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Video: Nikon D300s Digital SLR

Julie Govan is the Brand Manager at Crutchfield, and has been writing about consumer electronics since 1999. Her areas of expertise include home theater, surround sound, digital cameras, and HDTV. In her spare time, she also writes book reviews and fiction. She earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College, and went on to receive a master's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia.

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Tara W. has worked for Crutchfield since 2004. She writes about whole-house music and video gear, and works on Crutchfield's video team.

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Nikon's sophisticated D300s is a great choice for serious amateurs and pro's alike. In this short video, Julie and Tara highlight their favorite features.

Video Transcript

Tara: This is Nikon's D300s and it's a great camera for serious amateurs as well as professionals. And it's wonderful for shooting sports, wildlife, or anything really.

Julie: Right. It builds on the really popular and established D300 model, which has been around for a few years, but it adds some cool features that that camera lacked, like HD video. And we're going to demo that in a second, but first we're going to look through the basics.

Tara: The D300s is extremely well built and it's really rugged. It's sealed against dust and moisture and it has a magnesium alloy body.

Julie: Right. That makes it a nice sturdy camera, and I think it's going to be really good for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. I especially think of hikers for this camera.

Tara: Definitely. New to the D300s is a virtual horizon and that's on the LCD screen and it shows you when the camera's level.

Julie: Right. Another thing that the D300s has is two card slots — one for compact flash cards and one for SD cards. And that doesn't just give you more storage for your photos. It gives you some flexibility in how you store your photos. For example, you can store all photos to both cards so you always have a backup if something goes wrong with one of them, or you can decide to store RAW files to one card and JPEGS to another. You basically have a lot of options.

Tara: This camera also records HD video, and that's really fun to play around with. You can put different lenses on the camera and then get different video effects.

Julie: You can also watch the videos you record on your HDTV. Now naturally you can pass them to your computer by way of the USB cable just as you would with photos, but if you add an optional mini HDMI cable to the camera you can use the camera to send those videos and the audio that goes with them to your HDTV.

Tara: This camera comes as a couple of different options. There's a kit with an 18-200mm VR, or vibration reduction lens, and it also comes body only. And that's what we have here, and we've paired it with the Nikon 35mm lens because it's one of our favorites.

Julie: And you can learn more about this camera and about the lens online at or you can always call us.

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