Nikon D300S

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Highly Recommended
Reviewed: Nov 2009
User reviews (31)
4.52
Amazon reviews (115)
4.50
12.3 megapixels | 3″ screen | APS-C sensor

The Nikon D300S is a relatively minor update to the D300 – the leading APS-C DSLR of its day. It’s based around an updated, video-capable version of the 12MP CMOS sensor used in its predecessor. It offers a very slightly revised control layout and improved continuous shooting rate. The biggest change is the addition of the ability to shoot 720p24 HD movies (MJPEG). Beyond that it retains the rugged build, excellent 51-point AF system and 100% coverage viewfinder that made the D300 such a pleasure to work with. Improvements in sensor technology and Nikon’s re-jigging of its lineup mean it is no longer the stand-out camera it once was.

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Announced: Jul 30, 2009

Specifications

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 4288 x 2848 ?
Other resolutions 3216 x 2136, 2144 x 1424 ?
Image ratio w:h 3:2 ?
Effective pixels 12.3 megapixels ?
Sensor photo detectors 13.1 megapixels ?
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) ?
Sensor type CMOS ?
Processor Expeed
Image
ISO 200 – 3200 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 – 6400 with boost) ?
White balance presets 12 ?
Custom white balance Yes (5) ?
Image stabilization No ?
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic ?
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
?
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes ?
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Focal length multiplier 1.5× ?
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed ?
Screen size 3″ ?
Screen dots 920,000 ?
Touch screen No
Screen type Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes ?
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) ?
Viewfinder coverage 100 % ?
Viewfinder magnification 0.94× ?
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec ?
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec ?
Aperture priority Yes ?
Shutter priority Yes ?
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive Yes (7 fps) ?
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ?
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 or 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired) ?
Videography features
Format
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (24 fps), 320 x 240 (24 fps)
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC ?
Storage included None ?
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) ?
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C) ?
Wireless EyeFi ?
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack ?
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger ?
Battery Life (CIPA) 950 ?
Weight (inc. batteries) 938 g (2.07 lb / 33.09 oz)
Dimensions 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.79 x 4.49 x 2.91″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes ?
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1
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