The Nikon D300
is a 12.3-megapixel professional
DX format digital single-lens reflex
that Nikon Corporation announced on 23 August 2007 along
with the Nikon D3 FX format
camera. It is designated by Nikon
as the ultimate in DX format
performance . It is quite similar to the D700
, with the main difference being that the
D300 uses a DX sensor instead of an FX sensor. It offers both high
resolution and high speed (being able to capture 6 frames per
second, and 8 frames per second with the addition of an optional
MB-D10 battery pack). As with most Nikon DX-format DSLRs, the Nikon
D300 and MB-D10 are manufactured in Ayuthaya, Thailand.
D300 was officially discontinued by Nikon on September 11
, 2009, replacing it with the
, released July 30,
The D300 has not only a built in autofocus
motor for all Nikon autofocus-lenses
, but includes CPU and metering for
older Nikon F-mount
Additionally, like the Nikon D3
, the D300
- Nikon DX format CMOS sensor
- 1.5x field of view crop
- 12.3 megapixel sensor
- Magnesium alloy weather sealed body
- Nikon F-mount lenses
- Active D-Lighting (3 levels)
- 3D Color Matrix Metering II, using a 1005 pixel RGB sensor.
Including matrix, center weight, and spot metering with AI and AIS
manual focus lenses produced since 1977
- Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration.
- Retouch menu includes filter type, hue, crop, D-light, Mono
(Black and White, Cyanotype or Sepia).
- Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module with
51 sensors in normal mode; Single Servo and Continuous Servo focus
modes, advanced focus tracking modes, selectable Single Area AF,
Dynamic area AF, Group Dynamic AF, and Closest Subject Priority
- Live View Mode
- Built-in Sensor cleaning (using ultrasound) helps to remove the dust from
- Six frame-per-second continuous shooting for up to 100 JPEG, up
to eight frame-per-second with optional MB-D10 battery grip with
eight AA batteries, EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a battery installed.
- 3.0 inch 921,600 dots LCD display (640 × 480 VGA, 307,200 RGB
- 10-pin remote and flash sync terminals on camera
- GPS compatible
- EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery 7.4V/1500 MAH offering up to 1800
shots per charge, according to Nikon; with advanced battery
information available in camera menus.
- ISO 200–3200, selectable in 1/3, 1/2
or 1 stop increments. Additionally ISO 100 and ISO 6400 available
with ISO Boost. Selectable in camera ISO noise reduction, applied
- Built-in Speedlight offers balanced
fill-flash with Nikon's i-TTL flash system, and can fire
in commander mode for wireless off-camera firing of other
speedlights; controlling up to two groups of speedlights with
individual exposure compensation.
- File formats include JPEG, TIFF, NEF (Nikon's raw image format compressed and
uncompressed), and JPEG+NEF (JPEG size/quality selectable)
The Nikon D300 was announced on August 23, 2007. Outdoor
Photographer, Shutterbug Magazine, and the UK magazine, "What
Digital Camera" presented initial 'First Look' reviews. Imaging
Resource and Photocrati also did their own initial reviews. DCR and
Camera Labs have full reviews of the D300. Digital Review Canada
compares it to the older Nikon D200. Popular Photography
Nikon D300 for their official "Camera of the Year 2007" award. The
magazine also reviewed the camera, and noted at that time that
Nikon Capture NX
software was packaged
with the camera; more recent packages include a 30-day trial
Accessories and Software Upgrades
MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack
MB-D10 Battery Pack
The MB-D10 is an optional accessory battery pack that provides a
vertical grip as well as additional shutter release and autofocus
buttons, command dials and focus point selection control.
The MB-D10 allows the D300 to be powered by an additional EN-EL3e
battery or AA batteries. An optional carrier is available which
allows for an EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a battery to be installed instead.
The camera can be configured to assign priority to either the
internal EN-EL3e battery or the MB-D10 grip such that the other
battery is used only when the primary battery is dead.
The D300 can shoot 8 frames per second with the MB-D10 &
AA/EN-EL4/EN-EL4a battery installed, otherwise the camera is
limited to a 6 frames per second 'shooting' mode. The MB-D10 is
also compatible with the D700 but not the D200.
'D2X Mode' and firmware upgrade
On January 15, 2008, Nikon released three additional picture
control modes for the D300 which emulate the D2X/D2XS color modes
I, II and III.
On February 14, 2008, Nikon released a firmware upgrade which
resolves an issue where vertical banding can occur when long
exposure noise reduction is enabled for shutter speeds of 8 seconds
- Kenrockwell.com: Nikon Lens Compatibility
- Kenrockwell.com: Nikon 24mm PC-E
- Photocrati: Nikon D300 Review