Nikon D300 DX Digital D-SLR Camera Outfit with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens, U.S.A.

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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.

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

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]
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)
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, 20C)
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
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)
(W x H x D) Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)
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
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I have have used Nikon products for over 30 years, and have never been disappointed. The D300 goes over and above what I ever expected in a camera. The quality of the pics are great. If you don't feel like doing anything "special" when using it, don't. Just put it in the Program Mode and the camera does it all. Too say the least, I'm impressed.


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Not at All True

After using the D300 for 1+ year, it started to show banding problems and weird colours, Nikon has to ensure that PCB and / or CCD for this unit are to perform longer and not to fail just after its warranty. I am totally disappointed with NIKON sorry,

Reviewed by 129 customers


Awesome upgrade!


Given we're in 2015, it's not the newest camera around and the pixel count is lower than most but, as a beginner/learning photographer I wanted to upgrade to a better spec body without throwing around loads of cash on a d7100 or an FX body. I figure that can wait until I know what I'm doing. I wanted all (or as much as possible) of the control of a 610 or 7100 and have accumulated a few pretty decent lenses to practice on. I just loaded up my new (second-hand with low shutter count) d300s with a 35mm f1.8, a 50mm f1.4 and my 24-70 f2.8. I was expecting ok results... Then I was blown away by the quality improvement over my old beginner 3200!!! Lower pixel count, it seems, doesn't matter so much when you get into the pro-bodied Nikons. Would recommend to anyone in a similar boat and can't wait to get my hands on an FX body once I've mastered this!


Very Durable


After taking pictures, some friends and I were talking around the bed of my sons truck. I placed my D300S in the bed and forgot I left it there. Minutes after my son took off and miles later, I remembered what I did and immediately called him to tell him to pull over to get the camera. That was in the summer of 2012, It's now 2014 and there is nothing wrong with the camera. I still takes great pictures.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome semi-pro camera!!


I majored in Photojournalism years ago and learned on a Pentax K1000. I went into another field but wanted a Nikon back then. Recently, I picked up a used D300s with a lens and love it! It may take some time to get used to all of the bells and whistles, but the pictures are sharp. Great camera!


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I just bought this in March 2014 and I am debating whether I should send it to Nikon for repair or return it to the store. This camera froze on me twice. After the first incident, Nikon Support taught me how to reset it. Few days later, I took it with me on vacation and it happened again. The reset technique did not work. It took more than one day for the camera to come back to normal operation. When it is operating normally, it is a great camera and I enjoy the speed of the camera. So, I am not sure if it is a camera problem or user problem. I own a D80 also and I have not encountered the same problem with D80.


Solid and Reliable


Words cannot express the joy this camera is to use. Solid and confident you'll be, with this camera around your neck. Who cares about the overkill on the above 12 mega pixels anyway? My old D200 gives me beautiful poster size prints, time and time again and that's only 10 MP. The D300s has two more which is perfect for me in my weddings and stock work. I had a D7000 and I did not like the controls and the larger MP's, not to mention the plastic lightweight feel of it and the focusing problems so I got a D3200 because of the price but the slow focusing and extremely long shutter-lag, as well as the fact that 24 MP rapidly takes up memory on the computer (think I'll trade it in for a new lens) - also the fact that I tried it out during an engagement session and I had to rely on the faster more accurate focusing of my D200. Yet I still needed an upgrade and was not waiting for the supposedly D400 so I saw the deal that Adorama had for an E + rated used D300s, yet I had my doubts that it was in the condition they described. Was I wrong! I'm glade I took the chance and purchased this beauty. Wow! Thanks for a great deal Adorama!


Love it...


I have yet to have a Nikon I do not like but this is one of my favorites. It focuses fast. It has lots of sensitivity for low light and a quick shutter for bright days watching sports. Now that I have a D600 I should give it to my niece but cannot part with it.


I love this gear


I had this durable gear for almost 5 years now and never gave me any problem. Always ready for any occasions. And I'm excited to use my new nikon 24-70 mm 2.8. Hoping to make the most out of this camera.


Fast, acurate excellent image quality!


I have photographed both sports, landscapes and indoor corporate events with the D300s, panned incoming ski racers just to be impressed with the continuous auto-focus features, shot running water at F22 only to be amazed by the accuracy of the detail in the image, even had the opportunity to run out of memory with a borrowed D4 while shooting a Kayak event, switched the body on the 600mm glass with my D300s and produced equally stunning results. An excellent camera well designed, easy to understand, user friendly with top notch technology. As for it's low light abilities with or without flash it can do the job but a state of the art full frame I believe would give any photographer a comparative advantage.

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excellent camera over all


best quality and performance. in 2013 still a very excellent choice


Still great


Use it for sports photography. It's fantastic still, even though it's about 5 years old. Great focus speed and tracking, separate AF-on button, 7fps.

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