Summary Nikon D300S

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
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Among similar cameras
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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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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D300S

"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
"Although the fine detail of ergonomics can come down to personal preference and hand shape/size, the basics are universal" | talking about the camera's feel
"The D300S - dependable, quality images which it's very hard to find fault with." | talking about the camera's image-quality


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The Nikon D300S vs other recent DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points Many focus points Help
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more 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

Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
225 ms shutter lag
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive 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
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Announced Old Help
July 2009
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
225 ms shutter lag
Weight Heavy Help
938 g
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The Nikon D300S vs other recent pro DSLRs

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




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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.