Nikon D300 DX Digital D-SLR Camera, 12.3 Megapixel, Interchangeable Lens, Nikon U.S.A. Limited Warranty

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About Nikon

Agility, speed, low noise and spectacular imaging performance converge in the Nikon D300 to create an amazingly versatile D-SLR that, with your imagination, is ready to go to work. A high-resolution 12.3-megapixel, DX-format image sensor with exclusive Nikon EXPEED digital image processing technology captures your vision at up to 6 frames per second. Add the optional MB-D10 grip to boost your speed to 8 FPS!

A fast 51-area AF system is now even smarter when teamed with Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System. The SRS provides additional data to Nikon's famous 1,005-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, assuring even more accurate exposures and white balance detection. Of course, the D300 offers precision Center-Weighted and Spot metering control.

Reliable image review and menu access now comes to life with the D300's bright, tempered-glass protected, 170-degree wide-angle, 3-inch, 920,000-dot VGA TFT LCD monitor. The high-resolution LCD is also the D300's viewfinder when either of two LiveView modes is selected, and new Picture Control settings offer precise fine-tuning of your image characteristics. Simply put, the D300 was engineered to exceed expectations.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Large clear LCD (54),Simple controls (37),Strong construction (37),Easy to use (36),Fast shutter speed (36),Great picture quality (30),Image stabilization (22),Good image quality (21),Fast / accurate auto-focus (17),High ISO performance (14),Quiet (7),Short lag time (4) Durable (3),High quality (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (8),Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (42),Travel (41),Portraits (27),Art (22),Photojournalism (20),Sports (18),Fun (16),Family photos (14),Sports/action (14),Weddings (13),Low light (12),Wildlife (12) Documentary (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (29),Photo enthusiast (15),Pro photographer (15),Enthusiast (3)

Nikon Features

  • A new 12.3-megapixel DX Format CMOS Sensor combined with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED digital image processing system advances DX-format image quality to all new levels.
  • The 3.0-inch super density 920,000-dot VGA color monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection makes it possible for even more critical image review.
  • Continuous shooting up to 6 frames per second, and up to 8 frames per second with the new MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack, makes the D300 a powerful performer in a wide variety of shooting
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF with 3D Focus Tracking and three Dynamic AF modes deliver exacting autofocus precision at blazing speeds.
  • Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System (SRS), with an improved 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, provides even more intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with smarter auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance.
  • Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System with self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit minimizes degradation of image quality due to errant dust particles.
  • Two LiveView shooting modes, Hand-held or Tripod is perfect when shooting in a studio, remote situations or from obscure angles.
  • New Picture Control settings give photographers dramatically advanced color control with 4 preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, as well as 9 customizable settings.
  • Rugged magnesium-alloy construction, advanced dust and moisture protection and durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles is perfect for the most challenging photographic situations.

Nikon Specifications

Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Recording Medium
CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), Microdrive
Lens Mount
1) DX AF Nikkor: All functions
2) D-/G-type AF Nikkor (excluding IX Nikkor lenses): All functions (excluding PC Micro-Nikkor)
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Lens Focal Length Conversion factor
1.5 times lens focal length
Sensor Type
CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format
Effective Pixels
12.3 million
Total Pixels
13.1 million
Image File Format
Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Storage System: Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File Size
4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
Viewfinder
SLR Type, fixed eye-level Pentaprism type; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint: 19.5mm (-1.0m-1)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 100% (vertical and horizontal)
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
LCD Monitor
3-in", approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Depth-of-Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
Playback
Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation
Image Erase
Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete
Focusing Modes
Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Metering Modes
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II, color matrix metering
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range

1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20¢ªC)
Exposure Control Systems
1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S] 3) Aperture Priority Auto [A] 4) Manual [M]
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx.0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200 and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200
Exposure Compensation
+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, white balance bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments 1-3)
Built-in Flash Type
Manual pop-up with button release
Built-In Flash Guide Number
(ISO 200, m): approx. 17 (manual 18)
(ISO 100 equivalent, m): approx. 12 (manual 13)
External Flash
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
PC Terminal
ISO 519 standard terminal
Sync Speed
X=1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 s (FP) adjustable with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)
Drive Modes
Single frame shooting mode - Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: 1 to 7 frames per second - Continuous high-speed shooting mode: 8 frames per second
Computer Interface
Hi-Speed USB
Video Output
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
Battery
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)
Dimensions
(W x H x D) Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)
Weight
Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Operating Temperature Range
Temperature: 0-40C/32-104F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
Start Up Time
Quick response of 0.13 sec. power-up
Shutter Lag
45 milliseconds

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 99 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extraordinary

This camera is amazing. First off it's built like a tank. You pick this camera up and it feels great. Personally I mainly use the camera for sports with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. The combination is unbeatable. I was recently at an in door hockey game and got awesome shots I couldn't get with my D80. Here's why. The new autofocus system. The autofocus system has 51 points and 15 cross sensitive points. In 3d tracking mode I was able to track hockey players flying behind one another, the...

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This camera is amazing. First off it's built like a tank. You pick this camera up and it feels great. Personally I mainly use the camera for sports with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. The combination is unbeatable. I was recently at an in door hockey game and got awesome shots I couldn't get with my D80. Here's why. The new autofocus system. The autofocus system has 51 points and 15 cross sensitive points. In 3d tracking mode I was able to track hockey players flying behind one another, the af system even picked them up when they reappeared from behind each other. The noise is fine, even at 6400 I think the pictures are pretty useable. Make sure youre card is fast if want to use continuous shooting at 6 fps. I can only do 18 frame bursts with an extreme 3 series card. Want to try out battery holder for 8 fps, unfortunately like most accessories for this camera, it's rediculously expensive.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DON'T RECOMMAND

I HAVE PURCHASED THIS CAMERA BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO USE AS EXPECTED, HE HAD A CIRCUIT MAIN MEMORY CARD PROBLEM THEN A PROBLEM OF CIRCUIT CAMERA EVEN THEN I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CHANGE THE SHUTTER. ALTHOUGH I HAVE REPAIRED BY AN EXPERT NOW IT SHOWS A NIKON D3 SHOWS AN ERROR THAT I CAN NOT DETECT. I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THIS PRODUCT IF IT IS ALREADY USE EXCEPT FOR SPARE PARTS AND ENSURE THEY HAVE A TECHNICIAN LOOK GOOD AS IT TRACKS ON THE UNIT IS NOT GOOD GROUND IN THE UNIT THAT INSTALLI...

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I HAVE PURCHASED THIS CAMERA BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO USE AS EXPECTED, HE HAD A CIRCUIT MAIN MEMORY CARD PROBLEM THEN A PROBLEM OF CIRCUIT CAMERA EVEN THEN I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CHANGE THE SHUTTER. ALTHOUGH I HAVE REPAIRED BY AN EXPERT NOW IT SHOWS A NIKON D3 SHOWS AN ERROR THAT I CAN NOT DETECT. I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THIS PRODUCT IF IT IS ALREADY USE EXCEPT FOR SPARE PARTS AND ENSURE THEY HAVE A TECHNICIAN LOOK GOOD AS IT TRACKS ON THE UNIT IS NOT GOOD GROUND IN THE UNIT THAT INSTALLING OUR CURRENT STATIC POPS VARIOUS BOARD OF UNIT I WENT THREE MATCHES NIKON D3 WHICH SERVE ME ANYTHING TODAY.

Reviewed by 99 customers

 
5.0

Exceptional Build and Speed

By

from San Diego, California

The Nikon D300 is rock solid, very responsive, and provides a "DX" format 50% extra focal length reach when needed. When used with a Nikon MB-D10 vertical battery grip and Nikon EN-EL4a battery, the camera executes eight frames per second for demanding action situations. The six photos below were taken with the Nikon 18-300mm DX zoom lens at eight frames per second. This equipment combination of reliability, speed, and extreme focal length (450mm equivalent) is exactly what is needed when photographing Mexican folk dancing.

 
5.0

Still in love

By

from Undisclosed

One of the best cameras I ever had. Still working perfectly, perfect size, perfect pictures. I still love it

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A major workhorse

By

from McCleary, WA 98557, USA

This D300 has been the best camera I have ever owned. It has been all around the world with us and it is still going strong. I have well over 500,000 to a 1,000,000 photos taken with this camera and it's still working great. Just purchased a D7100 but because of the Compact Flash Card the D300 is still much faster with the same quality!

 
5.0

Great deal on a fine camera

By

from NYC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Minor scratches on the body and shutter count was what I was told over the phone.

 
1.0

DON'T RECOMMAND

By

from HOLLYWOOD, FLO  -  Pro Photographer

I HAVE PURCHASED THIS CAMERA BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO USE AS EXPECTED, HE HAD A CIRCUIT MAIN MEMORY CARD PROBLEM THEN A PROBLEM OF CIRCUIT CAMERA EVEN THEN I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CHANGE THE SHUTTER. ALTHOUGH I HAVE REPAIRED BY AN EXPERT NOW IT SHOWS A NIKON D3 SHOWS AN ERROR THAT I CAN NOT DETECT. I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THIS PRODUCT IF IT IS ALREADY USE EXCEPT FOR SPARE PARTS AND ENSURE THEY HAVE A TECHNICIAN LOOK GOOD AS IT TRACKS ON THE UNIT IS NOT GOOD GROUND IN THE UNIT THAT INSTALLING OUR CURRENT STATIC POPS VARIOUS BOARD OF UNIT I WENT THREE MATCHES NIKON D3 WHICH SERVE ME ANYTHING TODAY.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 years of excellent family and travel pictures

By

from Southern, IL, USA

Bought the D300 (my first digital DSLR) in December 2008. Europe travel and family pictures have always been excellent; don't own nor use Photoshop or any equivalent--the D300 does it all.

 
5.0

Nikon D300 Body only

By

from Rochester, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I was in the market for a D300 and saw one on Adorama for $380. Called them up and they said they have two and one was in excellent shape. I was worried about not knowing the shutter count at the time of purchase but it turned out to have just over 20k clicks which i was very happy about. This body looks brand new, no scratches anywhere and the accessories looked unused. Im very happy with the purchase and knowing that i have Adorama's guarantee (2 year protection plan) if anything goes wrong. I will shop with them again.

 
4.0

Great camera for the price

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I'd been hoping to purchase this model before, but always just missed out because of the price or the timing. This is an excellent camera for the price, and I am extremely happy with my purchase after upgrading from another Nikon model.

 
5.0

Great product for the price

By

from Cypress, TX 77429, USA

I started out with a Nikon film camera, totally manual. The I got a D3000 camera, then a D5000, then a D7000 and aD300. The D300 has gotten me back to manual more or the Aperture mode. Now I get better photos. I real like this camera and would recommend it.

 
5.0

A delight to use.

By

from Undisclosed

I got started in photography late in life and purchased a D70s. It was ok but I wanted more and settled on the D300. I find it easy to use but learning to navigating the menu was a little challenging at first. I finally got it and love the camera and what I can capture with it. As great as the Nikon products are I wish that the enclosed manual was a bit more "beginner" friendly

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