Nikon D300S

Announced Jul 30, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Nikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)
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Announced Jul 30, 2009

The Nikon D300S is a relatively minor update to the D300 - the leading APS-C DSLR of its day. It's based around an updated, video-capable version of the 12MP CMOS sensor used in its predecessor. It offers a very slightly revised control layout and improved continuous shooting rate. The biggest change is the addition of the ability to shoot 720p24 HD movies (MJPEG). Beyond that it retains the rugged build, excellent 51-point AF system and 100% coverage viewfinder that made the D300 such a pleasure to work with. Improvements in sensor technology and Nikon's re-jigging of its lineup mean it is no longer the stand-out camera it once was.

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Review, Nov 16, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4288 x 2848
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO 200 - 3200 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 - 6400 with boost)
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 938 g (2.07 lb / 33.09 oz)
Dimensions 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.79 x 4.49 x 2.91)
GPS Optional

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Our review

A relatively minor upgrade to one of the defining cameras of the semi-pro sector adds a useful HD video mode and a wealth of minor improvements that improve the already excellent handling. Although the D300S has stronger competition than its predecessor, it still manages to impress, as do the images it produces.

Good for: Pretty much anything from landscapes to sports

Not so good for: Serious movie making

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Highly Recommended
82%
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