Nikon D300 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D300 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D300 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

B&H # NID300 MFR # 25432
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Product Highlights

  • 12.3 Megapixels
  • DX Format CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" LCD Display
  • Live View
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • Dust and Water Resistant
  • 51-point AFs with 3D Focus Tracking
  • 6 fps Burst
  • Scene Recognition System
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Nikon D300 Overview

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The Nikon D300 SLR Digital Camera offers outstanding image quality, multi-functional technologies and fast response, with an impressive resolution of 12.3 megapixels, speedy 6 fps frame advance, self-cleaning sensor unit and high definition 3" VGA LCD display, combined with Nikon's legendary durability. The Camera also 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 features; such as the 51-point auto focus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature, and two LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor.

Durable and Dependable
The D300 body is built from a durable and lightweight magnesium alloy, and has been designed for a high level of dust and water resistance, while the camera's shutter has been tested for 150,000-release cycles, thereby continuing Nikon's long tradition of sturdiness and durability
12.3 Megapixel Resolution
The high-resolution 12.3 Megapixel DX format CMOS sensor generates image files of the highest quality that are suitable for almost every type of output.
Self Cleaning Sensor
The D300 incorporates a self-cleaning sensor unit, which vibrates at four different resonance frequencies to remove any loose dust on the surface of the sensor's optical low pass filter.
Fast Performance
The D300 can support continuous shooting up to 6 frames per second (up to 8 frames per second with the optional combination of MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack, EN-EL4a battery & BL-3 Battery Chamber Cover), making it a powerful performer for a wide variety of shooting disciplines, particularly for action sports, wildlife, or news gathering applications. It also provides fast power-up (0.13 seconds), quick responsiveness (45 millisecond shutter lag), and outstanding timer and shutter flexibility to meet the needs of a wide variety of photographic assignments.
Enhanced Images with EXPEED
The EXPEED image processing system is at the heart of the D300's ability to capture and process high definition image data so quickly. It features 14-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion with 16-bit image processing, both of which contribute to delivering results with Nikon's signature 'look and feel' of rich accurate colors, smooth skin gradations and exceptional detail.
Wide ISO Sensitivity
The camera has a broad ISO range from 200-3200 plus Lo (equivalent to ISO 100) and Hi (equivalent to ISO 6400) sensitivity settings.
Fast, Accurate 51-point Autofocus with 3D Focus Tracking
The D300 incorporates Nikon's Multi-CAM 3500DX auto focus module that features an intelligent array of 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors. 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. Altogether, the D300 delivers exacting autofocus precision at blazing speeds.
Exclusive Scene Recognition System (SRS)
The Nikon Scene Recognition System uses the acclaimed Nikon 1005-pixel RGB color sensor modified to recognize subjects' shape and position before the image is captured. This also aids the 51-Point Autofocus system in tracking subjects by their color, while enhancing the accuracy of exposure and white balance metering.
Active D-Lighting Mode
The Active D-Lighting mode provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast, producing broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because Active D-Lighting is applied as images are captured, image editing time can be reduced.
Picture Control Settings
Nikon's 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 Picture Control System offers four basic setting options - Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome - that can be directly customized with image parameters, such as sharpening, tone compensation, brightness and saturation. Furthermore, users can store up to nine customized options or export up to 99 to a CF memory card, enabling photographers to share settings among multiple cameras.
3.0" Color LCD Display
The 3.0-inch super density (920,000-pixel) color LCD monitor provides a crisp clear view of your images with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection - making critical image review possible. The camera also includes an information display on the rear LCD screen that can change color according to the ambient lighting conditions, and an easy-to-view top LCD panel.
Live View Feature
The D300 includes the Live View system, which presents photographers with a live image on the LCD screen, with two modes suited to either hand held or tripod shooting. The Live View system is particularly useful when shooting in a studio, utilizing remote shooting, or when shooting from challenging angles.
Comfortable Controls
The controls of the D300 were designed for ease of use with a totally intuitive 8-directional multi-area selector that makes selecting any of the 51-Point autofocus settings simple, and an intuitive menu system that provides fast access to many of the fine controls of the camera.
A Total Imaging System
The D300 isn't just a camera, but part of the Nikon Total Imaging System, and is compatible with NIKKOR lenses, Speedlights, accessories and software that provide a complete solution for any photographic challenge to help photographers create great images.
Wireless Networking
The optional Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-4, not only provides the ability to transmit ('push') images to servers and remotely control the camera from afar, but also enables remote browsing of the camera's image thumbnails as well. Furthermore users can set up a network of up to five D300 so thumbnails from all connected cameras can be browsed simultaneously from a remote server and relevant image files 'pulled', while the photographers continue shooting.

Nikon D300 Specs

Camera Type Digital SLR Camera
Resolution Effective: 13.1MP, Recorded: 12.3MP
Sensor 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS
Bit Depth 42-bit
File Formats RAW, TIFF, JPEG
File Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image Stabilization Body: No
Crop Factor 1.5x
Lens No
Zoom N/A
Lens Mount Nikon F mount
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Range N/A
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
Shooting Controls
Sensitivity ISO: 200-3200 (expandable to 100-6400)
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 - 30 sec, bulb
Metering Matrix, Center-weighted Average, Spot
Exposure Modes Manual, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Program
White Balance Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Shade, Cloudy, Flash, Kelvin, Custom
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Burst Capability High-speed continuous: 6fps, Low-speed continuous: up to 5fps

Higher continuous shooting speeds (up to 8fps) are possible when using the optional MB-D10 battery grip with an optional EN-EL4A battery and BL-3 Chamber Cover.

Self Timer 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Remote Control Yes, optional 10-pin remotes
Built-in Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range 56' (17m) @ ISO 200
External Flash Connection Hotshoe, PC terminal
Dedicated Flash System Nikon CLS Flash series
Max Sync Speed 1/250 sec.
Built-in Memory No
Memory Card Type CompactFlash I/II
Still Images per GB RAW: 41
TIFF: 28
JPEG: High Res:179 - Low Res:2560
A/V Recording
Video Recording No
Video Resolution N/A
Video Clip Length N/A
Audio Recording N/A
Viewfinder Type Eye-level Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Display 3" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0 (mini-B), A/V Out, HDMI (Type-C)
System & Software Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Macintosh OS X (10.1.5 or later)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Weatherproofing Not Specified By Manufacturer
Durability Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery Type EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power Adapter EH-5a AC Adapter (optional)
Dimensions 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9" (147 x 114 x 74mm)
Weight 29.3 oz. (825g) body only

Nikon D300 Reviews

D300 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 683.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthy of the Nikon Name I am a semi-retired professional specializing in commercial photography. I have had limited experience with the D300 and 18-200mm VR lens; however, I have more than 35 years' experience with Nikon SLRs, and this one seems worthy of the Nikon name. I particularly like two things: 1) its controls are just traditional enough to make for an easy transition for veteran Nikon users; and 2) I applaud its compatibility with past Nikkor lens and Nikon accessories. I still find manual dials and f/stop rings easier and more intuitive than menus, main control wheels, sub-main control wheels, etc., but then, I didn't learn photography in the digital age. Overall quality is good, too.
Date published: 2008-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the way to go! For the price point, this camera is the deal of the year. I got this with the kit lens and quickly put a 17-55mm on it, and it's been a combination worth every penny. This camera is delivering the depth, color, clarity and quality I've always admired in the big-time photographers' pictures, in spite of my very modest skills. My friends who are not photographers are constantly admiring the pictures from the D300 with comments like, I love them and That camera is SO clear. This is one of the few things in life that cost this much -and are worth it. The D300, combined with either the Nikkor 17-55 or the 14-24 lens and you will be in the real deal.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs as advertised This is my first Nikon. I use it for all types of photography but primarily for sports and events. I am very impressed with how well the camera is laid out with respect to accessing the various controls and functions as well as the feel or ergonomics... very important in a long shoot. As far as the operation goes it is just outstanding. Very fast. I have made some shots at ISO 1600 and am very impressed with the image quality at that ISO. I have only had the camera for 3 weeks and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. Although I would have preferred a full frame sensor, at the significant savings over the D3 this is well worth the money.
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything they say, and more This is any amazing camera! While it's touted as a prosumer camera, it's really a pro instrument. I use it for landscape and wildlife mostly. I really like the continuous shooting for birds on the wing and the ability to lock exposure and lock focus separately. I especially like being able to program the camera to release the shutter automatically at a pre-focused point when something enters the range. A lot of the controls are similar to the D200, but a number of improvements have been made. It is well worth the price of admission. The menus are extensive and can be daunting to a newbie, but get a good reference manual and you'll be fine.
Date published: 2008-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why look anywhere else? The Nikon D300 SLR exceeds my wildest expectations. My Nikon D70s was stolen at a car show and I was devastated. Now I see it as a blessing. My purchase of the D300 will improve my work, I photograph ballet companies professionally, beyond anything I have experienced thus far. The file size, clarity of the sensor, speed of the shutter, the ISO sensitivity all make photographing in available light, no flash allowed, can cause dancers to lose focus, can only lead to greater images for advertising, personal sales and simple enjoyment. Thanks, Nikon and thanks B & H for fantastic service. Michael Connally Photographer San Antonio, Texas
Date published: 2008-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is another awesome Nikon camera. I use this camera for primarily birds, animals, and as a workhorse for wildlife when on outdoor excursions by kayak or otherwise. It works very will with a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 lens...well, it works with any lens well. I have used it for other things too like photos of the moon, scenery, artistic photos. The D300 just does it all well. The workmanship of the camera and the setup of the controls is well thought out. Once you familiarize yourself with the menu and connect it to a decent piece of glass, you will impress yourself. I own both this and a D700. There is just nothing wrong with either camera and both do the job very well.
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A scary purchase now justified This camera's cost is a jump in the deep end for most amateurs but once you get in, the water sure is great! My wife is a dedicated scrapbooker and requires lots of picture choices when making her designs. The ease of use and beautiful color reproduction of the D300 makes taking those necessary pictures a breeze. The 12.3 megapixels also allows us to be a little sloppy with the framing of a picture since we know we can crop in post-production and still get great sharpness. Initially my wife noticed the weight of the D300 when compared to our older D100 but that thought was banished when she saw the first pictures from our new camera. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Camera I upgraded to the D300 from a D40, and there's no looking back. For those of you in a similar upgrade situation, go for it. But you have to realize that this IS a professional-level camera, and there will certainly be a learning curve moving up from a consumer-level dSLR. While some things may seem more complicated at first, once you get the hang of the D300's controls, you will love the added functionality. If you can, buy a refurbished body (the one I got from B&H was in perfect condition). With the money you save, purchase the MB-10 battery grip or a decent tripod. New or used, this camera offers a significant amount of bang for the buck.
Date published: 2008-08-17
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