Nikon D300S In-depth Review
Nikon D300s specifications
|Price (Body)||US: $1699
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Sensor|| 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
13.1 million total pixels
12.3 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
|Image processor||Nikon EXPEED|
|A/D conversion||14 bit|
|Image sizes|| 4288 x 2848 [L; 12.2 MP]
3216 x 2136 [M; 6.9 MP]
2144 x 1424 [S; 3.1 MP]
|Image sizes (Movie)*|| 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps *
640 x 424 @ 24 fps *
320 x 216 @ 24 fps *
|File formats|| NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
NEF + JPEG
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Motion JPEG *
|NEF compression|| Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed):
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx.
|Lens mount|| Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
1.5x field of view crop
DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
|Dust reduction|| Self-cleaning sensor unit ('Clean image sensor')
Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)
|Auto Focus|| 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
|Movie Auto Focus*||Contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a frame is possible (Tripod mode)*|
|Lens Servo|| Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
|Focus Point|| Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
|AF Area Mode||
Single point AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
|Exposure modes|| Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
|Metering range|| 3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
|Meter coupling||CPU and AI|
|Exposure lock||Locked using AE-L/AF-L button|
2 to 9 frames
|Exposure compen.|| +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Default: ISO 200 - 3200 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
|Shutter|| Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec with reduced GN)
|DOF Preview|| Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modelling flash
|White balance|| Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning
Manual presets (five)*
Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames,1, 2, 3 MIRED steps)
|Picture Control|| Standard
|Image parameters|| Quick Adjust: 5 settings (adjusts Sharpening, Contrast and Saturation by preset amounts)*
Sharpening: Auto, 10 levels*
Contrast: Auto, 7 levels*,
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 7 levels*
Hue: 5 levels*
|Color space|| sRGB
|Viewfinder|| Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
Built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 19.5 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Frame coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.94x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens; -1.0m-1
|Focusing screen|| B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
|LCD monitor|| 3.0 " TFT LCD
920,000 pixels* (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
170° viewing angle
100% frame coverage
Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
|Shooting modes|| Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]
Continuous High [CH]
Quiet shutter-release [Q]*
|Continuous shooting|| With built-in battery: up to 6 fps
With AC adapter or MB-D10 pack and batteries other than EN-EL3e: up to 8 fps
12-bit RAW at full speed, 14-bit RAW only 2.5 fps
|Self-timer|| 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec*|
TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor.
|Flash Sync Mode|| Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
|Built-in Speedlight|| Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number (ISO 200, m) approx 17 (manual 18)
Guide number (ISO 100, m) approx 12 (manual 13)
|Flash Accessory Shoe||ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided|
|Flash Sync Terminal||ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided|
|Flash compensation|| -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps*
|Creative Lighting System||
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, Speedlight SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
|Playback mode|| Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 or 72* images)
Auto image rotation
Image Comment (up to 36 characters)*
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
GPS: GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional GPS Cable MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
|Storage|| Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
|Power|| Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh)
Included battery charger MH-18a
Optional AC adapter EH-5a / EH-5
Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
|Vertical grip|| Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries
|Battery monitoring||The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL3e battery:
Remaining charge (%)
No. of shots taken since last charge
Battery life (5 stages)
|Dimensions||147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||840 g (1.9 lb)|
|Weight (with batt)||918 g (2.2 lb)|
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, AC Adapter EH-5a, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2
* New or changed compared to the D300
- 17 Photographic tests (DR)
- 18 Photographic tests
- 19 Movie Mode
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 28 Compared to (Resolution)
- 29 Compared to (Resolution)
- 30 Conclusion
- 31 Samples
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