Excerpt: update: 3/12/08 typo fixes, battery info update: 3/25/08 removed Cleon recommendation 4/3/08: BKT button comment 10/12/12: update Nikon D300 Review Is it really better than a D2x at one-third the cost? Add a comment or send Thom feedback on this article. Update: The D300 got a mid-life refresh with the D300s. That refresh didn't change much: it added video capabilities and a second card slot, but not much of anything else.
Pros: Program exposure mode: maximum internal flash range = 2' to 9'10", Aperture priority exposure mode: maximum internal flash range = 3'3" to 27'11", Wide isn't wide . If you do scenic work, as I do, you need DX lenses to restore your wide angle due to the 1.5x angle of view change. We've now got enough pixels that the flaws of wide angle lenses are more apparent. The Nikkor 12-24mm is a decent mate with the D300, as are the Sigma 10-20mm and the Nikkor 14-24mm., Noise a...
Cons: Program exposure mode: maximum internal flash range = 2' to 9'10", Aperture priority exposure mode: maximum internal flash range = 3'3" to 27'11", Faster than a D2x. You've got to be kidding me: faster autofocus, faster frame rates, faster card writes than a body that sold for three times the price. That's progress., Flexible and Controllable . New controls, more options, and improved user control all around. Some of the stuff is modest (like the MyMenu tab), but it s...
Summary: Not many professional cameras can surpass what the Nikon D300s already achieved. It has taken down the basics and up its standards to cater the needs of professional photographers and even amateur photo enthusiasts. Read and learn more in this Nikon D300s camera review.
Summary: The impressive
is an update of the well-regarded D300 DX format digital SLR body, and is a recommended upgrade for existing Nikon users, or as a new body for photographers looking for a powerful and versatile camera.
Conclusion: The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300s is a solid D-SLR and a nice speed upgrade if you already own Nikon lenses. But for the same price, Canon offers larger 18-megapixel images and more comprehensive HD-video-capture options with its EOS 7D.
Pros: Top-notch image quality. Fast, 7-frames-per-second image capture. Extremely accurate 51-point autofocus system. HD video capture.
Cons: Low-ISO images are softer than those from competing cameras. Limited HD video recording options.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Highly competitive image quality at all ISO settings, Excellent high ISO performance with low noise and good levels of detail, Highly configurable Auto ISO function (can set maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed), 7 frames per second continuous shooting speed (8 with battery grip), Makes good use of its dual media card slots, Sophisticated AF system with effective subject tracking, Excellent build quality with magnesium body and environmental sealing, Good ergonomics,...
Cons: Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting, Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, Rolling shutter effect when shooting video, Occasional 'grain' in blue skies, even at base ISO, Contrast detection AF is slow (as it is on all DSLRs), Internal microphone readily records lens noise, No liveview histogram
Summary: The little Xacti DMX-HD700 is as fun to use as the CG65, but now with the HD720p! In the end, it really feels like a GC65 with an “HD option.” I think Sanyo should have used a totally new approach for the high definition, especially when it comes to the lens or auto-focus… They actually already found the answer, and it’s called the Xacti-HD1000 (review coming soon).
Pros: compact, fun to use, HD makes it more than just a “web-buzz-cam”, macro mode, manual focus, photo mode
Cons: the lens is not so good for HD, poor auto focus in HD, no more mini-USB port, some parts could have been constructed with better materials
Summary: The D300s takes nice pictures, but I didn’t feel the same magic as with the D90 and D700. The camera feels great, but I had more misses with the D300s than I had with the D90 and D700. Maybe the lens that Nikon sent wasn’t the best choice. I’m not sure but even with its new gizmos, the D300s isn’t much of an improvement over the D300.
Conclusion: When the D300 was introduced back in 2007 (simultaneously with the D3) for $1800, it was a huge step forward from the D2X/D2XS, which was until that point Nikon’s top-of-the-line DSLR at close to $5000. As a result, the D2X’s value in the used market has sunk like a rock. However, since the D300 was so ahead of its time then, it is still very good now in 2009.
Excerpt: When Nikon's D300 hit stores about two years ago, it wowed everyone with its high-resolution LCD, 14-bit RAW capture, and sophisticated AF and metering systems that combined to precisely track moving subjects. But now many DSLRs have big LCDs, 14-bit RAW, and video capture, too-witness the new Canon EOS 7D previewed on page 71.