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Nikon has introduced its most advanced DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300. Engineered with pro-level features and performance, the 12.3 effective megapixel D300 combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from Nikon's newly announced D3 professional digital SLR camera to offer serious photographers remarkable performance combined with agility.

The Nikon D300 Digital SLR Camera is outfitted here with Nikon's 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens

Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikon's exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the camera's new features. The D300 features a new 51-point auto focus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as found in the D3 that promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions.

The D300 reacts with lightning speed, powering-up in a mere 0.13 seconds and shooting with an imperceptible 45 millisecond shutter release lag time. The D300 is capable of shooting at a rapid six frames per second and can go as fast as eight frames per second when using the optional MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack. In continuous bursts, the D300 can shoot up to 100 shots* at full 12.3 megapixel resolution.

Nikon's D200 digital SLR camera was a runaway success for because it embodies everything that performance-conscious photographers demanded. With the D300, Nikon has raised the bar with remarkable new features, greater resolution and speed, and even higher image quality. The D300 delivers an unmatched combination of quality, performance and value that's hard for discerning photographers to resist.?

The D300 incorporates a range of innovative technologies and features that will significantly improve the accuracy, control and performance photographers can get from their equipment. Its new Scene Recognition System advances the use of Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-segment sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help the camera determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed, before a picture is taken. This information is used to improve the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance functions in the D300. For example, the camera can track moving subjects better and by identifying them, it can also automatically select focus points faster and with greater accuracy. It can also analyze highlights and more accurately determine exposure, as well as infer light sources to deliver more accurate white balance detection.

The D300 incorporates Nikon's new Multi-CAM 3500DX auto focus module that features an intelligent array of 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors. These sensors can either be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either nine, 21 or all 51 focus points. The system also features 3D tracking with automatic focus point switching that takes advantage of all 51 AF points as it uses color and light information to accurately track the subject. Nikon's new Scene Recognition System and improved focus algorithms also contribute to the impressive performance of the new 51-point AF system.

Nikon's new Picture Control System makes it easy for users of all experience levels to select and apply adjustments to how their pictures are rendered and create optimized settings to suit their individual preferences. The same settings produce consistent picture tone, even when using different camera bodies. The Picture Control System offers four basic setting options - Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome. These can be directly modified for easy adjustment and customization of image parameters, such as sharpening, tone compensation, brightness and saturation. Photographers can customize and store up to nine customized options in the D300 and export up to 99 to a CF memory card, enabling photographers to share settings among multiple cameras that feature Picture Control System.

Taking a cue from the popularity of Nikon's D-Lighting technology, the D300 features a new Active D-Lighting mode that, when enabled, provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast. Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time can be shortened.

The D300's LiveView feature offers two modes for confirming subjects and composition on the new 920,000-dot, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor while shooting. The Tripod mode is designed for precise focus and accuracy when the camera is on a stable platform and the subject is not moving. In this mode, the camera focuses on the subject using focal-plane contrast and any point on the LCD screen can be selected as the focus point for the picture. The second mode, called Handheld mode, allows photographers to use the camera's conventional TTL focusing system, with all 51-points and 15 cross-type points available. When using this mode, the camera activates focusing immediately when the shutter button is pressed, to ensure accurate focus.

The D300 also employs a new self-cleaning sensor unit. Four different resonance frequencies vibrate the optical low pass filter in front of the image sensor to shake particles free and reduce the appearance of dust.

Refined Ergonomics and Usability
The D300 inherits one of Nikon's most streamlined, functional and aesthetically pleasing layouts in a digital SLR camera, designed to enable photographers to take pictures with less fatigue, greater accuracy and comfort.

The camera's viewfinder provides virtually 100 percent coverage so pictures can be framed accurately, while an ultra-high definition 920,000 dot VGA LCD screen on the rear of the camera displays images with vivid color and clarity. Its 170-degree wide viewing angle makes it easy to compose shots using the LCD screen in LiveView mode.

The D300 features rugged magnesium alloy construction and the camera's shutter mechanism is tested up to 150,000 cycles. The 3.0-inch LCD is strengthened with tempered glass and the D300's rubber gaskets and seals protect vulnerable entry points from dust and moisture.

Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens

  • Compact 3x zoom lens covering the most frequently used focal range of 18 to 55mm
  • Vibration Reduction minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures hand-held at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Optical design, optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs for superior performance
  • Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare
  • Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • Close focusing distance to 0.9 feet (0.28 meters) throughout the entire zoom range
  • Separate zoom and focusing rings ensure responsive operation
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 14 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(4), Fast shutter speed(4), Great picture quality(4), Image stabilization(4), Large clear LCD(13)
Best Uses:
Art(6), Fun(10), Landscape/scenery(4), Photojournalism(9), Portraits(6)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(5)
 
Best Upgrade I Ever Made! LOVE IT!!!!!!!
By I--S--O Perfect!Verified Reviewer from Portsmouth, VA on 6/13/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

I can honestly say, I have taken this camera everywhere I go...............except funerals..cause that would weird.

 
Excellent camera
By EnidVerified Reviewer from Brooklyn, NY on 3/3/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Art
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

The detail is sharp and the colors and autofocus are accurate. My only complaint is the little gizmo that attaches to the eyepiece to prevent light from entering the camera when the timer is in use. I'm so scared I'll lose that little thing. It's too bad they couldn't have attached it permanently.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Have to use it to believe it
By left eyeVerified Reviewer from Buffalo, NY on 2/8/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Sleek, Strong Construction
Cons:
Weight
Best Uses:
Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

I have used a ton of camera's over the years, this one by far has given me more enjoyment and has come the closest to film quality within a reasonable price point. I'm so happy I going to buy another as a back up.

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crisp and clean

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sweet stuff.....deep and rich

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Awesome features
By Sugar SnapperVerified Reviewer from Atlanta GA on 2/7/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

I love how all the controls- f-stops, shutter, exposure comp, metering, iso, image size can be controlled while looking through the viewfinder. The speed is second to none. I love that you can assign func. buttons that are fully customizable. Wonderful camera and very versatile!

 
Simply Amazing
By Rockin' Rick from Pittsburgh on 12/3/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Image Stabilization
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Landscape, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

Can't give this camera enough praise. This is my first DSLR so I have nothing to compare it to, but I couldn't imagine using anything else.

The photos are so sharp and colors are very natural. Can't wait to get me a nifty-fifty to toss on and take some live concert shots.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
The Nikon D300 has it all.....
By Dan G.Verified Reviewer from Oxford NC on 10/23/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Strong Construction
Cons:
Bit loud
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Photojournalism, Sports
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

I used the D300 with the 70-300VR at 70mm, F4.5., ISO 800, 1/125 no flash. See results. Resized only. Excellent in high ISO

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Love it. Highly recommended
By Roi Garcia from san antonio on 8/16/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD
Best Uses:
Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

Great

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Leaders Lead,Therefore Follow Nikon
By Charlie O.Verified Purchaser from Baltimore, Maryland on 8/13/2008
Pros:
Accurate colors, Comfortable Controls, Easy to use and learn, Strong Construction
Cons:
Zero None
Best Uses:
Fun, Landscapes, Low light, Nature and Wildlife Shoot, Portraits, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

If your a serious rookie or a pro photographer, save your coins and purchase this awesome machine.

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A cloudy day in Baltimore, MD

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Federal Hill / Baltimore, MD

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[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
i like so much this d300 too much fun...
By nardong putik from paris france on 8/9/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

its great...

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Simply stated "It's a GREAT camera!"
By k d andowVerified Reviewer from Rochester, MN on 8/6/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

I've owned large and medium format film cameras, 35mm SLR's. I've been in the photography business since the mid 70's. Since the digital age, I've used the Nikon D1X, D2X, the D100, the D200, and now I have the D300, as well as a couple point & shoots, my wife has a D40X and I still have and use my 1st digital, a Coolpix 5000. The D300, I love this camera! It's fast, reliable, smooth, and fun. The image quality is great. It's reasonably priced and I believe it's the best camera on the market today, value for dollar.

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Best 35mm DSL available
By u2spiderVerified Purchaser from concord nc on 7/30/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

The D300 has all the important controls on the
body . No more menu scrolling while the shot is at hand. The 18-55 VR lens is lightweight and very sharp. The camera fits very comfortable in your hand
I have the 18-200 VR ZOOM AND I prefer the lighter
weight 18-55.

[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
A Definite YES
By iCenturionVerified Reviewer from San Francisco on 7/5/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Fast, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

I own the D-80 and found the transition to the D300 very easy. T thought the weight difference between the two cameras would be noticeable but the D300 has great ergonomics and fits right into my hands with ease and comfort. This camera is fast and efficient with outstanding performance. In less than 2 months, I've capped off almost 10,000 shots. This camera wants you to use it and when you do, you'll discover that the results are superb. But don't listen to me, find out for yourself...

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Lake Union, Seattle

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Canoer in Lake Union

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[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nikon Does it again
By Jenks46 from Herndon, VA on 6/22/2008
Pros:
All The Best, Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Fun, Photojournalism, Pro, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

This is a professional camera at an Hobbyist price point. I own a D-3 and it's not much of a difference between the two just price. A couple of my professional friends said I wouldn't be abe to tell the difference and I would have to say they are right.

[8 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

 
Why buy the D3?
By BenVerified Reviewer from Bodø, Norway on 5/19/2008
Pros:
Fast Shutter Speed, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
Best Uses:
Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D300 Professional Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor VR Lens:

Can actually be used as a pro-camera. The pricedifference up to the D3is not worth the money.
The "weather-sealing" could be better, but that's the only negative thing I can say about this camera!

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