Excerpt: The D300s is a great camera, I elected to get the BL-3 battery cover to get more FPS and it works beautifully. It can keep up with my D700 no problem. The video part of the D300s is fine but just wish it had manual exposure. Along with no full auto focus it makes it difficult to follow any action. The D300s is a great still camera, but is really very average in the use of video.
Excerpt: After shooting with the D300 for 2 years, I'd have to say that I would have gone with the D90 in place of the D300 or, if you can afford it, upgrade to the D700 which is full frame. The D90 seems to have better ISO capabilities than the D300. Although, you have to consider the benefits of the D300...shutter speed up to 1/8000th (compared to 1/4000th on D90), as well as other options. But if you're serious about photography, you'll step up to the D700.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Fits my Hand Well, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD
Summary: I recently bought a Nikon D300s as a second camera for wildlife and sport. I Chose the S version as I anded dual memory cards and the video facility. I have used Fuji Pro SLR cameras since 2003; I have some observations on the D300s that may be of value. I have spent three months using the D300 Camera now with 7000+ shots. The D300 is a fast performer with a superb focusing system and build quality.
Pros: Build Quality, D300s is well built with metal body and weather sealing. The MB10 grip is a big improvement on the D200 grip for; however removing the grip to get aces to the battery is inconvenient., Features, The Big difference with the D300 is the dual memory Cards, Live view and Video. The D300 has a LV button and the video is very easy to operate., Video, I've been happy with the video output; its very controllable and high enough quality for occasional use. I've ...
Cons: Usability, The D300 is complex; and not a beginners camera. I struggled at first with the settings to get decent colour and contrast with the D300S., Colour, The D300s isn’t bad; but when compared with my Fuji S5 the colours can look muddy and over contrasty especially at high ISOs You get impact for sport but it lacks smoothness for portraits; that can look look harsh., Dynamic and Tonal Range, The D300 does not cope so well as the Fuji S5 with difficult light. Nikon...
Excerpt: Use it for wedding. I love the two memory card slots, the battery life, being able to put nefs on one card and jpgs on another, the white balance, getting nice 11x14 prints at 1,600 iso, and the exposure metering. I'm dissapointed that the video feature means that I'm spending more money, having more menu complexity, more size, and more weight all for something that I'll never use (I would get a video camera for video). Not a big deal, but still, just sayin.
Pros: Fantastic battery life, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Excerpt: I got this specifically for the hd video, I already own a d300 and the photo quality is outstanding, but I wanted the abilty to shoot film quality hd. I have to say, i'm dissapointed. Being able to control focus is great and the low light ability is outstanding but there are just to many flaws to make this a useful hd tool.
Pros: Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD
Cons: No manual video controls, Poor Video Quality
Excerpt: I purchased this camera specifically for its "video" capabilities. After watching Nikon's video demo from the product I felt that this camera would be a welcome additional to our video arsenal. It was not. Not only does the camera NOT shoot 1080p, it is finicky, quirky, and more trouble than it's worth for video. The camera's great for still images (hence the 3 Star rating) but if it's video you really want, get a video camera.
A word of warning if you're buying a D300S for its video capabilities
Lon J. Seidman "lon@ lon.tv", Amazon
31 August 2009
Summary: This is a tough review because this camera is so excellent as a still device and easily earns five stars. However, if you're currently a D300 owner looking to upgrade for this camera's new video capabilities you will be disappointed. The unfortunate 'rolling shutter' problem that plagues the video feature on the D90 exists on the new D300s too.
Summary: If you're a DX user tossing up between a D300s and a D7000 then this review might be of interest at the time of writing. After initially running in to autofocus issues with the D7000 i decided to try out a D300s, the first thing you notice with this camera is the build quality, it feels good and solid in the hand, has plenty of manual controls. The 51-point AF system is bang on, even in low light, very impressive but unfortunately thats pretty much where it ends.