Summary Nikon D300S

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-200mm lens
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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"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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"A well-placed button may be slightly more or less comfortable for different people, but if it's readily accessible to everyone without the need to reposition their grip, then it's still well-positioned." | talking about the camera's button-layout
"The D300S - dependable, quality images which it's very hard to find fault with." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Sophisticated AF system with effective subject tracking" | talking about the camera's auto-focus


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The Nikon D300S vs other recent DSLRs

Overall image quality Incredible overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very wide dynamic range Help
12.2 EV
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help
Color depth Great color depth Help
22.5 bits
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points Many focus points Help
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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The Nikon D300S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Lens availability Many lenses available Help
230 lenses
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Size Quite small Help
Professional size (147×114×74 mm)
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
938 g


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The Nikon D300S vs other recent DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
787 ISO
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
July 2009
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
225 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
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The Nikon D300S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Screen size Small screen Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
7 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
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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.