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The Nikon D300 is a 12.3-megapixel professional[1] DX format digital single-lens reflex camera that Nikon Corporation announced on 23 August 2007 along with the Nikon D3 FX format camera. It replaced the D200 as Nikon's DX format flagship DSLR. The D300 was officially discontinued by Nikon on September 11, 2009, being succeeded by the Nikon D300S, which was released July 30, 2009.

 

Features

 

The D300 was designated by Nikon as the ultimate in DX format performance. It is quite similar to the D700, with the main difference being that the D300 uses a DX sensor instead of an FX sensor. It offers both high resolution and high speed (being able to capture 6 frames per second, and 8 frames per second with the addition of an optional MB-D10 battery pack).

The D300 has not only a built in autofocus motor for all Nikon autofocus-lenses, but includes CPU and metering for older Nikon F-mount AI/AI-S lenses and the new generation perspective control lenses (PC-E).[3]

The built in intervalometer (timer) can be used for time-lapse low lit movies.

 

Feature List

 

Live View

Nikon DX format 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor

1.5x field of view crop

Nikon EXPEED image processor.

Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body

Nikon F-mount lenses

Active D-Lighting (3 levels)

3D Color Matrix Metering II, using a 1005-pixel RGB sensor. Including matrix, center-weight, and spot metering with AI and AIS manual focus lenses produced since 1977

Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration.

CompactFlash inside D300

Retouch menu includes filter type, hue, crop, D-lighting, Mono (Black and White, Cyanotype or Sepia).

Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module with 51 sensors in normal mode; Single Servo and Continuous Servo focus modes, advanced focus tracking modes, selectable Single Area AF, Dynamic area AF, Group Dynamic AF, and Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF

Live-View Mode

Built-in Sensor cleaning (using ultrasound) helps to remove the dust from sensor

Six frame-per-second continuous shooting for up to 100 JPEG, up to eight frame-per-second with optional MB-D10 battery grip with eight AA batteries, EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a battery installed.

3.0 inch 921,600 dots LCD display (640 × 480 VGA, 307,200 RGB pixels resolution)

10-pin remote and flash sync terminals on camera

Nikon D300 with "Solmeta Geotagger N2 Kompass"

GPS compatible

EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery 7.4V/1500 MAH offering up to 1800 shots per charge, according to Nikon; with advanced battery information available in camera menus.

ISO 200–3200, selectable in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 stop increments. Additionally ISO 100 and ISO 6400 available with ISO Boost. Selectable in-camera ISO noise reduction, applied in post-processing.

Built-in Speedlight offers balanced fill-flash with Nikon's i-TTL flash system, and can fire in commander mode for wireless off-camera firing of other speedlights; controlling up to two groups of speedlights with individual exposure compensation.

File formats include JPEG, TIFF, NEF (Nikon's raw image format compressed and uncompressed), and JPEG+NEF (JPEG size/quality selectable)

 

Reception

 

The Nikon D300 was announced on August 23, 2007. Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug Magazine, and the UK magazine, "What Digital Camera" presented initial 'First Look' reviews. Imaging Resource and Photocrati also did their own initial reviews.DCR and Camera Labs have full reviews of the D300. Digital Review Canada compares it to the older Nikon D200. Popular Photography named the Nikon D300 for their official "Camera of the Year 2007" award. The magazine also reviewed the camera, and noted at that time that Nikon Capture NX software was packaged with the camera; more recent packages include a 30-day trial version.

 

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