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Nikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)

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  • 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for high resolution, low-noise images
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  • Nikon EXPEED image processing; D-Movie HD Video for cinematic 24 fps, 720p HD movie clips
  • 3-inch Super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCD; one-button Live View
  • Capture images to CF (Type I) and SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Style: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 4.5 x 5.8 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B002JCSV6M
  • Item model number: 25464
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,750 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 29, 2009

Product Description

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The rugged D300S' hallmarks include versatility, speed, agility and exceptional image quality. Versatility is its 12.3-megapixel, DX-format CMOS image sensor, with Nikon EXPEED image processing that captures stunning low-noise stills and extraordinary 24 fps, 720p HD video with sound. Speed is split-second startup and continuous shooting at up to 7 fps-8 fps with the optional MB-D10 grip, which also extends shooting capacity and makes shooting more comfortable. Accurate image review, Live View shooting and Menus come alive on a 3-inch tempered glass-protected, 920k-dot LCD monitor, while image quality is bolstered by a 51-area AF system and Nikon's 1,005-pixel RGB exposure sensor, in concert with the newly accelerated Scene Recognition System technology that increases exposure and AF accuracy, improves white balance detection, and more. Photographers have preferences, and the D300S offers choices--including Picture Control, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering, user-assignable CompactFlash and SD card slots and an external stereo microphone input. Included is Nikon ViewNX software--ready to process rich 14-bit NEF (RAW) or JPEG files. For more editing power, optional Capture NX 2, with U-Point technology, safeguards image quality and speeds workflow. The D300S' pro-level performance, paired with world-famous Nikkor lenses, was engineered to exceed the expectations of demanding photographers.

Nikon D300s Highlights

12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
Delivers stunning high resolution, low-noise images with striking detail and tonal gradation.

Continuous Shooting up to 7 fps
High speed shooting and fast response is essential to versatile performance in a wide variety of shooting disciplines.

Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
Drives breathtakingly rich image fidelity, low noise and fast image processing.

D-Movie HD Video
Capture cinematic 24 fps, 720p HD movie clips, enhanced by Nikkor interchangeable lens quality and versatility—featuring stereo Mic input and AF
D300S Image Sensor
D300S LCD Display
3-inch Super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCD Monitor
Every monitor is factory-calibrated to assure accurate color for critical still image review and Live View or D-Movie shooting.

One-button Live View
Handheld and Tripod Live View modes, activated with one button, for challenging studio and remote shooting conditions.

Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 3200
Additional expanded ISO settings of Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) and Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) extend versatility to match shooting requirements.

Fast, Accurate 51-point Autofocus
Features 4 Dynamic AF modes including 3D Focus Tracking for precise autofocus and razor sharp images.
Dual memory card slots (CF and SD)
Assign card functions from a variety of storage options, optimizing available memory and file handling.

1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon's unique RGB metering is the only sensor that also evaluates color information when determining exposures with remarkable accuracy.

Scene Recognition System
Referencing an onboard image database and teamed with RGB metering, SRS enables even more sophisticated determination of exposures and auto white balance, along with faster, more accurate autofocus.

Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
Ultrasonic process combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality.

D300S Dual Card Slots
D300S Sample Image
Nikon's Active D-Lighting
Optimizes shadow and highlight detail in real time--selectable values and 5-frame ADL bracketing offer complete control.

Picture Control
Select from 4 preset image capture preferences (Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, plus 9 user-customizable settings) controlling Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Hue.

In-Camera Image Editing
Exclusive in-camera image editing, featuring Edit move, D-Lighting, Image Overlay, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) processing and more.

Rugged and Durable
The strength and precision of magnesium-alloy construction with advanced dust and moisture countermeasures is teamed with a shutter mechanism test to beyond 150,000 cycles for real-world reliability.

100% Viewfinder Accuracy

Virtual Horizon Graphic Level Indicator

Up to 950 shots per EN-EL3e battery charge
Shoot as many 2,950 shots with the body's EN-EL3e battery installed and the optional MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack with an EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.
*Based on CIPA standards/guidelines
D300S Body Construction

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Nikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only) - 25464

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Got it in 3 days, well packaged, the camera is actually a new one, tried ISO3200 and the quality of image is very good. Read more ›
This camera is a big improvement over the D200 which is what I…The picture quality is amazing and you can crop really far into a picture before it becomes pixelated. Th… Read more ›
Picture quality has been great! However, i've always been a firm believer that aside from the camera the lens plays a major role in picture quality. Read more ›
I've been using this thing for years. I'm a professional wedding photographer, and it's a workhorse and I abuse it. It's taken a beating, but it does the trick. Read more ›
If your looking for a mid- level camera to grow into this is…I can't speak to all the techno sutff but I can speak to consistantly terrific shots and absolute reliability. Read more ›
u…update: I have now upgraded my lenses and this thing takes fantastic shots....with ease....set up your custom shooting menus and modify on the fly and get great shots..... Read more ›
I'm a true convert on the D300s and feel confident that I won't miss another…BTW ... I am a Sigma lens convert and all of the Sigma lens work flawlessly with the D300s. A… Read more ›
18-200 lens: This lens is a great walk-around lens and actually pretty compact, considering how flexible your focal length is. VR is amazing and the lens shoots very nice… Read more ›
As well, the 18 to 200mm VR lens is excellent and produces great handheld images under difficult conditions such as speed and low light level. Read more ›
1) The…2) HD video with interchangable lenses is great for stationary shots and "testing" but essentially useless for real-life applications (filming children...). Get… Read more ›
It makes you play and have fun with the camera and make you forget about your subject. If used with a great lens it'll make you smile non-stop. Read more ›
I'm using it with a bunch of lenses, also purchased here in Amazon a year ago, like 18-200mm, Micro Nikkor 105mm, 50mm and 18-135mm and looking to buy the spectacular lens… Read more ›
I easily get professional (saleable) 13 x19" prints working through…The D300s' many focus, white balance and color modes are a great help in a rapidly changing shoot. I… Read more ›
best DX camera ever!! Not for the "Auto" shooter, full manual modes and fully configurable to your taste, bought it as soon as it hit the stores in 2009 and is my… Read more ›
I have had Nikons for years and this is the best model I have had. One day I will need to get a flash unit that works with the D300S Read more ›
Crisp, clear photos. It has a quiet mode among many other fantastic options. I use this camera for my business - [...] Read more ›
The 300s is one of the better cameras I…I could go into a novel of features but instead I will list a few (most of which are NOT available on the D300)of the BEST FEATURES: Read more ›
I'm not good with change and that's just what a move from the…Not only in the software functions but the functionality and bells and whistles that the D300S comes with. I… Read more ›
I found D300s a fantastic camera, easy to use for advanced amateurs and…The video capability is fantastic, and its power consumption is low so the battery lasts a lot. I… Read more ›
It is a little disappointing the Sensor is still the old one like the D90 but it is still much…The video feature is less useful than one would think, but its nice to have. Read more ›
You can make it happen if you buy an…The video is nice and I will use it on occasion but it certainly won't replace my HD Sony when I want to shoot quality HD video. Th… Read more ›
Its a very fast and accurate machine in all its functions, wonderful image quality and small learning curve, I can see a difference in the…The video is a nice addition. C… Read more ›
The camera is extremely well built, it is responsive, and the quality of the…The video is a great attribute but it needs some tweaking if you want to improve your footage. Read more ›
All in all, if you are looking for the best still DSLR in this price range, The D300s is it. If you are looking for good video capabilities as well, look at the Canons. Righ… Read more ›
I bought this camera back when it…My first dslr was the D90 but it wasn't until this D300s that I was blown away buy the powerful focusing system with its 51 pts of focus. Read more ›
I still…AF is still great, and the af fine-tune is really useful for calibrating focus on large-aperture lenses like the 50mm 1.8 D lens and the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS. I… Read more ›
The D300s is the best camera in the DX format available today. The camera is extremely accurate and fast in autofocus mode and shoots a fast 6 fps. Compared to D90 or… Read more ›
Easy to approach…The only drawback I have noticed - it will take picture immediately when you push the shutter to the bottom even if it has not finished perfect focus. I… Read more ›
The bottom line is this: If you're often dealing with fast-moving subjects, then the very fast focus and the machine-gun like 7 frames per second capability of the D300s… Read more ›
First, one of the things that drove me crazy with the D40 was having to navigate menus to change key settings like the meter, autofocus type, autofocus method. With the… Read more ›
For all those familiar with digital SLR cameras, there is no…I do wish to say that I found this camera more user-friendly and for me at least easier to use than my D100. Read more ›
Somehow this Camera manages to work much better than you will expect. Menu structure is easy to understand & much easy to use (if you have used D90 then it's much easier). A… Read more ›
I bought the D300 for myself and the D90 for my son. The D90 is smaller, lighter and easier to use. More often than not, when I am going out to shoot, I take the D90 since… Read more ›
I love the camera. It's fast, easy to use and provides plenty of personalizing the functions to suit my needs. Read more ›
- The layout and functions are quite intuitive and easy to use so it wasn't hard to get the hang of it (and a good guide book really helps). Read more ›
The other improvements have proved to be fun and useful. I like the new door over the data cards, easier to use that the D300 lever. The new location of the live view… Read more ›
Knowing the sensor and megapixels will change when the new Nikon…One great camera, great price, rugged and tough, and perfect balance for use with heavy and long lenses. Read more ›
This is my workhorse, excellent camera. Great value. Very, very thankful. Read more ›
A half year later I bought a second hand D300s at a very good price. - What made me choose the D300s now? Read more ›
Still learning how to use all the great features. I got an awesome price from Amazon. Saved almost $400 when I bought the camera and lens together. Read more ›
E…I have also owned and shot with every other camera mentioned here: all are excellent and I believe all can be considered good values for the money spent in today's market. Read more ›
I borrowed a D700 for a weekend and still prefer the D300s. Amazon had the best price, no tax and no delivery charge. Amazon & Nikon is a winning team! Read more ›
7 fps vs 6 fps top burst speed (8 fps for both with battery grip) Slightly faster AF performance Dual CF Type I and SD card slots vs single CF Type I/II Read more ›
In the end, I decided to keep it. It is a powerful and a versatile camera with excellent low noise performance. Once the internal settings are optimized, Image quality is… Read more ›
Great image quality for an asp-c sensor. I was also impressed by the ISO performance. I moved to full-frame and this body still has a place in my bag. Read more ›
I was impressed with the overall performance of this camera, although I wouldn't recommend it for the technically challenged. The camera is an easy transition for Nikon… Read more ›
I've owned Nikons almost since they were first available here and I've always been happy with the performance of their cameras. But this is the first time I've been… Read more ›
I have upgraded from d90 due to the dual card capability and the faster frame per second. I'm very happy with the performance. However, the function of the preview… Read more ›
High ISO that was good for the day but now is so-so. My main objection is at 2000 and above or in dim lighting you start getting muddy colors and yellow blotches. Read more ›
Surprisingly, it's been the camera I reach for…I find it operates just as fast and focuses just as quick as my D700 and the Hi 1 aspect of ISO sensitivity is just awesome! Read more ›
I have to say that I'm completely blown away by the quality difference between the…The high ISO sensitivity is quite impressive and is even surprisingly good at ISO 3200! Read more ›
The two cameras are not even a close comparison. The D300s is faster in every category and has great high iso noise reduction, especially for a DX sized sensor. Read more ›
The image quality is best in it's class. Compared to the Canon 7D the Nikon D300s gives sharper pictures with less noise and great detail over iso 400. The 7D photos to my… Read more ›
The ability to shoot many frames per second and the auto focus system being able to keep up with it was beyond my own…The picture quality and low level noise was nice. I… Read more ›
The two cameras are not even a close comparison. The D300s is faster in every category and has great high iso noise reduction, especially for a DX sized sensor. Read more ›
In the end, I decided to keep it. It is a powerful and a versatile camera with excellent low noise performance. Once the internal settings are optimized, Image quality is… Read more ›
I do lots of manual shooting, but also took many shots in P-mode with exceptional…Color rendition is great and noise is minimal, even at ISO800 on some of the indoor shots. Read more ›
1) the ISO sensitivity - it's true that the ISO sensitivity is better & an improvement…If you don't like noises, it's better option to buy D700 or any full-frame cameras. Read more ›
Where the D300s always gives a natural film like quality to it's images. The color, contrast, sharpness, and exposure all seem much better to me on the D300s than the 7D. Read more ›
I do lots of manual shooting, but also took many shots in P-mode with exceptional results and perfect exposure. Color rendition is great and noise is minimal, even at… Read more ›
All controls exposed positioned on the right place. Love the B&W exposure as well. Read more ›
Then go to the "Custom Setting Menu" (the pencil) on your D300s and change "e3" "flash cntrl for built-in flash" to the Commander mode and set to channel 3, and pop up your… Read more ›
After purchasing a Nikon D300s you will only be limited by your lens…This body is well-built and sufficiently weather sealed to work well with my outdoor/adventure work. Read more ›
The camera is a bit heavier, but you're moving into a more solid body compared to the intros and and even the middle grade D90. The ability to use remote flashes and take… Read more ›
This is a very good body, it is very important to learn how to use it. I HIGHLY recommend this body as a DX (APS-C) platform, the only advise I can give you is to read the… Read more ›
I like the camera body, but very disappointed that so many of the nikon lenses don't work with this camera. I should have researched that first. Read more ›

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554 of 567 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Neve on December 7, 2009
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Hello everybody, My name is Daniel and I am about as serious as you can be and still be considered "amateur". I have been taking photos on SLR's since I was 10 years old on an old film Minolta and I bought my first DSLR (a Nikon D50) and since then I have owned everything from a base line Canon XSi all the way up to the the best camera I have ever handled... the D300s. I have operated the D3, D3s, D3x and the top of the line professional $10k Canons, and this is still my favorite ALL AROUND camera. So here is the break down to why I love this camera and I will give you a list of pros and cons. I love this camera for many reasons... [...]... not many people can justify spending another $4,000 (2-3 times the money) when they are looking to spend around $1,500- $2,000 for a good DSLR. So here is the benefits that I see to D300s over the other great Nikon models.

1. if you are into sports the D300s has a higher continuous frame rate than other models including the ever so popular full frame D700. With it's DX sensor it has a crop factor of 1.5 which means more bang for you buck when using a telephoto zoom lens. If you purchase the MB-D10 battery pack it will shoot at even higher speeds of 8fps when using continuous shooting and also allows for up to nearly 5,000 pictures to be taken on one charge (when upgraded battery is purchased). With 51 auto-focus and 3-D tracking you are almost guaranteed to have your subject in focus every time you take a picture. The D300s also features Active D Lighting which makes to so your pictures end up properly exposed so you don't end up with areas of under and over exposure which tend to be common in sports and in shadowy landscape photography

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594 of 643 people found the following review helpful By Lon J. Seidman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2009
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This is a tough review because this camera is so excellent as a still device and easily earns five stars. However, if you're currently a D300 owner looking to upgrade for this camera's new video capabilities you will be disappointed. The unfortunate 'rolling shutter' problem that plagues the video feature on the D90 exists on the new D300s too.

There's a host of technical reasons for this (the CMOS sensor is to blame) but the bottom line for those looking for a great still and video camera should probably not rely on the D300S to be the 'holy grail' of sub $2000 "prosumer" cameras just yet. There is software out there to correct these issues, but it is a bit disappointing that Nikon didn't address this in firmware. Watch my video to see more.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Carpenter on March 18, 2010
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There are plenty of very good comprehensive reviews here of the D300S here already, so I'm instead of posting another I'm going to attempt to focus on what I see as some of the pros and cons of the D300S versus other camera bodies in the Nikon line-up. The D300S has essentially identical image quality to the $500 D5000 and the now quite old (in DSLR terms) D300 and D90; and it remains a small-format DX camera while the next step up in price gets you a full-frame D700. Even so, my personal choice for the majority of my photography is a D300S rather than any of those alternatives. I have also owned and shot with every other camera mentioned here: all are excellent and I believe all can be considered good values for the money spent in today's market. Perhaps some readers would find my perspective useful.

As far as I'm concerned, image quality from Nikon DSLRs has really been quite excellent at least since the introduction of the D70. Of course there have been all kinds of incremental improvements since then, but comparing anything since the D70 to the funky highlights produced by the earlier D100, for example, makes it clear that we have long since reached the point of diminishing returns when it comes to real, visible improvements in DSLR image quality. In terms of the finer points it will continue to improve, but whether you buy a D5000, a D300S or a D700, the differences between the images you can make with the camera are going to be tiny compared with the differences in how you can use it - with the exception of the FX-vs-DX field of view, which is very important.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Kevin T. Nguyen-tu on September 8, 2009
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Bought this camera recently to replace the many years, but still trusty Nikon D200. Took both of them on a road trip recently and was extremely please with the Nikon D300s. The auto focus was super fast and accurate. The video feature was a nice bonus. While I wouldn't use it often, it does come in handy when I want to illustrate to my friends and families certain scenic views I come across.

The ability to shoot many frames per second and the auto focus system being able to keep up with it was beyond my own expectation. The picture quality and low level noise was nice. I was able to do ISO-1600 perfectly where I couldn't before using D200.

Highly recommend this camera to anyone. [...]
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Eskrimador1 on September 29, 2009
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I recently upgraded from the D80 to the D300s. I was actually saving up for the 300 and they released the 300s. This is the top of the line DX camera from Nikon which is loaded with features. I can't compare the 300 to the 300s and you can go on line to sites like Ken Rockwell to see a break down comparison. However, compared to my old D80 this camera was a big upgrade.

With the purchase of this camera I was quickly forced to learn more about photography and after about 3 weeks or so I can now say that I have a good understanding of the camera it's features and settings. The D80 has pre programmed shooting settings e.g. (landscape, nightshot, portrait, Auto etc.) which automatically sets everything for you. This camera really forces you to learn about photography. ISO's WB, shutter speed, aperature etc. If you are looking for a more user friendly camera with pre programmed setting I would go with the D90. If you want a more serious enthusiast to pro level camera than the D300s is your choice.

The D300s also has a video mode which in my opinion isn't half bad. However, if video is not that important to you I would go with a used D300 which you can probably get a great deal on. I've taken some video with this camera and the mic is very sensitive. I wouldn't try using the video for recording live shows which I did. Even at low sensitivity mic settings I had problems with the sound. The good thing is the 300s has an external mic connection. I believe the D90 does not. I haven't experimented with this feature.

Picture quality has been great! However, i've always been a firm believer that aside from the camera the lens plays a major role in picture quality. If you want superb pics I suggest investing in good lenses.
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