PRICE: RM 5000
12.3 effective megapixel Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor Magnesium alloy body for light weight and rugged durability Nikon^s original EXPEED digital image processing concept Nikon^s original Scene Recognition system Nikon?s Software Suite software for easy control over image adjustment Newly employed Picture Control System Accurate focal-plane contrast AF CF card double slot accepts two CF cards Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL flash control Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage


Type of CameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses
Effective Pixels12.3 million
Image SensorCMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format
Image Size (Pixels)4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
SensitivityISO 200 to 3,200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200, and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200
File FormatNEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW); TIFF (RGB); JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File SystemCompliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21
Storage MediaCompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives
Shooting Modes1) Single frame [S] mode 2) Continuous low speed [CL] mode: 1 to 7*¹ frames per second 3) Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 8 frames per second*¹, 6 frames per second*² 4) Liveview [LV] mode 5) Self-timer [ ] mode 6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode. *¹ When using AC Adaptor EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e. *² When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or faster with other settings at default)
White BalanceAuto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, white balance bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments 1~3)
LCD Monitor Size3-in.
LCD MonitorApprox. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation
Delete FunctionCard format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete
I/O TerminalNTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
InterfaceHi-Speed USB
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
ViewFinder TypeSLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-¹)
Eyepoint19.5 mm (-1.0 m-¹)
Focusing ScreenType-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal) / Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-¹
Reflex MirrorAutomatic, instant-return type
Lens ApertureInstant-return type, with Depth-of-field preview button
AutofocusTTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module; Detection -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible; Focal plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]
Focus Modes1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering SystemTTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor: 1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed); 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used); 3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Metering CouplingCombined CPU and AI
Exposure Control1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S] 3) Aperture Priority Auto [A] 4) Manual [M]
Auto Exposure LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure BracketingExposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
Maximum Shutter1/8,000
Minimum Shutter30
ShutterElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, Bulb
Sync ContactX=1/250 sec.; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 sec. (FP) adjustable with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)
Flash Control1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor. Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash; 2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens; 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S; 4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
Flash Sync Modes1) Front-curtain Sync (normal) 2) Red-eye Reduction 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync 4) Slow Sync 5) Rear-curtain Sync
Accessory ShoeISO 518 Standard hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal
Self-Timer2 to 20 seconds duration
Depth of Field Preview ButtonWhen CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
Remote ControlRemote control: via 10-pin terminal
GPSNMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Supported LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Power RequirementsOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)
Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
DimensionsApprox. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D100, Strap AN-D300, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM

Expert Reviews

Though on an expensive side, this Nikon D300 camera is worth every penny with its host of useful features. With a 12.3 megapixel resolution, this Nikon D300 camera creates memories that leave a lasting impression.

You will find the control keys all over Nikon D300 camera. On the left side of the viewfinder, you get access to buttons like quality, white balance and sensitivity controls. The control for Live View function and mirror lock is also included.
To the right, there is LCD control panel. This control panel gives one glance summary. You can glance at the summary without having to let you move the camera away from the face. This thus saves power to the boot.
Below the display, you will find controls for exposure zone and lock controls. Also there are common dials which help you go through options for Nikon D300 camera.
At the back of the camera, there is a button for selecting focus points, playback, zoom and delete buttons.

Key Features
The key feature of Nikon D300 camera is the innovative Live View screen. This advanced technology lets you capture images either with the camera held in your hand or on a tripod stand. Those difficult to click images become as simple as any ordinary one with this Nikon D300 camera. The LCD screen is huge 3 inches in size. Along with this you get 92,0000 pixels. They are four times more than the number pixels you will find in any other camera. This high resolution comes into play when you switch on the Live View screen. You also get advanced auto focusing and digital lighting. Nikon D300 camera shoots JPEG and RAW images. The cleaning system Nikon D300 camera helps the camera to be dust free always.

Performance wise, this is one of the best cameras, you will find in the market. It gives high image quality and is simply outstanding. Active D-Lighting, is a system which analyses the scenes that you shoot. Now forget worries about the image not coming out well in improper lighting conditions. This technique controls the light intensity and exposure, thus providing the right level of contrast across the entire image for perfect results.
3D tracking auto focus is another great addition and a good innovation. Activating this on Nikon D300 camera will lock on to subjects in the focus frame and keep them pin-sharp, however random they move.
In continuous shooting mode Nikon D300 camera gives 6 frames per seconds. Its shutter speed is 1/8000-second. ISO noise is not all a issue at all with this camera.

Nikon D300 gives outstanding results and is definitely worth a buy.

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