4 reviews

Nikon D300S

$1,800.00 Released August, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:51-point AF system. Durable build. Slightly faster continuous shooting compared to the D300 (7 or 8FPS vs 6 or 7FPS - depends on use of battery grip).

The Cons:Mono microphone for video recording. 5 minute video length limit. Not a revolutionary upgrade from the now year-old D300.

The Nikon D300S is a high-end 13.1 megapixel digital SLR camera released in August 2009. As the successor to the Nikon D300, this updated camera absorbs several features seen since the original’s release including the virtual horizon and quite drive feature, plus a 720p movie mode.

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A first for Nikon is contrast-detection autofocus, which operates while taking video on the D300S. Compared to the previous model, the camera’s continuous shooting speed has been increased to 7fps from 6fps. Other improvements include simplified menus as well as extra lighting options. Other features include a 3 inch LCD display, 51 autofocus points and a dual memory card slot (CF/SD). The D300S uses what Nikon calls “EXPEED” image processing, which allows the camera to automatically adjust internal settings based on the shooting environment. More experienced users can manually adjust a variety of camera settings including the flash, white balance focus and exposure.


  • 3” TFT LCD display
  • 13.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 720p HD video (autofocus while recording)
  • 51-point autofocus system
  • IS0 200-3200 range
  • 7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • EXPEED automatic mode
  • Picture controls (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, & Landscape)
  • Dual CF/SD memory card slot
  • Auto and Extra High Active D-Lighting options
  • Quiet drive mode
  • Virtual horizon
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Dimensions & weight: 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in, 2.2 lb (inc. battery)

User Reviews (4)

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  • 4

    51-point AF system

  • 3

    durable build

  • 3

    slightly faster continuous shooting compared to the D300 (7 or 8FPS vs 6 or 7FPS - depends on use of battery grip)

  • 3

    now offers SD card support (as well as CF) includes intelligent management modes (backup mirror, splitting RAW & JPEG, overflow)

  • 3

    low noise 12.3MP sensor (same as that on the originally D300)

  • 3

    ergonomic design

  • 3

    bright viewfinder with 100% coverage

  • 3

    high resolution 3" display (921k dot)

  • 2

    can record video in 720p high definition (best improvement over the D300)

  • 2

    HDMI output

  • 2

    auto-focus in video mode (a first for Nikon)

  • 2

    external stereo microphone input

  • 2

    new quiet mode - reduces the noise of the mirror flipping

  • 2

    mono microphone for video recording

  • 2

    5 minute video length limit

  • 2

    not a revolutionary upgrade from the now year-old D300

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