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Nikon D300 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

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Nikon D300 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera Body                                   #437
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Made for taking crystal clear photos and preseving your memories for you, the Nikon 12.3 MP camera is a flexible portable body only. This Nikon D300 digital camera has an HDMI connector that makes showing special events easy. With its black body, this Nikon digital SLR camera will be a sleek platform for preserving memories. Furthermore, the 3-inch LCD monitor on the Nikon 12.3 MP camera makes it easy for you to play back the poignant moments of your life and share them with family and friends. Choosing memory size is easy by making use of the flash memory card slot included with this Nikon D300 digital camera. Cropping and enlarging won't cause pixelation if you get a camera with an increased number of megapixels. With the 12.3 megapixel image sensor included with this Nikon digital SLR camera, you can create 11x16 inch prints of the moments of your life in realistic clarity. Remain ready to take photographs using rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries included with the Nikon 12.3 MP camera. Excellent picture quality and wonderful performance are yours with this Nikon D300 digital camera. This Nikon digital SLR camera comes with only the body and no lens. Selecting the interchangeable lens or lenses based on your changing photography wants and needs is an advantage to purchasing the camera body on its own.

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Product Identifiers
BrandNikon
ModelD300
MPN25432
UPC018208094813, 018208094820, 018208097401, 018208254323, 018208882212, 018208883929, 018208913398, 018215254323, 182089133982, 1820891439890, 718122223923

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution12.3 MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.8 x 23.6mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast and phase detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera27 - 300mm

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 0-20
Exposure Metering3D color matrix II, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority, i-TTL Program Flash
Light SensitivityISO 200-3200
Light Sensitivity Max3200

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation, Front Sync Flash, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, flash exposure bracketing
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, IBM Microdrive, Microdrive, SD Card, SDHC Card

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeFixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.94x
Dioptric Correction Range-2 to +1

Dimensions
Depth2.9 in.
Height4.5 in.
Width5.8 in.
Weight29.1 Oz.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Display Size3"

Microphone
Microphone TypeWithout Built-in Microphone

Connections
Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control, USB to computer
Expansion Slot1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatDCF 2.0, DPOF, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, NEF (RAW), Raw Image, TIFF

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Anti-Dust Technology, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Direct Print, HDMI, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Not Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, Scene Recognition System (SRS), Text Input To Exif Header, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount

Miscellaneous
Special EffectsMonochrome, Neutral, Vivid
White BalanceAuto, Colour Temperature Adjust, Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset), Sunset (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed6 frames per second

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CNET Editors' reviewExcellent

  • THE GOOD

    Excellent performance and photo quality; solidly built; extremely flexible custom settings architecture; onboard wireless flash controller.

  • THE BAD

    A bit too expensive, given the competition.

  • 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.

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Created: 01/16/10

Incredible color, tone, highlights/shadow rendition: th

Since 2006 I have owned a D200 for serious shooting situations and I got a D40 in early '07 for everyday shots (an awesome camera - I give it SIX stars! - a whole separate review is needed!), and after hearing about the D300 release in late 2007 I debated over whether to get one. I was really happy with my D200, which I took on some overseas trips and it performed perfectly. After demo-ing a D300 in stores and reading some online reviews, I decided to take the plunge. It was a big investment but now I have no regrets - if not for the entire package, then for one thing: COLOR! Or one more thing: what Nikon calls 'Active D-Lighting' (translation: a significant change in the processor's realistic rendition of contrast, highlights, shadows, etc. - the entire package of "TONE"). Also - can an LCD rear-screen get any better than this?? In Jim Cramer-parlance I have to say that this model is definitely "best of breed".

Pluses and minuses: (note: edited every once in a while since I've used it for almost 6 months now and thousands of captures - last edit was done on 4/9/08)

PLUSES:

- Incredibly vivid, pleasingly, really surprisingly saturated color reminiscent of Velvia (high-saturation Fuji film used in slides, etc.) is now made possible by selecting the "Vivid" option in the "Picture Control" menu and cranking up the "Saturation" option - there are three levels beyond the default "0" - which sets it just about at the highest possible saturation that could be set in the D200. Even boring photos of things around the home, outside, etc. seem interesting and... well, exciting and vivid... with it set at +2 or +3 (although the +3 setting is a bit extreme for people photos, and renders their skin color a bit more intense than appears naturally). At the +3 setting even blase photos of ordinary things approach purposely-understated "art" in a MoMA-like way. For people I am finding Vivid+1 or Vivid+2 a bit more natural indoors with natural light, as the Vivid+3 saturates just a bit more than I prefer. Just like Velvia, these settings also do not warm the cool colors - one of the minuses of other cameras' 'vivid' settings - this is what's best (your cool blues, greys, greens, etc. stay cool, while the reds, yellows, oranges, bright blues/greens/etc. - watch out!) (Edited note: after about 3,000 shots I saw that indoors it might be best to do a manual white balance preset off a white wall or carpet or something and then shoot in vivid mode, since in the automatic WB mode the reds tend to get boosted quite a bit under typical indoor light and some of my subjects looked like they had a very dark suntan, or even a sunburn, in the middle of December! Careful with this... also tried standard - i.e. not vivid - color settings with +1 or +2 saturation, and these were very realistic, although the backgrounds can be dull if you're intent on vivid colors all-around. Maybe best to use those on portraits only. Try them all out and see what works best.)

- On-board so-called "Active D-Lighting" renders shadows and highlights in an very realistic manner, with no raising up of delicate shadow tones to mid-levels (as my outstanding, near-perfect-in-its-class Nikon D40 tends to do) - this really must be seen to be believed. Coupled with the color quality (and deep saturation noted above), the detail in the highlights is excellent. The D40/D200 have this feature in post-capture (i.e. you adjust the captured image yourself) but this seemed rather crude; her

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Created: 08/06/12

Still is one of the best buys out there in camera land.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I had sold my D90 and already had a D7000 and wanted to get me a better camera then the D90. I had the money to get me a Canon 7D or 50D or 60D or a Nikon D300 . After having read reviews of all my options ( I also considered Pentax and Sony ) and knowing that I already had a stable of Nikon lens I opted for the D300 . I expected the camera not to have the picture quality of my D7000 .
I got me a mint D300 , in almost new condition with only 3,000 + shutter actuations for 719 dollars , way lower at what the camera cost a few years ago . I wasn't interested in video as I have always said if you want video get yourself a camcorder , plus my hobby was photography , not video .
What really surprised me is that photo quality is just a shade lower then the D7000 ( the area where it is most notable is in dynamic range) , so low that photos taken with both cameras are for all intent equals except for cropping which having 16MP is much better then 12.
The built of the camera is superb . Sturdy , refined and with a very nice grip . But there are two areas where the camera is head and shoulder beyond the D7000 and that is metering and autofocusing . Metering is more consistent then the D7000 . The D7000 can blow high contrast areas if you are not careful in sunny days using matrix metering . You have to use center or spot in order to have more control in high contrast situations . With the D300 in matrix , under high contrast conditions photos come out great ( you can still blow up areas as you can with any camera it's just that the D300 is more accurate )
What really blew me away was the autofocusing system . It is extremely accurate and fast with stills or moving objects . It is uncanny in the way it tracks subjects , you press the shutter and you get a nicely focus photo . The autofocusing system in the D7000 is better then the D90 but no way as good as the D300 . Those 51 autofocusing points are really doing their job. The only thing I did not like in the D300 is it's live view capabilities which are rather primitive in comparison with the D7000 or even the D90 but that to me is not a consideration as I hardly ever use the live view for photography and when I do my camera is on my tripod . Considering the cost of a used D300 or D300S I don't think their is a better camera out there at that price that can compete with it . You can get a D300 for 700+ or a D300s for 800+ dollars . Heck, even at it's list price of 1,800 dollars it a good buy for the quality you are getting Pro built , excellent metering and state of the art focusing, at 700+ in mint conditions it is a steal !

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Created: 12/07/10

The D300 and updated D200

I have used both a D200 and D2xs for the last few years and enjoy both of these cameras very much, however after using a camera with a 3 inch monitor I decided it was time for an upgrade in this area. I have found the D300 to be an updated D200. The added pixels, dust cleaning feature, live view on the monitor and the great 3 inch monitor are all very nice additions. The fact that the basic controls are nearly identical to the D200 also make the transition easy. Only a quick skim through the 421 page manual was necessary to identify and learn changes. The D300 is not however in the same league as the D2xs for quality of build and overall feel. I still consider it an upper end camera for the advanced non-professional or a good back up for a pro. Since I am a non-professional it fits my needs very well.

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Created: 03/23/10

D300 - Professional quality in all respects

I moved up to the Nikon D300 after owning a D200 for about two years. Prior to the D200 I had a used Nikon DX1, which produced excellent images, but weighed a ton. I've been a photographer for more than 30 years and have always owned and used Nikon cameras and lenses. They have never let me down.

The D300 is huge advance over the D200. Better resolution, better low ISO performance and improved auto focus and metering functions. The camera fits my hand perfectly and all the controls are easy to reach and operate, even in low-light shooting situations.

I have a lot of money invested in Nikon pro lenses and the D300 really takes advantage of that high quality glass to produce superb images.

I considered moving to an FX body - D700, but I'm more than satisfied with the D300 for my professional and personal work and I'm planning to soon add another D300 body as a back-up. I also shoot professional video, but have no desire or need to have a video capture feature in my still camera.
The D300 meets all of my requirements. I also considered a D90, but I need the build quality of the D300 for a wide range of assignments.

The D300 is a bargain now and will be even cheaper as soon as Nikon announces the D400 to replace the D300s.

If price is a factor, consider a Nikon factory refurbished D300. You'll save some serious bucks.

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Created: 06/03/12

In a class of it's own. Well worth the investment.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Nikon D300 is an excellent choice for the camera buff that is looking for a little more than just the basic Digital SLR. I purchased the D300 after having been a D90 owner for more than two (2) years. The camera build is awesome and reminds me of my F3, F4s, F100, FM, FA, and other legacy Nikon film cameras. I am a guy, with larger hands and to me, it feels like a real camera from the past. The dials, buttons, and controls are laid out in a manner that makes changing settings easy. I would encourage potential purchasers to watch some of the videos that have been posted around the web by professional photographers that have been in the business for more than the last 10 years to hear their comments and reviews of the camera before purchasing.

In comparison with the Nikon D90 Digital SLR, there is not much difference when you first take a look at the camera but, when you delve into the controls and settings to configure the camera to suit you shooting habits you will find that there are items that are included on this body that were omitted from the famed D90. Do not get me wrong, I still am madly in love with my D90 but, the D300 has become the "Other Woman." I like having the ISO, White Balance and other controls at the touch of a button and not mixed with a lot of other settings. Having the ability to add my legacy manual focus lenses in a program and allowing me to shoot completely manual is a plus and a feature that is economically sound for me. I do not have to go out an purchase DX coded AF lenses to shoot some of my favorite lenses.

Both cameras are 12.3mp cameras and are very good at taking clean, crisp images. Since I shoot mostly RAW images, the advantage that the D90 has is that the cost of media is a lot less than the cost of media for the D300. In addition, being able to purchase larger sized media cards for less puts a plus in the column of the D90. In contrast, having the PC Sync port on the D300 is a plus over the D90 because I can simply use my hand held light meter, meter the scene and use my studio strobes via the PC Sync port. With the D90, I am back to using my Pocketwizards and doing a lot more calculations to get this shot that I am looking for from the D90.

All in all, I am very happy with both cameras and considering selling my D90 to purchase a second D300 as a backup camera. Either camera will serve the purpose of the up and coming professional or the advanced hobbits. Best of luck to you with your choice and keep shooting.

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