Nikon D300

Released August, 2007
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
On almost every metric image quality is improved; lower noise, higher dynamic range, better default JPEG sharpness and a now brand-consistent color response.
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)
9.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D300

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D300
9.2
Nikon D700
10.0
D5200
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D300
9.2
D5200
8.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D300
10.0
Nikon D700
10.0
D5200
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D300
9.6
D5200
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

9.5

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D300
9.5
D5200
9.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D300

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D300
679 ISO
Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D300
2,100 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH
D5200
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D300
227 ms
D5200
302 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D300
57 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D300
300 ms
D5200
500 ms
Nikon D700
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D300
6 fps
D3200
4 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D300


10.0
I took most of my test shots in the standard 12-bit mode using mainly default settings, and I found the overall picture quality to be extremely high, with reliably perfect exposure and focusing, and of course the lens performed brilliantly.

8.4
Like Canon, Nikon has a lot invested in lens-based optical-image stabilization technology, so the D300 lacks the in-body sensor-shift stabilization that Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic offer.

9.0
Even now, its 10-megapixel CCD sensor can easily hold its own compared with similarly-priced rivals, and the robust build quality was - and still is - out of this world.

Overall

9.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

It's going to be a sad day when I have to give this one back, because at a shade under £2,000 with the 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens there's no way I'm going to be able to afford to buy one for myself.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
I tested the latter kit, and also used the camera with two non-DX lenses: a preproduction version of the 14-24mm 2.8G ED and the 24-70mm f/2.8G ED IF.
by c|net (Jan, 2008)
But if you do care about it and making your first dSLR purchase, or contemplating shifting from another brand, then don't discount its importance; the fact that the two kits require a choice between VR and non-VR lenses foreshadows future lens choices you'll have to make.
by c|net (Jan, 2008)

Sensor

Even using a tripod and self-timer haven't eliminated camera shale from this 100 ISO shot.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Fractionally more noise at 1600 ISO, but the photo is still perfectly usable.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
This shot is processed from a 14-bit RAW image.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Focus

The complex AF system and 1005-point metering have made a good job of this close up.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Auto focus is mature and flexible with the highest number of AF points and largest range of selection / grouping options of any camera here and there's almost no need to mention the superb 1005 pixel RGB metering sensor which is widely accepted as probably the best in the business.
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)
If the D300 has a stand-out feature, it is the remarkable 51-point Multi-CAM3500DX autofocus system which it shares with the D3, arguably the most advanced AF system in any currently available camera.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Image quality

Fantastic image quality, superb build and all the features you could hope for.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2008)
There is quite a lot of noise, and colour saturation is also affected.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Active D-lighting is very useful too, automatically adjusting shadow and highlight exposure in high-contrast shots, providing additional dynamic range.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Photography

Although professional sports photographers will tell you that fast reflexes and a good eye for the right moment are more important, fast continuous shooting speed seems to have become a required feature of top-end cameras, and here as well the D300 excels.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Another key feature is of course Monitor Live View, although it says something about the feature-packed nature of the D300 that it is mentioned almost as an afterthought.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 51
Cross type focus points 15
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Thickness 74 mm
Weight 925 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 922 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.94x
Viewfinder size 0.62x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 1,000 photos
Continuous shooting 6 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 227 ms
Shutter lag 57 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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