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Nikon D300S DSLR Camera (Body Only)

BH #NID300S • MFR #25464
Nikon D300S DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Key Features
  • 12.3 MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED Image Processor
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • HD 720p Video Recording at 24 fps
The Nikon D300S DSLR Camera builds upon the success of the D300 by adding 720p HD Video Recording. With a 51-point autofocus system, 100% viewfinder accuracy, 7 frames per second continuous shooting, and low light sensitivity (expandable to ISO 6400), the D300S boasts a professional-grade feature set in a compact, highly durable, metal body. The 12.3 megapixel image sensor coupled with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED processor ensures ample resolution for discerning shooters with vivid, life-like color and stunning detail.
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Nikon D300s Overview

  • 1Description
  • 212.3 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
  • 4HD Video Recording
  • 5Continuous Shooting up to 7 fps
  • 63" LCD
  • 7One-button Live View
  • 8Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 3200
  • 9Fast, Accurate 51-point Autofocus
  • 101,005 Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • 11Scene Recognition System
  • 12Dual Memory Card Slots (CF and SD/SDHC)
  • 13Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
  • 14Picture Control
  • 15Active D-Lighting
  • 16In-camera Image Editing
  • 17Rugged and Durable
  • 18100% Viewfinder Accuracy
  • 19Virtual Horizon Graphic Level Indicator
  • 20Excellent Battery Performance

The Nikon D300S DSLR Camera builds upon the success of the D300 by adding 720p HD Video Recording. With a 51-point autofocus system, 100% viewfinder accuracy, 7 frames per second continuous shooting, and low light sensitivity (expandable to ISO 6400), the D300S boasts a professional-grade feature set in a compact, highly durable, metal body. The 12.3 megapixel image sensor coupled with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED processor ensures ample resolution for discerning shooters with vivid, life-like color and stunning detail.

Advanced Live View Technology allows users to compose photos and video with the camera's bright, 920,000 dot LCD. HD Video is captured in true broadcast-quality 1280 x 720 at a smooth, cinematic 24 frames per second. An integrated mono microphone allows you to capture spontaneous audio with video, and a 3.5mm stereo input offers higher quality options for professional applications.

Rugged and reliable, the D300S now adds dual slots for both CompactFlash and SD/SDHC memory cards. Either card can be used for primary storage; the secondary card can be configured for overflow, mirror capture, or video recording. RAW and JPEG files can even be saved to separate cards for convenience. Images can also be copied between cards for easy sharing. With a host of new features and next-generation photo and video technologies, the Nikon D300S offers extremely high levels of performance and functionality to photo enthusiasts and professionals alike.

12.3 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor

Delivers stunning high resolution, low-noise images with striking detail and tonal gradation.

Nikon EXPEED Image Processing

Drives breathtakingly rich image fidelity, low noise and fast image processing.

HD Video Recording

Capture cinematic 24fps, 720p HD movie clips, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility - featuring stereo mic input and AF operation.

Continuous Shooting up to 7 fps

High speed shooting and fast response - essential to versatile performance in a wide variety of shooting disciplines.

3" LCD

Every 921,000 dot monitor is factory-calibrated to assure accurate color for critical still image review and Live View or D-Movie shooting.

One-button Live View

Handheld and Tripod Live View modes, activated with one button, for challenging studio and remote shooting conditions.

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 evaluates color information to determine 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/SDHC)

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.

Picture Control

Select from 4 preset image capture preferences (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, and Monochrome, plus 9 user customizable settings) controlling Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, and Hue.

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 Movie, 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 tested to 150,000 cycles for real-world reliability.

100% Viewfinder Accuracy

Offers a perfect representation of everything in the frame.

Virtual Horizon Graphic Level Indicator

Demonstrates an active graphics-based representation of the horizon through the viewfinder or using Live View.

Excellent Battery Performance

Up to 950 shots per EN-EL3e battery charge or as many as 2,950 shots with the optional MB-D10 Battery Grip and optional EN-EL4a battery.

Nikon D300s Specs

Sensor ResolutionEffective: 12.3 Megapixel
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Exposure Control
Metering Method3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted Average, Spot
Aspect Ratio3:2
Bit Depth14-Bit
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.94x
Diopter Adjustment-2 to +1
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points51
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
Battery Type1 x EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1500 mAh
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 8 x 6.4"

Nikon D300s Reviews

Fantastic Camera

By Joseph A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-04

I used this camera for 4 years & loved it especially for quick acton shots, low light shots, scenic & grandkids ti worked very well even at the air show 2014 photos attached!

Top of the DX food chain

By Xrayguy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-03-17

I've been shooting with my 300s for the past 4 years now. The build quality and features packed into this camera make it feel like it was designed for pros. A few months back ,my big, goofy 90 pound dog managed to hook the strap while he was jumping around and sent the camera flying across the room. The 18-55 kit lens snapped off (plastic mounts!) but the 300s emerged unscathed and working perfectly. Rugged indeed. From frosty Maine to balmy Negril , this camera took whatever I threw at it and then some. The D300s has a lot of features ,and to really get the most out of it , you need to familiarize yourself with what it can do. 4 years in and I still occasionally find new things. It's a familiar Nikon layout , comfortable , not too big or too small. It's starting to show its age as there are now better video capabilities ,wifi ,etc.. built in to newer cameras , but I find no reason to upgrade yet. Nikon got this camera right.

Great camera

By A_M_Prezios
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-04

This camera has great versatility. It's my first camera that shoots video, and while it wasn't award-winning quality in low light, it still got the job done. Photos are great -- not much noise in high-ISO shots. Loved shooting a hockey game with it.

Nikon D300s

By Steven C.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-02-26

I purchased this camera to replace my aging D300. The camera has performed well for my portrait and event photo sessions. It has better low light capabilities then my D300 & has the same strong body build.

love this

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-11-17

This camera fits all of our needs. Barcode scanner software is the way to go no need for laptop on the job.

Tough, reliable, just keeps on going

By Chef Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-08

Spot on accuracy, quick, rugged, reliable. It's all you need along with top Nikon glass. Thousands and thousands of phenomenal photos later, my go to when not in the studio. Hooked up to a B1 via wireless remote, I roam the streets doing impromptu shoots. I've had the D700 and D3s, but this one just seemed to roll off the manufacturing line with something extra special about it. A keeper.

I'd love to dis this camera

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-02

I'd love to dis this camera, but I can't. I'm in the process of buying a 2nd D300s body. I'm up to 263.000 shutter actuations on my first D-300s and am about to purchase another. I'm a pro photographer working in the entertainment industry shooting stills for film and TV. My other cameras are D3s and a D-800. While this is not a full frame camera, it is one of the few cameras to have a 10 pin connection which is required for remote activation or to place inside a (sound) blimp. I was strongly considering a Nikon Df but because of no 10 pin connector decided against it.The 12.3 Mp DX format, in most cases works fine, I have even had images blown up to movie poster size that were totally satisfactory. I do get a solid 7fps which I need when shooting action scenes with only the D3s exceeding it by about 2fps (the D4s shoots at 11fps but more than double the cost of the D-800 with less resolution). I beat this camera up and it's pretty much stood up. The LCD screen has developed a line across it (vertical) that in no way affects the final output and isn't worth fixing. I feel the only shortcomings of this camera are its low light capabilities, for me shooting RAW, I feel I can get satisfactory images to iso 1600-2000, beyond that files start getting a bit to noisy. For me the advantage of DX format is magnification (tele-extension)of images without loss of light - my 70-200 f2.8 becomes a 105-300 f2.8 and file size as it takes more time to download and process larger files from my D-800, as well as using more storage room. Bottom line, highly recommended if you don't meed mega large files and aren't shooting in very low light all the time.

Can't get rid of it!

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-29

Believe me, I've wanted to upgrade for a long while now. Nothing wrong with the camera, it's a great unit. I move to this from my D200 when it first came out, I think a lot of people did. But then I got megapixel envy and started lusting after the D700 then the D610, then the D810. But the prices of these full frame units just set me back. And now, looking back at all the great pictures I've taken all over the world with this camera, I can't imagine not keeping it. Add to this the 17-55 Nikor zoom I bought to compliment it at a cool $, I guess I'm all in. Why did I start thinking of upgrading in the first place? To me, at times, the shots I get from this product aren't the sharpest, I'm very picky. I've sent the lens back to nikon, can't tell if they really fixed anything. I've done in carmera lens adjustment; one adjustment looks great, then not so good at another time. It's confusing. Is it the camera, the lens or the operator? Some shots I've taken are truly sharp as a pin, (Tack sharp I think they call it), so it all can work. Then I start thinking about the 1080p monitor I'm viewing the pictures on, the video card... Do I need to buy at $3k Applie monitor that can display 4k??? drives you crazy.But back to the camera: low light is amazing, high shutter speed action shots not to be belived, incredible. HDR shooting has been very rewarding, a must do and this camera does it well. Ok, I guess I'm keeping it! I believe if you buy it, you will too.

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Can the 300s be used with only one SD card and the CF slot empty?
Asked by: Jay D.
Yes it can be used with just one of either card, or both at the same time. Different combinations provide different benefits and menu options.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does Nikon still service the Nikon D300s ?
Asked by: john
Here is a link to Nikon Service and Repair. Feel free to contact them directly to set up servicing for your camera.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I have a Nikon d300.Is this 300s the same camera?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, it is not. The Nikon D300s was released in 2009, and was the update to the older Nikon D300 DSLR camera, which was released in 2007. The Nikon D300s added 720p HD video recording (at 24 fps), has external stereo sound input, has in-camera movie editing, shoots at 7 fps (the D300 shoots at 6 fps), has dual CompactFlash and SD/SDHC memory card slots, has a Quiet release mode, has a multi-controller on the rear of the camera, has a dedicated Live View and Info button, and has an electronic virtual horizon built into the camera.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Imported cameras?
Asked by: Anonymous
This Nikon D300S is an imported camera, yes. It would come with a 1-year limited warranty through B&H, and would need to be returned to B&H if in required in warranty service.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this camera continuously focus on video mode?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, unfortunately. If you set up tripod mode in the shooting menu, you can refocus at any time during the video by pressing the AF-ON button, or, of course you can manually focus by turning the autofocus feature off.
Answered by: Graydon K.
Date published: 2018-08-27


what viewfinder do I need to shoot video with the 300s?
Asked by: Michael N.
Sorry, I have not tried to shoot video with my 300S. However, Nikon's User' s manual suggests that movies need to be shot in Live view mode. (See pg. 58.) I believe that the manual can be downloaded off of Nikon's website or maybe B&H's. I did this myself, but it was a couple of years ago. I hope this helps your customer.
Answered by: Larry S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


what is the weight
Asked by: Anonymous
The camera weighs 29.63 oz / 840 g.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


What limitations are there for the SD Cards that can be used for this camera. ie Speeds and GB's*
Asked by: Anonymous
The camera is compatible with SD and SDHC type cards. SD cards indicate models which have a capacity up to 4gb, and SDHC indicates models which can have a capacity anywhere from 8 to 32gb's. The camera will perform with any speed of card. The common speeds found on memory cards currently being sold are sufficient for use with this camera. The faster the better.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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