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Nikon D300S Black 12.3 MP DX Format Digital SLR Camera w/ AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G II ED Lens

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  • CMOS 12.3 MP
  • 3.0" 920K LCD
  • 1280 x 720
  • 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.

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Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS Sensor
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)
4288 x 2848

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 Type
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens refl ex viewfinder
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.94 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infi nity; -1.0 m-1)
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)
Quick return
Viewfinder Information
When depth-of-fi eld preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)

LCD Monitor

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


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)


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


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
Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration


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


Live View Function
Tripod: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
Hand-held: TTL phasedetection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)

Recording System

File Format
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
Image Type
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fi ne (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Recording Media
CF Card Type I (UDMA compliant) / SD / SDHC Card


Movie Format
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


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


A/V Out

Power Source

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 5.8" x 4.5" x 2.9"/147 x 114 x 74 mm
Approx. 1 lbs. 14 oz./840 g without battery, memory card, body cap or monitor cover
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Andrew C.
  • 2/15/2011 11:44:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Exemplifies Excellence!!

Cons: None so far...

Other Thoughts: For the budget I had, I received more than expected.
No one came close to the price I paid!!

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  • F M.
  • 1/6/2011 7:24:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic camera

Pros: One lens does it all. Takes really sharp pictures with bright colors. Autofocus works beautifully even in dark rooms. Beautiful pictures even at ISO 3200. The controls on the camera well laid out and the lens is the best zoom lens I have ever used. The pictures turn out sharper than I expected with such a large zoom range. The flash easily covers over 20 feet in a dark room.

Cons: This is a fantastic camera but a bit pricey for less than a full 35mm size sensor.

Other Thoughts: While a bit heavy, the camera has a very good feel and balance and the weight gets to stability. The fit and finish are excellent.

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  • Tara J.
  • 10/10/2010 10:32:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera

Pros: ~Durable
~High Quality Pics
~Easy to use
~Light weight

Cons: A little too big for smaller hands.

Other Thoughts: I work for a photography company that uses this camera in some of the studios, along with the D2x. It's a great pro-grade camera. Auto focus is amazing even with very unruly and active kids. This is definitely a camera I would want to have if I ever open my own studio.

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  • Madaly A.
  • 5/31/2010 10:30:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExpect the Best

Pros: - Build-quality is unsurpassed: tight seams (pro-level seals), durable material
- Dual memory card slot (programmable)
- excellent ergonomics; no nonsense button configuration
- Nikon's autofocus system is the best in the business
- menu is easy to navigate
- bright, sharp LCD
- Nikkor lens is super fast and sharp; vibration reduction is very good
- Zoom lens has excellent range
- HD video recording

Cons: - a tad expensive, but you save a lot by buying the this outfit (lens alone is about $800; body is $1800)

Other Thoughts: I was seriously considering jumping ship to Canon when they released the Eos 7D, but there is something about Nikon that saved me. The Eos 7D outmuscles the D300s in terms of megapixels and higher video resolution, but there is something about the feel and weight of the D300s that just feels right. It definitely has better build quality than the plasticky Eos 7D, and the button configuration makes a lot more sense than the Canon. Although the Eos 7D boasts 18 megapixels, I don't see a difference in photo quality; this might be a testament to Nikon having a better imaging sensor. In fact, I like Nikons slight tendency of producing warmer images because it's better for flesh tones. As for the video resolution, I really don't care; I bought a DSLR to shoot still images, not to record video.

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