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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 ca...

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Review of "Nikon D300"

published 04/09/2008 | gemsarchitect
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little busy now a days but will be back soon...
Excellent
Pro Excellent Picture quality, Superb built Quality
Cons Bit expensive
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"Perfect Professional Camera"

Hi Friends....
Here is brief Description about Nikon D300, in my opinion it is perfect
Camera......How?
Lets have some discuss...

Nikon Digital SLR cameras... I think the best SLR cameras available in the market.
But...in these cameras...
Nikon has some extra-ordinary DSLR cameras...like D300, D80 and newly launched Nikon D90.
two years ago when Nikon launched D80 in the market it has changed the photographers minds..
why we should go for Nikon DSLR...
Because maximum share of DSLR camera in market is under canon.
and that was tough time to compete with canon's DSLR, but Nikon handled it well and entered in
Canon owned DSLR market as well.
Nikon's both model D300 and D80 have won the camera of the year awards.
Both are excellent camera, but here I will discuss about D300, my favorite (But I don't have this at a moment).
My photography teacher has this.
....
Points that I like in this camera and you also might like this. Without any doubt.

1) First and first point which I like very much in DSLR is its capability to capture better picture
In higher ISO setting.
D300 deals excellent with heighest ISO setting, you will get no detail loss till ISO-800, but even in ISO-1600
The picture quality is very good.
On ISO-3200 there is much noise visible but picture is still usable.
Overall ISO performance is excellent
You won't find this kind of quality on non-DSLR camera.

2) Solid Built quality, you feel very comfortable with D300, Superb handling.

3) Ultra-sharp 3" LCD screen good resolution display.

4) Nikon D-lighting feature for better detain and lighting (Very useful feature).

5) 51 Points auto focus system, excellent.

6) Inbuilt help menu, Fast continuous shot performance.

7) High Speed USB 2.0 support.

8) 6 types of raw format.

9) And battery back-up is also excellent, 1000 shots per charge, more enough,
And it also has a grip for external battery support.(You won't need this because
Inner battery has back-up more than you need average daily).

10) Vast manual control available and it is perfect for professional photographers.

......
Points that I don't like.....

..........There is nothing which I can write in this column.....
Means it is perfect professional camera...
But.....I can say that price is bit higher.
it is some costly....general people cant afford it.
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What you can get in package... (may defer according to country)
*The 12.3 Mega pixel Nikon D300 camera body

*18 - 135 mm lens
OR
18 - 200 mm lens

*lithium-ion rechargeable battery
*Battery charger

*Shoulder strap

*USB cable

*Video cable

*Software Suite CD-ROM

*camera manual

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  • AlastairI published 17/09/2008
    I have a D70, but I would love to own this camera. It looks soooo good :)
  • jeaniecz published 04/09/2008
    I'm an owner of Nikon D80, so since you also mentioned this model, I'd like to know who different D300 is. But my rating rather reflects that I didn't really enjoy reading your review, I don't like all the dot dot dots, you made quite a number of grammar errors and I just think you build sentences in a funny way, so with language improved your review would be way better! But that's just my opinion :) Radka
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Product Information : Nikon D300

Manufacturer's product description

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.

Product Details

Product Description: Nikon D300 - digital camera - body only, Nikon D300 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-200mm lens, Nikon D300 - digital camera AF-S DX 12-24mm lens, Nikon D300 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-70mm lens, Nikon D300 - digital camera AF-S DX 17-55mm lens, Nikon D300 - digital camera AF-S DX 16-85mm lens, Nikon D300 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-135mm lens

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, Digital SLR Camera

Lens Included: Body only, AF-S DX 18-200mm lens, AF-S DX 12-24mm lens, AF-S DX 18-70mm lens, AF-S DX 17-55mm lens, AF-S DX 16-85mm lens, AF-S DX 18-135mm lens

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Image Processor: EXPEED

Sensor Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.7 cm x 7.4 cm x 11.4 cm

Weight: 0.825 kg, 0.83 kg

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm, 30 cm, 38 cm, 36 cm, 45 cm

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System: 11.1 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 2 x zoom lens - 12 - 24 mm - f/4.0 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 70 mm - f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.2 x zoom lens - 17 - 55 mm - f/2.8 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX, 5.3 x zoom lens - 16 - 85 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 7.5 x zoom lens - 18 - 135 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Memory Type: CompactFlash; Microdrives

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Nikon

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 12.3

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: VBA200AB, VBA200SU09, VBA200SU01, VBA200SU03, VBA200SU02, VBA200AE, VBA200K002, VBA200SU04, VBA200K001, VBA200SU06, D300, 9482, 9481, 25432

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode

Lens Included: Body only, AF-S DX 18-200mm lens, AF-S DX 12-24mm lens, AF-S DX 18-70mm lens, AF-S DX 17-55mm lens, AF-S DX 16-85mm lens, AF-S DX 18-135mm lens

Sensor Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Total Pixels: 13,100,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,300,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 15.8 x 23.6mm

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.5

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Sensor Features: Anti-Dust technology

Image Processor: EXPEED

Auto Focus: TTL contrast and phase detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 51

Image Recording Format: JPEG, TIFF, NEF (RAW)

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Optical Zoom: 11.1 x, 2 x, 3.8 x, 3.2 x, 5.3 x, 7.5 x

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 200-3200

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot, 3D colour matrix II

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, i-TTL program flash

Special Effects: Neutral, Vivid, monochrome

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

X-sync Speed: 1/250sec

Exposure Range: EV 0-20

Lens System

Lens System Mounting: Nikon F

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass, VR (Vibration Reduction), Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens

Filter Size: 72 mm, 77 mm, 67 mm

Lens Construction: 12 groups / 16 elements, 7 groups / 11 elements, 13 groups / 15 elements, 10 groups / 14 elements, 11 groups / 17 elements

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Type: 11.1 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 2 x zoom lens - 12 - 24 mm - f/4.0 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 70 mm - f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.2 x zoom lens - 17 - 55 mm - f/2.8 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX, 5.3 x zoom lens - 16 - 85 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 7.5 x zoom lens - 18 - 135 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 300mm, 18 - 36mm, 27 - 105mm, 25.5 - 82.5mm, 24 - 127.5mm, 27 - 202.5mm

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm, 30 cm, 38 cm, 36 cm, 45 cm

Max View Angle: 83 degree(s)

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 18

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, flash exposure bracketing

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 6 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 2 - 20 sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, auto power save, DPOF support, display brightness control, depth-of-field preview button, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, LCD live view mode, Scene Recognition System (SRS), text input to Exif header

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Field Coverage: 100%

Magnification: 0.94x

Dioptric Correction Range: -2 to +1

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Display

Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 920,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x remote control ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Eyepiece cover, battery charger, body cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, LCD display cover, video cable

Body Material: Magnesium alloy

Protection: Dust resistant

Battery

Battery Type: Nikon EN-EL3e

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, Microdrive

Image Storage: 4288 x 2848 ¦ 3216 x 2136 ¦ 2144 x 1424

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 14.7 cm

Depth: 7.4 cm

Height: 11.4 cm

Weight: 0.825 kg, 0.83 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

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