Nikon D300s Review

4.5
October 5, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

Specifications

Type

Single-lens reflex digital camera

 
Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

 
Effective picture angle

Approx. 1.5 x conversion factor (Nikon DX format)

 
Effective pixels

12.3 million

 
Image sensor

23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor

 
Total pixels

13.1 million

 
Dust-reduction system

Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)

 
Storage
 
Image size (pixels)

4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]

 
File format

• NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed
• TIFF (RGB)
• JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
• NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

 
Picture Control System

Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls

 
Media

Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant); SD memory cards, SDHC compliant

 
Dual card slots

Either card can be used as the primary card; secondary card can be used for overflow or backup storage, or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; images can be copied between cards

 
File system

DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge

 
Viewfinder

Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

 
Viewfinder frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical

 
Magnification

Approx. 0.94 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)

 
Eyepoint

19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)

 
Diopter adjustment

-2 to +1 m-1

 
Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)

 
Reflex mirror

Quick return

 
Depth-of-field preview

When depth-of-field preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)

 
Lens aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled

 
Compatible lenses

• DX NIKKOR: All functions supported
• Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions); IX-NIKKOR lenses not supported
• Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II; lenses for F3AF not supported
• AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
• Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only)
•Electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster

 
Shutter
 
Type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter

 
Speed

1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250

 
Flash sync speed

X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)

 
Release modes

Single frame, continuous low speed, continuous high speed, quiet shutter-release, self-timer, mirror up

 
Frame advance rate

With Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e: Approx. 1 to 7 fps (CL), approx. 7 fps (CH);
With optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 and Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a: Approx. 1 to 7 (CL) fps, approx. 8 fps (CH)*

* With a battery other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, the continuous shooting speed may be slower than 8 fps in continuous high-speed mode.

 
Self-timer

Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration

 
Exposure
 
Metering

TTL exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

 
Method

• Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10 or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (fixed at 8 mm when non-CPU lens is used)
• Spot: Meters 3-mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

 
Range (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)

• Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV

 
Exposure meter coupling

Combined CPU and AI

 
Exposure modes

Programmed auto with flexible program (P); Shutter-priority auto (S); Aperture-priority auto (A); Manual (M)

 
Exposure compensation

-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

 
Exposure bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

 
Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

 
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) above ISO 3200

 
Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off

 
ADL bracketing

2 to 5 frames with strength levels varying according to number of frames chosen; for 2 frames, off and a chosen level are applied

 
Focus
 
Autofocus

Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)

 
Autofocus detection range

-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20°C /68°F)

 
Lens servo

• Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
• Manual (M): Electronic rangefinder supported

 
Focus point

Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points

 
AF-area modes

Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF

 
Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

 
Flash
 
Built-in flash

Manual pop-up with button release; Guide number of 17/56 (m/ft., ISO 200, 20 °C/68 °F) or 12/39 (m/ft., ISO 100 equivalent, 20 °C/68 °F)

 
Flash control

• TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash, Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
• Auto aperture: Available with Speedlight SB-900 or SB-800 and CPU lens
• Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S
• Range-priority manual: Available with Speedlight SB-900 and SB-800

 
Flash modes

Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync

 
Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

 
Flash bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

 
Flash-ready indicator

Lights when built-in flash or flash unit such as Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output

 
Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock

 
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

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

 
Sync terminal

ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

 
White balance

Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (able to store up to 5 values) and color temperature setting (2,500K to 10,000K); fine-tuning available for all options

 
White balance bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3

 
Live View modes

Tripod, Hand-held

 
Live View autofocus

• Tripod: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
• Hand-held: TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)

 
Movie frame size (pixels)

1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps

 
Movie file format

AVI

 
Movie compression format

Motion-JPEG

 
Movie autofocus

Contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a frame is possible (Tripod mode)

 
Movie audio

Sound can be recorded via built-in (monaural) or optional external (stereo/monaural) microphone; sensitivity can be adjusted

 
Movie maximum length

5 min (1,280 x 720 pixels), 20 min (640 x 424, 320 x 216 pixels)

 
LCD monitor

3-in., approx. 920k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment

 
Playback function

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)

 
Interface
 
USB

Hi-Speed USB

 
Audio video output

Can be selected from NTSC and PAL

 
HDMI output

HDMI Mini connector (Type C); camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected

 
Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)

 
10-pin remote terminal

Can be used to connect optional remote control, 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)

 
 
Supported languages

Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

 
Battery

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

 
Battery pack

Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, EN-EL4a/EN-EL4 or eight R6/AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH, lithium or nickel-manganese batteries; Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EN-EL4 and R6/AA-size batteries available separately; Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 (available separately) required when using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EN-EL4

 
AC adapter

AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5 (available separately)

 
Tripod socket

1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

 
Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm/5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.

 
Weight

Approx. 840 g/1 lb. 14 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or monitor cover

 
Operating environment
 
Temperature

0-40°C/32-104°F

 
Humidity

Less than 85% (no condensation)

 
Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area)

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-8, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Software Suite CD-ROM

 

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