Conclusion: While the lack of any increase in pixel count may disappoint some, using this as a basis to dismiss the D300s would be unfair, as quality shouldn't be based on the pixel count alone. The Nikon D300s is a well-rounded camera and more than capable of professional-quality results. In the same way the D300 has become a favourite with enthusiasts and semi-pros, the same should be true of the D300s.
Summary: The fact that the D300s is so similar to the original D300 really is testament to how highly specified the original model already was. Many of the changes Nikon has made seem more as justifications for bringing out a new model, rather than the result of any focus groups or market demand.
Excerpt: 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...
Summary: Like its predecessor the build quality and ergonomics are excellent, and while the look and feel are subjective, we’d say Nikon continues to lead the pack in this respect. The handling is quick with swift and accurate autofocus, no shutter lag to speak of, and quick continuous shooting. The 51-point AF system sounds like overkill, but in practice effectively tracks erratically-moving subjects without compromising the view.
Pros: Tough build and superb ergonomics., Quick 51-point AF and burst shooting., 3in VGA screen with Live View., 720p HD movies with microphone input.
Cons: 12 Mpixels looking low next to EOS 7D., No 1080p video or live histogram., PC control software not bundled., Continuous shooting same as D300 in our tests.
Conclusion: The bottom line is that we loved taking pictures with the D300S. Quite apart from image quality, it's so quick to use and adjust that you'll hardly ever miss a shot. The build-quality is extraordinary and the inclusion of (admittedly limited) HD video recording is a sleeper feature that grows on you over time. The deceptively good value is the icing on the cake.
Excerpt: Harley Ogier trials the latest DX format Nikon The D300s is Nikon’s latest digital SLR, replacing the D300 at the top of the company’s DX format range. Packing a comprehensive feature set behind its 12.3 megapixel crop sensor, the D300s is likely to appeal to serious amateurs and upstart professionals who can’t quite afford to go full-frame. Image Quality The D300s produces images of near-professional quality.
Pros: Great image quality, Powerful feature set, HD video recording
Cons: Not the most comfortable grip, Slight image noise