, which vibrates at high frequencies to remove any loose dust on the surface of the sensor’s optical low pass filter. The camera has a broad ISO range from 200-3200 plus Lo 1 (the equivalent of an ISO 100) and Hi (ISO 6400 equivalent). Image accuracy is also enhanced by the new Nikon Scene Recognition System, which uses the acclaimed Nikon 1005-pixel RGB colour sensor modified to recognise subjects’ shape and position before the image is captured. This also aids the new 51-Point Autofocus system in tracking subjects by their colour, while enhancing the accuracy of exposure and white balance metering. The D300 also offers Live View, which presents photographers with a live image on the LCD screen, with two modes suited to either hand held or tripod shooting. Autofocus is possible in both Live View modes.

Enhanced Images with EXPEED

The EXPEED image processing system is at the heart of the D300’s ability to capture and process high definition image data so quickly. The EXPEED system includes both hardware and years of Nikon image processing expertise. The D300 EXPEED system features 14-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion with 16-bit image processing, both of which contribute to delivering results with Nikon’s signature ‘look and feel’ of rich accurate colours, smooth skin gradations and exceptional detail.

Ready for tomorrow

The D300 is completely high definition. From the 3-inch VGA LCD screen with 170-degree viewing angle, to the HDMI interface for HD ready displays, the D300 is ready for tomorrow’s imaging environment. The controls of the D300 were designed for ease of use, with an easy-to-view top LCD panel and an information display on the rear LCD screen that can change colour according to the ambient lighting conditions.

The totally intuitive 8-directional multi-area selector makes selecting any of the 51-Point autofocus settings simplicity itself.

Durable and Dependable

The D300 continues Nikon’s long tradition of sturdiness and durability. The camera body is built from a magnesium alloy, while the camera’s shutter has been tested for 150,000-release cycles. The D300 is also designed for a high level of dust and water resistance.

Total Imaging System

Like the D3, the D300 isn’t just a camera, but part of a complete Nikon system to help photographers create great images. The D300 is compatible with the Nikon Total Imaging System of NIKKOR lenses, Speedlights, accessories and software that provides a complete solution for any photographic challenge.

One accessory that can extend shooting life, add ergonomic vertical shooting practicality and increase frame rate to up to 8 fps* is the MB-D10 optional Multi-Power Battery Pack. The compact MB-D10 simply attaches to the base of the camera. Unlike other grips, the MB-D10 does not occupy the camera’s battery space, so one can shoot with two EN-EL3e batteries, or add a powerful EN-EL4a battery into the mix. The D300 and MB-D10 can also be powered by AA size batteries as well. *Requires EN-EL4a.

Wireless Networking

Nikon pioneered wireless image transmission. Now, with the new Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-43, the era of the multi camera network has arrived. Not only can one transmit (‘push’) images to servers and remotely control the camera from afar, the WT-4 also enables remote browsing of the camera’s image thumbnails as well. In a wireless environment, networks of up to 5 D300 cameras can be established and image thumbnails from all connected cameras browsed simultaneously and relevant image files ‘pulled’, while the photographers continue shooting.

The D300 body measures 147.2 (W) ×112.8 (H) × 74(D) mm and weighs just 795 grams. Available in November 2007.


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