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Nikon D300

alaTest has collected and analysed 2718 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the lens and usability. The build quality and performance also get good feedback. Ratings about the portability and value for money are mixed, and many are less positive about the image stabilizer.

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We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D300 review


The Nikon D200 was a truly great camera that offered professional performance at an enthusiast's price. Even now, its 10-megapixel CCD sensor can easily hold its own compared with similarly-priced rivals, and the robust build quality was - and still is...

Excellent secification ; Fantastic erformance ; Solid build

Vague naviad ; Very exensive next to its rivals ; Bulky

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Nikon D300 DSLR camera review


The D300's new higher resolution sensor means Nikon has had to develop a new processing engine called Expeed that chews through the camera's 16-bit files that are downsampled to 12 or 14-bit NEF RAWs or 8-bit TIFF or JPEG files. The boost in resolution...

Excellent image quality, excellent ergonomics, great design and control layout, menu system, good combination of usability, control and custom modes plus value for money

Slight issues over white balance control but otherwise, well, nothing really

Billed as a professional model by Nikon it looks set to capture a big slice of the market

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Nikon D300 digital SLR camera review


Nikon's D300 is a good-quality, semi pro/enthusiast dSLR camera.

While pictures are stunning, there's no getting away from the fact that while to a professional the Nikon D300 is a budget buy, to the average consumer it's a wallet-battering investment. Still, you get what you pay for and, having also taken the D300...


Editor's Choice!

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Nikon D300 Digital SLR


Start saving now, because you know you're going to want one.

In the D300, Nikon has a camera that will appeal to a wide range of photographers, from advanced amateurs to professionals looking for a cheaper and slightly lighter alternative to the D3. It has class-leading build quality and ergonomic design, a...

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Stuff magazine


There's nothing semi-pro about Nikon's D300 – it's a heavy hitter that even the best would be happy with

A great value DSLR that excels in low light conditions. Only the lack of image stabilisation irks

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Nikon D300 review


While it doesn't have any truly revolutionary features, the Nikon D300 incorporates hot new technologies -- a stunning Live View screen, advanced autofocusing, digital lighting -- and faultless image quality into a rock solid, high speed shell. The...

Huge Live View LCD with 920,000 pixels ; High speed focusing and shooting ; Impeccable 12-megapixel photos ; Built to last

Heavy ; Expensive

Nikon has built the D300 up to a quality level, instead of down to a price -- and it shows in its rock solid weather-proof build, flawless ease of use and immaculate results. It may be expensive, but it's worth every penny

DIWA Golden Awards!

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Nikon D300


The Nikon D60 receives its gold award for excellent image quality, ergonomic design and useful features. Its 10 Megapixels high quality image sensor, outstanding image processing performance, and an innovative and effective anti-dust system, Nikon...

TIPA Award!

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Best D-SLR Expert: Nikon D300


With its solid design, excellent handling and robust, weather-sealed build quality, the Nikon D300 offers professional quality at a reasonable price. The 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning results even at ISO 1600 and it can be boosted to...

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Review: Nikon D300


Visibly better photo quality and slightly improved performance make the Nikon D300 a significant upgrade over the D200 and an excellent all-round choice.

Excellent performance and photo quality; solidly built; extremely flexible custom settings architecture; onboard wireless flash controller

A bit too expensive, given the competition

Visibly better photo quality and slightly improved performance make the Nikon D300 a significant upgrade over the D200 and an excellent all-around choice.


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Nikon D300 review


Canon undoubtedly must have been taken aback when Nikon announced the Nikon D300 as successor to the D200. And rightfully, because the D200 was already an impressive camera and the Nikon D300 digital SLR camera exceeds its predecessor to a great...

Nikon produced a fabulous digital SLR camera with the new D300. A camera you can't get around as an advanced photographer and I can imagine the competition being very impressed with the impact the D300 has made. The shortcomings of the D200 are wiped...

Product Specifications

The D300 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 new features. The D300 features a new 51-point auto focus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as found in the D3 that promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions. The D300 reacts with lightning speed, powering-up in a mere 0.13 seconds and shooting with an imperceptible 45 millisecond shutter release lag time. The D300 is capable of shooting at a rapid six frames per second and can go as fast as eight frames per second when using the optional MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack. In continuous bursts, the D300 can shoot up to 100 shots at full 12.3 megapixel resolution. The D300 incorporates a range of innovative technologies and features that will significantly improve the accuracy, control and performance photographers can get from their equipment. Its new Scene Recognition System advances the use of Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-segment sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help the camera determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed, before a picture is taken. This information is used to improve the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance functions in the D300. For example, the camera can track moving subjects better and by identifying them, it can also automatically select focus points faster and with greater accuracy. It can also analyze highlights and more accurately determine exposure, as well as infer light sources to deliver more accurate white balance detection. 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. These sensors can either be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either nine, 21 or all 51 focus points. 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. Nikon's new Scene Recognition System and improved focus algorithms also contribute to the impressive performance of the new 51-point AF system. Taking a cue from the popularity of Nikon's D-Lighting technology, the D300 features a new Active D-Lighting mode that, when enabled, provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast. Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time can be shortened.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3e

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction:Built-in / Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-3200
Special Effects:Monochrome / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical