Summary Nikon D300S

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-200mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 6
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 10
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 24fps
Screen size
Help 3.0"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D300S

"Excellent high ISO performance with low noise and good levels of detail" | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"It is significantly improved over existing Nikon DSLRs. The biggest difference it that the camera can now use its contrast-detection autofocus system while shooting movies." | talking about the camera's video-quality
"The D300S is not the standout product that its predecessor was and unless you find your clients are clamoring for video footage... that shouldn't take away from an absolutely excellent product - a gently polished and refined update of a product that we considered a benchmark when it was released." | talking about the camera's overall-performance


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The Nikon D300S vs other recent DSLRs

Focus points Many focus points Help
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Lens availability More lenses available Help
205 lenses
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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The Nikon D300S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


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The Nikon D300S vs other recent DSLRs

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Announced Old Help
July, 2009
Missing geo-tagging
Weight Heavy Help
938 g
Lowest price Expensive Help
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
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The Nikon D300S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Color depth Less color depth Help
22.5 bits
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
787 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually




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Avatar for Ian Rees Ian Rees (10:15 PM, March 02, 2013)
I have a Nikon d300s, what I found was if your using it in low light and changing the cf memory card it is very easy to insert the new card the wrong way as I found much to my cost as it cost me over £200 to get it fixed as the guarantee does not cover this so you have to be very careful when changing that card, otherwise its a great camera
Paul (10:20 PM, March 17, 2012)
This camera is just amazing. Even though it is almost obsolete now, it still kicks ass! The only thing I don't like is that the noise becomes just horrible at ISO higher than 1600 - everything else is just perfect with this camera. But you can still take great photos even in low light using external flash. I really love my D300s, it is the product of superb quality and reliability.
Letucuong (7:51 AM, January 06, 2012)
I love this camera too!
Nono (7:49 AM, February 21, 2011)
small size pro dslr (smaller sensor)
suitable for me, i think
Francisco Pereira Andrade (11:46 PM, January 26, 2011)
I don't like the Nikon D300s, I love this camera !
Mathew (10:03 PM, December 01, 2010)
Very good camera for sports photography.