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Nikon D300s 12.3MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens
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Overall score: 82%
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- 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for high resolution, low-noise images3
- Includes AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens
- 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 SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||950 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.3 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector|
|Focus Description||Multi-CAM3500 FX Phase detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||200 - 3200 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 - 6400 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.49 x 2.91 x 5.79 inches|
|Item Weight||2.07 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||12 grams|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.846 grams|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,288|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Optional, wired or wireless|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Comprehensive Dust Reduction System|
|Shipping Weight||8.3 pounds|
|Style Name||With 18-200mm Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
|Weather Resistance||Water and dust resistant|
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|Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Max Resolution||12.3||24.2 MP||24.1 MP||24.2 MP|
|Iso Range||200 - 3200 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 - 6400 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)||ISO 100 - 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)||Auto, 100-25600, expands to 102400 (black and white only)|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7||5||6||6|
|Wireless Communication Technology||EyeFi||Yes||Yes||BuiltIn|
|Item Weight||2.07 pounds||0.95 pounds||1.69 pounds||1.49 pounds|
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Review summary from DPReview
A relatively minor upgrade to one of the defining cameras of the semi-pro sector adds a useful HD video mode and a wealth of minor improvements that improve the already excellent handling. Although the D300S has stronger competition than its predecessor, it still manages to impress, as do the images it produces.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
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.
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
One-button Live View
Handheld and Tripod Live View modes, activated with one button, for challenging studio and remote shooting conditions.
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.
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.
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.
Dual memory card slots (CF and SD)
Assign card functions from a variety of storage options, optimizing available memory and file handling.
Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
Ultrasonic process combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality.
Select from 4 preset image capture preferences (Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, plus 9 user-customizable settings) controlling Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Hue.
Nikon's Active D-Lighting
Optimizes shadow and highlight detail in real time--selectable values and 5-frame ADL bracketing offer complete control.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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
2.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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.
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. [...]
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.Read more ›
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