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Nikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

  • 3.0" LCD Monitor
  • D-Movie HD Video for cinematic 24fps
  • Compatible with CF(Type I)/SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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General

Brand
Nikon
Model
D300S
Color
Black
Dimensions
Approx. 5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9"/147 x 114 x 74 mm
Weight
Approx. 1 lbs. 14 oz./840 g without battery, memory card, body cap or monitor cover
Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
CMOS
Image Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.8 mm
Gross Pixels
13.1 MP
Effective Pixels
12.3 MP
Dust Cleaning System
Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)
Resolution
(L) 4288 x 2848
(M) 3216 x 2136
(S) 2144 x 1424

White Balance

White Balance
Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (able to store up to 5 values) and color temperature setting (2,500K to 10,000K); fi ne-tuning available for all options

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens refl ex viewfinder
Coverage
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification
Approx. 0.94 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infi nity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Dioptric Adjustment
-2 to +1 m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Mirror
Quick return

LCD Monitor

LCD
3.0" 920K
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100% frame coverage
Brightness Adjustment
Yes

Focus

Focus Type
Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Focusing Modes
Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF
AF Points
51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
Focus Lock
AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)

Exposure

Exposure Control
Programmed auto with fl exible program (P); Shutter-priority auto (S); Aperture-priority auto (A); Manual (M)
Exposure Compensation
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10 or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (fi xed at 8 mm when non-CPU lens is used)
Spot: Meters 3-mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non- CPU lens is used)
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) above ISO 3200
AE Lock
Yes

Shutter

Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Self-timer
Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration

Flash

Flash Type
Manual pop-up with button release
Flash Control
TTL: i-TTL balanced fi ll-fl ash and standard i-TTL fl ash for digital SLR using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in fl ash, Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
Auto aperture: Available with Speedlight SB-900 or SB-800 and CPU lens
Non-TTL auto: Supported fl ash units include Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S
Range-priority manual: Available with Speedlight SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Range
Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, redeye reduction with slow sync
Flash Exposure Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Drive System

Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-7 frames per second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 8 frames per second

Function

Live View Function
Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Playback
Auto image rotation
Full frame
Highlights
Histogram display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Slideshow
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments)
Zoom

Recording System

File Format
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
TIFF (RGB)
Recording Media
CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA)
SD
SDHC

Movie

Movie Format
AVI
Movie Recording
1280 x 720 @ 24 fps - Maximum length: 5 min.
640 x 424 @ 24 fps - Maximum length: 20 min.
320 x 216 @ 24 fps - Maximum length: 20 min.
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720

Lens

Compatible Lenses
DX NIKKOR: All functions supported
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions); IX-NIKKOR lenses not supported
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II; lenses for F3AF not supported
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only)
Electronic rangefi nder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Lens Mount
Nikon F Bayonet Mount

Interface

USB
Yes
A/V Out
Yes
HDMI
Yes
Mic
Yes

Power Source

Battery
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
Battery Life
950 shots (CIPA)

Feature

Features
Nikon EXPEED Image Processing

One-button Live View

1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II

Dual memory card slots (CF and SD)

In-Camera Image Editing

100% Viewfinder Accuracy

Scene Recognition System

Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
1 year limited
Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Aaron D.
  • 11/18/2009 4:37:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsAn amazing pro tool

Pros: Continuous Focus (big plus), Dual card (CF and SD), 51 point af system, 7fps, fully customizable menu, self cleaning image sensor, metering located on top and info button to display all settings on the LCD, live view, great button layout for making every adjustment you may need to do on the fly. Uses the standard En-EL3e battery that is shared with other models (D80, D90). This purchase will more than pay for itself, provided you have a photography business.

Cons: It's kind of heavy compared to a D80 or D90. Definately has more bulk and I will likely get tired of holding it taking action pictures 8 hrs a day.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my business and do not regret it. Waited to write this review until I broke it in for a few days. Seems to be the perfect fit for sports/action photography with dual card, 7fps, ISO 6400 equiv. This may not be the ideal camera for a hobbyist/amateur, as there are lower priced alternatives (D5000) to this one. I needed a high fps without the additional bulk of the MB-D10 to get 7+fps and did not need an FX frame which would sacrifice zoom and was willing to sacrifice the D700's high ISO sensitivity to save a grand. Thus I bought this instead of the D700. I only hope this camera will attain the 3000+ images (without using the built in flash) my D80's did with this same battery.

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