Conclusion: The D200 was a big step forward for Nikon, the 'baby D2X' certainly gave the competition a thing or two to think about. Its big problem was the fact that Canon was still a generation ahead in the noise stakes, managing to consistently deliver clean images despite megapixel jumps. With the advent of the D300 however Nikon has conclusively removed this disparity and if anything stepped ahead of Canon (mostly thanks to its chroma based noise reduction delivering more...
Pros: Very good resolution and detail without looking over-processed, even up to ISO 1600, Better balanced noise reduction than most; more chroma NR, less luminance NR, High ISO 3200 perfectly usable (if slightly softer due to NR), ISO 6400 usable for small output, Highly configurable Auto ISO function (can set maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed), Conservative approach to image processing (slightly lower sharpening) helps to avoid 'digital' artifacts, Excellent dynamic r...
Cons: No timed mirror lock-up function (could be automatic with self-timer), Non-articulating LCD (increases the usefulness of Live View considerably), Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light
Summary: A simply stunning new Nikon with performance and handling panache at its core, if you’re in the game for new D-SLR and this Nikon takes your fancy, you should already be reaching for your wallets.
Pros: Excellent image quality and excellent ergonomics, excellent design and control layout, very good menu system with “Help” feature, good combination of usability, control and custom modes, value for money.
Cons: Slight issues over white balance control, modest continuous shooting frame rate, otherwise not much else.
Excerpt: After years of rumor and speculation, there is now a very impressive full-frame Nikon digital SLR, the Nikon D3. This 12.1-megapixel camera, aimed at sports, nature, and news photographers, packs an impressive 3-inch LCD screen with 920,000-pixel resolution, it sports a live-view function and can shoot at full resolution at 9 frames per second with autofocus. And that autofocus come from a 51-point AF system. ISO can be expanded down to 100, all the way up to 25,600!
Summary: The Nikon D300 is a tough high-end DSLR from Nikon which features a 12 megapixels sensor and a fast drive mode which runs at 6 FPS alone or at 8 FPS when paired with an optional battery grip. The D300 is clearly aimed at advanced photographers with a highly customizable interface and a viewfinder with 100% coverage.
Pros: Excellent image details until ISO 800, Lower image noise than most competing DSLRs, 100% Coverage Viewfinder, Comprehensive info shown in viewfinder, Fast and responsive except for live-view focusing, 51-Point Auto focus with Flexible controls, Highly customizable interface, Fantastic LCD display, Excellent Battery-Life, Solid build quality
Cons: Defaults to somewhat oversaturated colors, Noticeable softness starting at ISO 1600, Useless ISO 6400 mode, limited use ISO 3200, Poor white-balance under artificial light, Continuous drive slows to 2.5 FPS on highest quality RAW, Auto ISO deep in menu, remains active in M mode, Some control oddities, see
Excerpt: Upgrades aren't enough. A new feature here, a firmware tweak there doesn't cut it in today's DSLR battleground. Every finalist for the 2007 Camera of the Year Award can attest to that. But none of the eight contenders for this Oscar of the Photo Industry has proven the point as forcefully as the Nikon D300. The camera that best refines or redefines photography? The D300 triumphs on both counts, and raises the benchmark for every camera maker.
Excerpt: Nikon could have played it safe. By just tweaking its highly rated D200, the company could have come out with a camera priced closer to Canon's new 10.1MP EOS 40D ($1,300, street, body only). Instead, the engineers went wild, revamping everything from the viewfinder to the sensor, adding live view, and taking such pro-level features as the 51-zone AF system from the new Nikon D3 ($5,000, body only). The result: the new 12.3MP D300 ($1,800, body only).
Conclusion: The D300 is a strong successor to the D200. The D300 maintains all of the D200's advantages as an excellent general-purpose, prosumer DSLR and improves on several key areas. For about $3000 less, the D300 offers Nikon's current best AF module, which is also featured in their top professional model, the D3.
Conclusion: Nikon D300 Digital reflex camera Nikon produced a fabulous digital SLR camera with the new D300. A camera you can't get around as an advanced photographer and I can imagine the competition being very impressed with the impact the D300 has made. The shortcomings of the D200 are wiped away and Nikon have added some beautiful things. The Nikon D300 has become a smaller version of the D3 and that is a real compliment.
Summary: The Nikon D300 DSLR is an affordable professional-grade DSLR. It is a major upgrade to the Nikon D200 that it replaces and incorporates many of the features of the top of the line D3. The Nikon D300 has more features than the
beginner photographer would ever need. It now also features Live View, which works like in most other DSLRs. Which is to say, it is not like what you are used to on your consumer point-and-shoot digicams.