Nikon D300 Brief Review


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  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED Image Processor
  • Live View LCD display
  • JPEG, TIFF, NEF (RAW) file formats
  • Nikon F lens mount
  • 51 point auto focus
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (100 - 6400 w/boost)
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • HDMI video out
  • Compact Flash storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-09-01
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D300
12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor; Nikon EXPEED Image Processor; Live View LCD display; JPEG, TIFF, NEF (RAW) file formats; Nikon F lens mount; 51 point auto focus; ISO 200 - 3200 (100 - 6400 w/boost); 3.0-inch LCD display; HDMI video out; Compact Flash storage; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

This has since been replaced by the excellent D300s. Here's what we had to say about the original D300 when it was released in September 2007:

Nikon's D300 is meant to be a more affordable, more approachable version of its superlative D3 digital SLR, but that doesn't mean it's not a great camera in its own right. Like its big brother, the D300 supports "Live View," meaning users can preview and set-up their shots on the LCD display rather than through the viewfinder, a feature which has been rare on dSLRs until recently. Nikon's reputation for outstanding SLRs looks to be safe with the D300, and those looking to get involved with high-end or professional photography should pay special attention to this camera.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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