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Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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  • 12.3-megapixel captures enough detail for poster-size photo-quality prints
  • 3.0-inch LiveView LCD display; new 51-point AF system
  • In burst mode, shoots up to 100 shots at full 12.3-megapixel resolution
  • EXPEED Image Processing System and similar Scene Recognition System to that found in the D3
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit; magnesium alloy construction with rubber gaskets and seals
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit magnesium alloy construction with rubber gaskets and seals
  • EXPEED Image Processing System and similar Scene Recognition System to that found in the D3
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 25432
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.3 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 1.5 x
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  • Item Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VJX7DW
  • Item model number: 25432
  • Batteries 3 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 29, 2007

Product Description

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Engineered with pro-level features and performance, the 12.3-effective-megapixel D300 combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from Nikon's newly announced D3 professional digital SLR camera to offer serious photographers remarkable performance combined with agility.

Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikon's exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the camera's new features. The D300 features a new 51-point autofocus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as is found in the D3; it promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of autofocus, autoexposure, and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions.

The D300 reacts with lightning speed, powering up in a mere 0.13 seconds and shooting with an imperceptible 45-millisecond shutter release lag time. The D300 is capable of shooting at a rapid six frames per second and can go as fast as eight frames per second when using the optional MB-D10 multi-power battery pack. In continuous bursts, the D300 can shoot up to 100 shots at full 12.3-megapixel resolution. (NORMAL-LARGE image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV 1GB CompactFlash card.)

The D300 incorporates a range of innovative technologies and features that will significantly improve the accuracy, control, and performance photographers can get from their equipment. Its new Scene Recognition System advances the use of Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-segment sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help the camera determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed before a picture is taken. This information is used to improve the accuracy of autofocus, autoexposure, and auto white balance functions in the D300. For example, the camera can track moving subjects better and by identifying them, it can also automatically select focus points faster and with greater accuracy. It can also analyze highlights and more accurately determine exposure, as well as infer light sources to deliver more accurate white balance detection.

The D300 incorporates Nikon's new Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module that features an intelligent array of 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors. These sensors can either be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either nine, 21, or all 51 focus points. The system also features 3D tracking with automatic focus-point switching that takes advantage of all 51 AF points as it uses color and light information to accurately track the subject. Nikon's new Scene Recognition System and improved focus algorithms also contribute to the impressive performance of the new 51-point AF system.

Nikon's new Picture Control System makes it easy for users of all experience levels to select and apply adjustments to how their pictures are rendered and create optimized settings to suit their individual preferences. The same settings produce consistent picture tone, even when using different camera bodies. The Picture Control System offers four basic setting options--Standard, Neutral, Vivid, and Monochrome. These can be directly modified for easy adjustment and customization of image parameters, such as sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, and saturation. Photographers can customize and store up to nine customized options in the D300 and export up to 99 to a CF memory card, enabling photographers to share settings among multiple cameras that feature Picture Control System.

Taking a cue from the popularity of Nikon's D-Lighting technology, the D300 features a new Active D-Lighting mode that, when enabled, provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast. Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time can be shortened.

The D300's LiveView feature offers two modes for confirming subjects and composition on the new 920,000-dot, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor while shooting. The Tripod mode is designed for precise focus and accuracy when the camera is on a stable platform and the subject is not moving. In this mode, the camera focuses on the subject using focal-plane contrast and any point on the LCD screen can be selected as the focus point for the picture. The second mode, called Handheld mode, allows photographers to use the camera's conventional TTL focusing system with all 51-points and 15 cross-type points available. When using this mode, the camera activates focusing immediately when the shutter button is pressed to ensure accurate focus.

The D300 also employs a new self-cleaning sensor unit. Four different resonance frequencies vibrate the optical low-pass filter in front of the image sensor to shake particles free and reduce the appearance of dust.

Refined Ergonomics and Usability
The D300 inherits one of Nikon's most streamlined, functional, and aesthetically pleasing layouts in a digital SLR camera, designed to enable photographers to take pictures with less fatigue, greater accuracy, and comfort.

The camera's viewfinder provides virtually 100 percent coverage so pictures can be framed accurately, while an ultra-high definition 920,000 dot VGA LCD screen on the rear of the camera displays images with vivid color and clarity. Its 170-degree wide viewing angle makes it easy to compose shots using the LCD screen in LiveView mode.

The D300 features rugged magnesium alloy construction and the camera's shutter mechanism is tested up to 150,000 cycles. The 3.0-inch LCD is strengthened with tempered glass and the D300's rubber gaskets and seals protect vulnerable entry points from dust and moisture.

What's in the box
Nikon D300 digital SLR body, EN-EL3e rechargeable li-ion battery, MH-18a quick charger, UC-E4 USB cable, EG-D100 video cable, AN-D300 strap, BM-8 LCD monitor cover, body cap, DK-5 eyepiece cap, DK-23 rubber eyecup, Software Suite CD-ROM

Product Description

Engineered with pro-level features and performance, the 12.3-effective-megapixel D300 combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from Nikon's newly announced D3 professional digital SLR camera to offer serious photographers remarkable performance combined with agility.Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikon's exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the camera's new features. The D300 features a new 51-point autofocus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as is found in the D3 , it promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of autofocus, autoexposure, and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions.

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Picture quality is very good and I still need to figure out how to shoot real excellent shots. Read more ›
You will read all about this camera in many other reviews. I just want to say that color is accurate, Build quality is awesome, User friendly. Very little nose at high ISO. Read more ›
I purchased this camera body about 6 months ago and have nothing but good things…Since then I have added a 24-70 mm lens as well as a 14-24 mm and the results are amazing. Read more ›
I didn't have the grip (still getting used to the way that feels), and at 6fps I…I took the camera out on a boat a couple of weeks ago and again the results were amazing. Read more ›
WOW, I took 25 +- pictures at a wonderful park across the street from the hotel I was staying, and ALL of the pictures were wonderful! Wonderful in the sense they weren't… Read more ›
I have had this camera for 8 months now and it is absolutely fantastic. I have done landscape, head shots, interiors and macro, the results are outstanding. The lens on my… Read more ›
The super large display and level of…The controls are nicely placed to have everything literally at your fingertips and once used to whats where makes adjustments easy. I… Read more ›
I came up…Sure the main highlight features are nice but its all of the other stuff that you do not see in the description list like How to use it to its fullest potential. Read more ›
A…Once you read about the functions, you are good to go and it actually does help you become a better photographer as you have more control and input on your picture taking. Read more ›
Since I was upgrading from a d80, I decided to go for the better camera - and I couldn't be happier. The in-camera controls are great and allow for quick adjustments. It… Read more ›
Lastly, having the flash commander mode was wonderful. I used in with a remote SB600 without issue. Read more ›
A custom setting is very easy and can be made fine adjustment later. Read more ›
I was amazed and happy to have made my first shots with D300. The color saturation is just amazing! I couldn't believe I made those. Read more ›
I expected some improvement over my D200 but so far it has been much more than I expected! The color is far greater! I really think that Nikon has done their homework on… Read more ›
3. Images are extremely sharp and the color rendition is incredible. Read more ›
3" LCD. It's not color accurate, but colors are GREAT for a camera LCD and it's obviously great for exposure and details. ZOOM control on this is lightning fast, too! Read more ›
I had a Nikon D 70S and really liked it, but there is no comparison to the D 300. The colors are extremely vivid. I find the camera very easy to use; it can be used by anyone. Read more ›
I have had the D300 since the first day of release. The color set is truly beautiful. I have tried Vivid +2 or 3 with other cameras for brilliant color. Read more ›
The photos so far from this camera are outstanding. The focus is superb!! For those of you who don't know, the D300 has a 51point focusing system just like the high end… Read more ›
5) You can zoom way in on images when viewing them 6) The Autofocus system is just awesome. 51 points and color. Read more ›
The latter of these is…Normal 51 point focus is good for wider shots and you will only see the focus points when they light up after pushing the shutter release half way. Read more ›
As for photo quality, it is clearly more superior with noise reduction performing beautifully - especially when you shoot at ISO 1600. Its autofocusing system is much faster. Read more ›
Rarely does it under or overexpose an image. Autofocus is both quick and accurate. It really makes taking high-quality pictures easy. Read more ›
D-lighting works very well. Focusing is fast and accurate. Excellent build quality. Read more ›
Fortunately, I'm not a pro, so getting the best isn't as important to me as…On top of that, the Nikon pro-sumer lineup of lenses is far nicer than the Canon consumer group. Read more ›
I would buy it all over again. The auto-focus "fine-tune" feature for different lenses has been great. It is alot heavier than the d80, but you adjust quickly to the… Read more ›
You don't need to do much about it. With my 18-200 VR lens, it is extremely well with low-lighting situation. handling is very convenient. Read more ›
More options for photography that I'm looking to do and I…I still need to learn it a bit better but have been really happy with the quality combined with my nice lenses. Read more ›
Pro Nikon lenses can be had fairly cheap. (prime lenses, and USED pro…50mm 1.8 can be had for around $100 - so like I said great lenses can be had for less then you think. Read more ›
Put the extra money towards good lenses, like constant-aperture zoom lenses, or fast primes; alternatively, consider buying a high-quality tripod, one that you would feel… Read more ›
Love it compared to my d70 many pro features that the newer camera have but a few not built in. Many accessories and fairly easy to use if you invest in reading the manual. I… Read more ›
Great for what I need. love the weight and the way it feels when…Been shooting with a d5000 and this is much easier to use when you need to change your settings on the fly. Read more ›
The pictures you take will make you feel like a pro with the very…The menu is so easy to use that it makes ease of changing and getting exactly what you're looking for. T… Read more ›
But if you want to make the…Some tools are also easier to use and some are built to last longer - camera bodies are no exception - you see the difference in the price tag. Read more ›
The very low noise high ISO and 51-point AF system made this machine a must to own. The controls are so easy to use and quick to make any adjustment you want. They are all… Read more ›
Build quality is fantastic. The manual, though 421 pages long (!), is well written and easy to use. My d300 came with Nikon CaptureNX, which has a few annoying interface… Read more ›
New features like "Live View" are very useful. The large LCD screen is crisp and clear and great for seeing if your pictures are in perfect focus. All in all, this is a… Read more ›
Anyway, back to the D300 - The display is gorgeous - HUGE compared to the Canon 20D. The image processing is superb: low noise until ISO 1600, but the noise that is there… Read more ›
L…FPS is great- even without the MB-D10 battery pack, LCD is incredibly clear and bright even during midday sun and Nikon has improved basic navigation of menus and settings. Read more ›
The large LCD display is much brighter an easier to see than that of the D200 and the addition of 'Live View", the ability to see through the lens on the LCD screen, makes… Read more ›
Having a high-res LCD is great! You can zoom in closely to check focus, and it is in general great for reviewing your pictures. Read more ›
It makes previewing your shots a pleasure. The LCD screen is bright enough even to view in sunlight. -long battery life, you can shoot all day long, and still have some… Read more ›
What surprised me more is that…Adorama didn't tell me that (I don't want to blame adorama, because, again, the price is good, they are professional and know how to price). Read more ›
I am glad I found this. fantastic product great value for the price l would recommend this to any one, product worked as advertise Read more ›
This is an excellent camera at an excellent price. The customer service was great. Read more ›
My only regret is that I didn't wait a…Otherwise, sweet camera and, if you search around, you can find a Nikon-refurb model for under $1000, which is an outstanding value. Read more ›
Fantastic camera, everything and more that I expected at the best available price and with prompt shipment. I am very satisfied with the purchase. Read more ›
Update: the problems have now been resolved - the performance of the camera is exceptional at this price point. Read more ›
And, I don't need the video feature…The D700's much better noise handling at high ISO's would be nice, but the D300's noise handling works really well with 99% of my shots. Read more ›
I am very impressed with the wide exposure latitute this camera offers (if I use that term correctly having used…The noise reduction is as good as they said it would be. Read more ›
this camera produces the most realistic and artistic file grain I have every seen. Noise is very beautifully rendered. Images are usable even at ISO as high as 3200. Read more ›
I usually have some levels and saturation to adjust in Photoshop, but most of the shots I've been…Shooting in low light just got amazing and lots of fun, hardly any noise! Read more ›
I am a professional photojournalist, the D300 is simply the finest quality with it's incredible low noise at high ISO, speed, durability, trueness to color, sharpness, etc.… Read more ›
ISO 1600 is usable. I viewed images on my 20" Imac at full screen and noise was very minimal. My D200 maxes out at a noisy 800. Read more ›
Nikon has an awesome user interface and I easily upgraded from a D200 which was a fine camera but didn't have the higher ISO feature, and auto ISO works great, not like… Read more ›
The D300 is without a doubt leaps and bounds ahead of the D200 and their competitors. The high ISO is great, and auto white balance more accurate. It is without a doubt the… Read more ›
I shot a few pictures of sports, and it worked flawlessly with my 70-200 2.8 vr lens. Finally, the ISO performance at high ISOs is unbelievable. On my d200, I can shoot up… Read more ›
ISO, noise: The noise at high ISO is outstanding. When I purchased the D80 I found myself very often wanting to shoot in lowlight conditions and I got a [[ASIN:B00015GYU4… Read more ›
the shutter release takes a little getting used to and…the high iso performance is great however if you are looking for unbelievable high iso performance look at the D3. Read more ›
The D300 is a usable camera. First, the noise has been greatly improved at higher ISOs. I shoot a lot of available light and indoors, and I no longer fear going over 400… Read more ›
+ Flash commander is nice, lots of AF options are nice, lens tuning if you need it, great high-res screen on the back. The AF is great once you learn the nuances of the… Read more ›
So glad I bought it!! I was not a big fan of compact flash, but it has grown on me since I bought this camera. You will not be disappointed! Read more ›
3. Top Shutter Speed (1/8000 vs. 1/4000) 4. Compact Flash Cards vs. SDHC 5. Better AF Detection (51 points vs. 11) Read more ›
Then there is the fact that the D300 uses compact flash cards which are more reliable than SDHC cards and far, far easier to handle as they are large and don't have exposed… Read more ›
The camera will be happiest with high speed compact flash cards - Extreme IV's, Ducati's, or other cards of that ilk. Slow cards, especially if one is capturing NEF+jpg… Read more ›
The other drawbacks include I'm taking so many photos with this great camera that I'm quickly running out of memory on the 4 GB Compact Flash card and have to buy multiple… Read more ›
The…The controls and buttons are well placed and easy to use, and if you've used other Nikon DSLRs, you'll find the D300 controls quite familiar with few exceptions. Read more ›
It is easy to use for a professional DSLR. The buttons are placed well on the camera body. It's a fun camera to use and performs great for everything that I have put it… Read more ›
Very nice and quick to use. All the buttons are easy to memorize. I rarely have to take my eye away from the viewfinder. Read more ›
The buttons are well placed and eliminates me from having to go into the menus as often and even then, the My Menu function allows me to add my favotire functions to my own… Read more ›
- High-speed, machine-gun, rapid-fire shooting. - Menu system, user interface is much improved - a real joy to use. Read more ›
Surprisingly, I find it easier to use effectively…The ability to change functions by buttons, switches and levers as well as custom menus makes the operation almost easy. Read more ›

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788 of 827 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on November 29, 2007
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).
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343 of 358 people found the following review helpful By Tom Iancu on November 29, 2007
Until recently I had a D80 and I also wrote a review about it. So I think it would be useful for you, D80 owners and D300 prospect buyers, to have some clues about what this D300 is about from a former D80 user. I will update my review as I'll be getting into more and more of this camera.

First noticeable difference is the size. The D300 is bigger and heavier than the D80, but the size it is not a problem for mid-sized hands like mine are. About weight: I bought a neoprene strap some time ago for my D80. I use it also on the D300. The strap which is included with the camera is a bit too rough for my skin and the weight of camera can be a real pain if you carry it on too long. Any neoprene strap will do, just choose one which is a bit more elastic and has a smooth internal layer (touch it, it is important to do that BEFORE you buy it).

You won't notice any important difference in the feeling of the grip size, although it is a bit bulkier, because the body has been reshaped in the back of the camera so it is easy to hold it even with one hand. On the back, there is a handy AF-ON button which is completely in the reach of your thumb and the AE-L/ AF-L button is not far from it either. The body has a rubbery feel which is different than the D80 (more plastic) and lays comfortable in your hands giving you the sensation of a good grip.

Controls: One thing that annoys most photographers is to have to lower the camera from their eyes very often when they change some settings. You will not have a mode dial, like in D80, just a button and only 4 modes that will be displayed in the viewfinder; this is a pro camera, the amateur-like modes (portrait, night etc) are gone.
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227 of 242 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Green on December 7, 2007
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Before the D300 (and, sooner rather than later, the D3) I'd been giving serious thought to switching to Canon gear. I'd seen what the Canon 5D could do with sharpness and color--results I just couldn't get out of my Nikon D200. When Nikon announced the D300 and D3, I was skeptical. The D3 looked great, but is out of my price range for now. And the D300 seemed, at best, an evolutionary improvement over the D200.

But I have an awful lot of money invested in Nikon gear, so I figured I'd give the D300 a shot. After all, I could always return it to Amazon for a full refund.

First impression? The D300 is anything but evolutionary--it's a full-scale revolution for Nikon, and it's forever banished thoughts of Canon from my mind.

Just shooting around the house, I find that the D300 can render colors, even true-looking, vibrant reds, like nothing short of Fuji's super-best Velvia film. Soon I'l turn it loose at Garden of the Gods and we'll see what it can really do. Best of all, the D300 can produce wild colors *and* natural skin tones--in the same shot! I don't understand how that's possible, since jacking up a camera's color vibrancy usually ruins people's skin. But Nikon has done it.

I'm especially fond of Nikon's menus and user controls. They're much more intuitive than Canon, at least to me. And even though there is a wealth of new features compared to the D200, I've managed to discover them all--and learn them all--without ever once cracking open the user's manual. Talk about intuitive!

About those new features... wow! Multi-level zoom on the back screen, so you'll never doubt whether your shots are in focus or not. The screen itself is huge, and features the highest pixel density of any LCD screen anywhere.
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