Nikon D300 Features and Specification Review

The Nikon D300 variety of changes is so important that it would not be unsuitable to contact it a ‘compact D3’ (less the full-frame indicator of course). From the top there’s a new CMOS indicator with 12 mega pixels, a new auto-focus indicator with 51-points (15 of which are cross-type sensitive), there’s concentrate monitoring by shade, field identification, Image Management presets, six fps ongoing capturing (or eight fps with an assortment power pack), Lightweight Display UDMA assistance, Stay Perspective (with comparison identify AF) and the great amazing 3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD observe (oh and HDMI movie output). It’s a remarkable record, the D200 was a reasonable boost from the D100, the D300 can be seen as just as big a stride, certainly more than enough to make competitors sweating.

Nikon D300 Review

Nikon D300 Key Features

  • 12.3 mega-pixel DX structure CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 – 3200 (6400 with boost)
  • 14-bit A/D conversion
  • Nikon EXPEED image processer (Capture NX handling and NR methods, reduced power)
  • Super quick function (power-up 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, black-out 100 ms)
  • Shutter lifestyle 150,000 exposures
  • New Multi-CAM3500DX Automatic Concentrate indicator (51-point, 15 cross-type, more straight coverage)
  • Auto-focus monitoring by shade (using details from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
  • Picture Management image parameter presets (replace Color Ways I, II and III)
  • Six supports per second ongoing capturing (eight supports per second with battery energy pack)
  • 3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
  • HDMI HD movie output
  • Detailed ‘Control Panel’ kind display on LCD observe, changes shade in darknes

Nikon D300 Body And Design

The D300 design is very similar to the D200, that’s no bad thing, it’s almost the same size (very a little bit taller), at the front part there are new contains over the distant and PC synchronize devices, at the back a larger AF-ON key and a simple re-arrange of the control buttons down the left of the now larger LCD observe. Construction is just as good as the D200 (if not a little bit better) and certainly in line with its ‘bigger brother’ the D3. The is designed from mineral magnesium metal, smooth rubberized is used on the holds both front part and back as well as ecological closes on section gates. Just like the rest of the family the D300 features large control buttons on the back of the digital camera which are easier to use when dressed in safety gloves.

Nikon D300 Body And Design

There are numerous rubberized gasket closes around body system joints, manages and section gates. Nikon don’t declare the digital camera to be water resistant but it’s certainly more ‘weather proof’ than the common digital SLR. Remember that the digital camera is only as climate resistant as its the most fragile link, this contains the lens install and only a few of the more latest Nikkor contacts have rubberized closes around the install band.

Side by side

Below you can see the D300 beside the lately declared ten mega-pixel Cannon EOS 40D. Despite a $500 price difference (in The canon eos favor) these two designs are clear competitors and will be in comparison and compared by customers and evaluators as well. The D300 is in at 903 g such as its battery power, the EOS 40D about 80 g less heavy (the same weight as the D300’s standard rechargeable battery).

LCD Monitor

One of the big changes to the D300 is the new top quality screen. It has four times the number of spots than the 230,000 device used on the D2X and other such digital cameras. For quality, the language p and spots are interchanged almost arbitrarily in requirements linens but in fact we should discuss of spots (these being red, green or red sub-pixels) when making reference to the numbers estimated by producers. The D300’s LCD has 921,600 spots, 1920 content by 480 series, the spots are a third slimmer than they are great and so each team spots (sub-pixels) make up one shade pixel.


The D300’s viewfinder view seems a little bit larger than the D200 and the specifications do observe a structure protection of 100% in comparison to the D200’s 95%. To the right top area of the detachable eyepiece rubberized is a diopter modification rim. Compared with the D3 the D300 does not function an enclosed viewfinder layer.

Nikon D300 AF

Nikon D300 Features

Image parameters

With the release of the D300 and D3 digital SLRs Nikon has significantly enhanced its image parameter performance. You now have four conventional ‘Picture Control’ presets (Standard, Fairly neutral, Stunning and Monochrome) plus the ability to fill and save customized places. Modification choices have been extended offering a much broader permission for improving, vividness and comparison as well as the new lighting adjustment. Observe also the ‘Quick adjust’ function which allows for connected adjustment of improving, vividness and comparison. Finally there’s also a lines view which allows you to see all of the current picture management ways on a vividness vs. comparison (plus sharpness) lines.

‘Quick’ adjustment

The ‘quick adjust’ option allows you to change improving, vividness and comparison together to generate a more vivid / distinct image (positive adjustment) or neutral / smoother image (negative adjustment). Most importantly making adverse ‘quick adjust’ changes doesn’t appear to impact these three factors similarly.

Nikon D300
Nikon D300

Sharpening adjustment

The D300 provides an overall of ten guide improving stages plus the conventional Nikon ‘Auto’ method. The standard improving level for Standard Image Control method is three, below you can see illustrations of Automatic and stages 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8. Cheers to Nikon for offering a variety of improving choices which cover an extensive permission of adjustment, and for providing greater improving automatically than they have in the past.

Contrast adjustment

Adjusting the overall tone changes the form of the ‘S curve’ used to map the straight line image information taken by the indicator into the correct gamma. A lower comparison establishing preserves more of the unique data’s powerful variety but creates a slimmer looking image. A greater comparison establishing extends the black and white (dark to light) of picture and could lead to cutting of both darkness details and features. I’m happy to see Nikon offering a broader variety of adjustment (seven stages in total) however the permission of change has a smaller footprint sized than I would have predicted, we would expect -3 to provide very smooth pictures and +3 very contrasty.

Active D-Lighting

D-Lighting is a darkness & emphasize improvement function first seen on Nikon’s Coolpix variety of lightweight digital cameras and later on the D200. On past designs it was an after-the-fact narrow which you could connect with pictures in play-back method. With the D300 ‘Active’ D-Lighting is a selection establishing which is used to all pictures if allowed. There are four stages available; Off, Low, Normal and High. Rather than only modifying the form of the overall tone bend (as most similar systems do) establishing greater stages seems to make use of a third of a stop adverse visibility settlement (typically a little bit greater shutter speed). Compared with the Sony designs DRO system Nikon’s works best if you gauge for black areas (apply some beneficial visibility compensation) and allow Effective D-Lighting to sustain / restore emphasize details.

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Nikon D300 Specifications

Price (body only)
• US: $ 1799
• UK: £ 1299
• EU: € 1980
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor * • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
• DX format
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
• 13.1 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor * Nikon EXPEED
A/D conversion * 14 bit
Image sizes * • 4288 x 2848 [L; 12.2 MP]
• 3216 x 2136 [M; 6.9 MP]
• 2144 x 1424 [S; 3.1 MP]
File formats • NEF (12-bit or 14-bit *, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
• TIFF *
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
NEF compression • Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80% *
• Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60%
Lens mount • Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
• 1.5x field of view crop
Usable lenses • DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
• D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- NIKKOR)
• AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
• Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
Dust reduction * • Self-cleaning sensor unit (‘Clean image sensor’) *
• Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)
Auto Focus • 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) *
• Multi-CAM 3500DX *
• AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
• Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
Lens Servo • Single Servo AF [S]
• Continuous Servo AF [C]
• Manual focus [M]
• Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject’s status in [S] or [C] AF
Focus Point * • Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
• Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
AF Area Mode * • Single point AF
• Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)]
• Automatic-area AF
Focus Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

AF assist Yes, lamp
Exposure modes • Program Auto [P] with flexible program
• Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
• Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
• Manual [M]

TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
• 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)

Metering range • 3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
• At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
Meter coupling CPU and AI
Exposure lock Locked using AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure bracketing • 2 to 9 frames
• 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps *
Exposure compen. • +/-5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Sensitivity * • Default: ISO 200 – 3200 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
• Boost: 100 – 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Shutter • Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
• 30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec with reduced GN *)
• Bulb
DOF Preview • Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
• Activates modelling flash
White balance • Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
• Presets (seven) with fine tuning *
• Manual presets (four)
• Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K, 31 steps)
• White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Picture Control * • Standard
• Neutral
• Vivid
• Monochrome
Image parameters * • Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
• Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
• Brightness: 3 levels
• Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
• Hue: 5 levels
Color space • sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes)
• Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
Viewfinder • Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
• Built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)
• Eyepoint: 19.5 mm (at -1.0m-1)
• Frame coverage 100% *
• Viewfinder magnification approx 0.94x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screen • B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
• Superimposed focus brackets
• On-demand grid lines
LCD monitor * • 3.0 ” TFT LCD
• 922,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
• 170° viewing angle
• Brightness adjustment
LCD Liveview * • Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
• Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area
Shooting modes • Single frame
• Continuous Low [CL]
• Continuous High [CH]
• Liveview [LV]
• Self-Timer (programmable)
• Mirror-up mode
Continuous shooting* • With built-in battery: up to 6 fps
• 12-bit RAW at full speed, 14-bit RAW only 2.5 fps
Continuous buffer • JPEG Large/Normal: 100 shots (at 6 fps)
• RAW: no data yet
Self-timer • 2 to 20 sec custom
Flash control • TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor.
• Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
• AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
• Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode • Front-curtain Sync (normal)
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
• Slow Sync
• Rear-curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight • Manual pop-up with button release
• Guide number (ISO 200, m) approx 17 (manual 18)
• Guide number (ISO 100, m) approx 12 (manual 13)
Flash Accessory Shoe ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Flash Sync Terminal ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Flash compensation • -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps *
Creative Lighting System

With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock

Orientation sensor Tags images with camera orientation
Playback mode • Full frame
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
• One-touch zoom
• Slideshow
• RGB histogram
• Shooting data
• Highlight point
• Auto image rotation
Languages *

• Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
• Dutch
• English
• Finnish
• French
• German
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Polish
• Portuguese
• Russian
• Spanish
• Swedish

Custom functions 48 custom functions
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
• HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type A connector) *
• Remote control 10-pin terminal
• PC Sync flash terminal
10-pin terminal

• GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
• Remote control: via 10-pin terminal

Communications FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
Storage • Compact Flash Type I or II
• UDMA *, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
• 36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
Power • Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh)
• Included battery charger MH-18a
• Optional AC adapter EH-5a
• Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip *