The D300S is a go-anywhere do-anything DSLR. Features such as a 51-point autofocus system and Active D Lighting ensure that each shot is a keeper. The built-in TTL flash can handle most situations, but a hot shoe mount is available for more advanced Nikon speedlights. All of this versatility comes in a durable package, and the D300Ss magnesium alloy body can withstand the rigors of shooting situations from kindergarten graduations to wilderness expeditions.
The Live View option allows photographers to see, on the LCD or a remote device, exactly what the camera sees and how it sees it. Live View can be used with both hand-held and tripod mounted shots, and the D300S permits control of the feature with a single button.
Just as in still photography, the D300S provides a range of video recording choices between fully automatic and manual control. 1080p, 720p, and smaller formats are available, and constant autofocus keeps video sharp. The built-in microphone is always ready, and the D600 can be supplemented by an optional external stereo microphone.
51-point autofocus system
A 51-point system with 15 cross-type sensors gives the D300S autofocus capability every bit as fast and sharp as any professional-grade DSLR. Even at 6fps the autofocus is accurate, and the low-light capabilities are astonishing.
Durable yet stylish design
The D300S can take the physical demands of active photographers. The magnesium alloy body is as tough as it is beautiful, and the resilient construction also applies to internal parts. The D300Ss shutter can deliver well over 150,000 shots.
High-contrast scenes are no longer hard to capture. The Active-D Lighting feature analyzes scenes and suggests camera settings so the captured image mirrors what the human eye sees. The feature can remain activated for constant assistance, or it can be deactivated for more creative control.
The pop-up flash works in either manual or automatic TTL modes. Fill flash based on matrix metering and standard flash based on spot metering both provide superior results. And while the built-in flash has the capability to handle most situations, the D300S has a hot shoe mount for use with other Nikon speedlights.