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Nikon D300 (Body only)

12.3-megapixel digital SLR camera

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Nikon's precision-engineered D300 digital SLR gives you the advanced features you need to capture stunningly detailed images like a pro. This camera's fast response and intuitive controls make it a powerful tool for achieving your creative vision. Demanding shutterbugs will love the D300's extensive photographic range, flexibility, and rock-solid build. Everyone will love the brilliant pictures it takes.

Nikon's precision-engineered D300 digital SLR gives you the advanced features you need to capture stunningly detailed images like a pro. This camera's fast response and intuitive controls make it a powerful tool for achieving your creative vision. Demanding shutterbugs will love the D300's extensive photographic range, flexibility, and rock-solid build. Everyone will love the brilliant pictures it takes.

12.3-megapixel image sensor
A powerful 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor provides beautiful high-resolution photos you can crop heavily and still use to make big, crisp prints. Advanced CMOS technology delivers vibrant images with exceptionally wide dynamic range, allowing you to accurately capture subtle photographic detail on both strongly lit and deeply shadowed areas of your picture at the same time.

Nikon's new dust reduction system
The D300's self-cleaning sensor unit vibrates at four different resonant frequencies to efficiently remove dust from its surface — ensuring that your images remain spot-free. Nikon designed all internal moving parts to minimize dust generation, and special anti-static materials help keep interior surfaces dust-free.

Fast, accurate 51-point autofocus
You can count on shot after shot of crisply focused images with the D300 thanks to Nikon's newly developed autofocus module. It features an amazing 51-point array of autofocus sensors that can quickly and precisely lock on to your subjects, no matter where they appear in the frame. This lets you easily capture an off-center portrait on a whim, or snap high-speed action shots without getting into a lot of manual adjustments.

3" high-resolution LCD with live view
This camera's bright LCD screen provides a sharp, crystal-clear window for reviewing your shots. It also boasts two live view modes that let you compose photos on-screen in real time — just like you would with a point-and-shoot cam. The Tripod mode is ideal for shooting still subjects in a studio environment, allowing you to magnify the image up to 13 times on the LCD for ultra-precise focusing. Handheld mode works great for active shooting from tricky high or low angles that make it difficult to see through the viewfinder.

HDMI output for your compatible TV
You can connect the D300 to your HDTV for enjoying and sharing your images, via its high-resolution HDMI output (no cable included).

Shoot at a blazing 6 frames per second
Nikon's advanced image processor provides near-instant camera startup and shutter response. It also makes it possible to shoot images continuously at up to six frames per second, for up to 100 shots in a row. (You can even shoot at up to eight frames per second with Nikon's optional battery grip.) All that speed is great for capturing high-quality photo sequences, like your favorite skateboarder performing a kick flip on the half pipe or a horse and rider clearing the fence at a steeplechase.

Built to go the distance
Nikon wraps all this versatile technology in a strong magnesium alloy body with rubberized surfaces for a superior grip. Additional environmental sealing of the D300's body provides enhanced protection against dust and moisture. The result is a camera that's rugged and solidly built, yet surprisingly lightweight and easy to hold.

The D300 saves images on optional CompactFlash® memory cards (no memory included).

Product Highlights:

  • 12.3-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
  • 3" high-resolution (307,000 pixel) LCD screen with brightness adjustment
  • two Live View modes for handheld or tripod-based shooting using the LCD screen
  • Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean
  • 51-area autofocus with 15 cross-type sensors and 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and dioptric adjustment
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor for fast, accurate shooting and longer battery life
  • Active D-Lighting mode for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • compatible with most Nikon lenses (see Hands-on Research for details)
  • records images as RAW (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed), TIFF, JPEG or RAW+JPEG
  • 14-bit A/D conversion for outstanding color tones and gradations
  • image size options (pixels): 4,288 x 2,848, 3,216 x 2,136, 2,144 x 1,424
  • built-in i-TTL flash
  • shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps), bulb
  • flash sync at 1/250 second (up to 1/320 sec with reduced flash output)
  • continuous high-speed shooting at 6 frames per second for up to 100 frames in JPEG Basic/Large (up to 8 frames per second with the optional MB-D10 multi-power battery pack)
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 200-3200
  • extended high and low ISO settings to 100 or 6400
  • depth of field preview
  • custom white balance settings
  • magnesium alloy body
  • accepts CompactFlash (Type I and II, UDMA compliant) and Microdrive® — no memory included
  • 1080i/720p HDMI output (standard full-size jack)
  • NTSC/PAL video output
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 6"W x 4-1/2"H x 3-3/16"D
  • weight (without battery and media): 29 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable EN-EL3e lithium ion battery
  • AC battery charger
  • protective plastic LCD cover (to prevent scratching)
  • video and USB cables
  • neck strap
  • body cap
  • eyepiece cap
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

For anyone wanting to take pro quality photos, this camera will deliver! It's fast, has any function you might need, and just takes beautiful photos!

sandi, Queen Creek, AZ

What's in the Box:

  • D300 digital camera body (with attached body cap and LCD monitor cover)
  • EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack (7.4V/1500mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • MH-18a Quick charger
  • 6.5" AC cord
  • 5' USB cable (has a USB type-A connector on one end a mini-USB 2.0 on other end)
  • 5' Video cable with a composite RCA video connector on one end and a 3.5mm minijack connector on other end
  • Adjustable camera strap
  • Eyepiece cap
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User's Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Guide (English)
  • Quick Guide (Spanish)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Digital Imaging Product Registration card
  • Accessories Product Registration card
  • Software Installation Guide
  • Capture NX Version 1.3 trial period note
  • Capture NX Product Key note

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Nikon D300 (Body only) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Pro quality

sandi from Queen Creek, AZ on 2/27/2009

For anyone wanting to take pro quality photos, this camera will deliver! It's fast, has any function you might need, and just takes beautiful photos!



Great camera!

Scott from Indiana on 8/8/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The D300 is a great piece of equipment. I have been very happy with the speed, durability, and image quality it produces. While an less-expensive camera maybe be able to produce the same pictures, the D300 allows you to take them with better accuracy and a much faster speed. Sports, nature, and portraits are all easily done. And the advantage of using older non-AFS or even manual focus lenses and being able to retain full metering is definitely a plus. This is a camera made to be relied upon shot after shot after shot.



Nikon D300 (Body only)

Tony from Brandon, Fl on 7/3/2008

Fantastic color rendition right out of the box. I put my Nikon 18-200VR lense on and went to Busch Gardens. Using default settings I was able to get some great shots of the kids on some super fast rides. I've been shooting photos since the late '70s starting out with the F2AS. I love my D300. This one I would recommend to anyone, even a beginner. It will make you a better photographer.



Full of technology

Mike from Walla Walla. WA on 3/18/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you love technology, quality and tack sharpness you are gonna love this camera. If you have not shot with a Nikon SLR in the past you are going to have fun just learning the technology available to you. This camera is so good you are tempted to shoot in program mode. After using this for the past 4 months I can hardly put it down. Solidly built, feels great in your hand and works fast. I couple it to a Nikon AF-S, VR, 12-24mm, a 18- 200 OS, a Nikon 105mm macro and a 70-200 f2.8 along with a SB600 flash. You will not regret buying this. I loaned to a pro that shoots a D2x and he admitted this would be his next body.



Moving up to the D300

Tony from Sonoma, CA on 1/27/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced my D100 with this camera and I have no regrets so far. I love the larger LCD screen and the ability to display the camera settings on it. My eyesight is not what it used to be so this is a big plus for me. This camera has so many features that I believe the learning curve will be much steeper than my D100 was. Today I'm trying to figure out why using the Vivid setting with a heavy overcast is producing artificial colors on all my pictures - on a sunny day they look just Vivid and accurate. I'm really happy with my D300. It may not take better pictures than my D100 but the larger screen alone is worth the money to me.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi ---
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Full Size
Internal Memory Buffer
Memory Media CompactFlash
Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS
Megapixels 1.23e+007
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 4228 x 2848
4K Video No
Video Resolution No
Width (inches) 6
Height (inches) 4-1/2
Depth (inches) 3-3/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 31.92
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Image Capacity
Computer Requirements


Overview: The Nikon D300 (body only) includes the Nikon D300 digital SLR camera body and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack with an AC quick charger adapter and a USB cable to connect the camera to your PC. The camera does not include a lens (lenses sold separately).

SLR: The Nikon D300 is a SLR digital camera that combines fast start up time with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 6 frames per second or 8 frames per second using the optional Nikon handgrip (sold separately). Images will be recorded in a 3:2 aspect ratio similar to a 35mm film camera.

Image Sensor: The D300 features a 23.6 mm x 15.8 mm Nikon SLR DX format image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 13.1 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 12.3 million. Nikon SLR DX format image sensors incorporate individual micro-optics on each of the sensors pixels. Micro Optics construction ensures that the image from the camera's lens will be precisely aligned with each pixel's sensor and that performance will be optimized. Nikon's DX format CMOS image sensor also delivers vivid color and sharp detail exceptional enough to provide detailed enlargements of 24 x 36 inches and beyond. Its high resolution also provides the ability of creative cropping.

EXPEED Digital Image Processing: Nikon's comprehensive new EXPEED Digital Image Processing developed for the D300 applies optimized technologies based on the EXPEED concept, with custom-tuned algorithms delivering processing power that greatly improves system performance while extending the achievable levels of image quality and tone reproduction. The exceptional image quality in the DX-format SLR digital camera also benefits from lateral chromatic aberration reduction, which effectively controls color bleeding around the image periphery, high-precision color reproduction, smooth tones and advanced noise reduction. Also engineered to maximize speed, EXPEED contributes to improved system performance, including quicker response, faster memory card access and faster data transfer.

Dust Reduction System: The Nikon D300 integrated ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu. Nikon's integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit implements a comprehensive system that helps reduce dust by minimizing dust generated from within the camera through the removal process. The camera utilizes internal mechanisms that generate as little dust as possible during operation. The shutter unit and all moving parts are designed to minimize dust generation, and are operated adequately before mounting within the camera so that they do not disperse dust following camera assembly. The mechanisms are then operated again after assembly to further ensure that they do not generate dust. To make sure dust does not adhere to internal surfaces, anti-static finishing is used around the image sensor and optical low-pass filter (OLPF), while surrounding areas are specially treated. In addition, the space between the OLPF and image sensor is sealed to prevent dust particles from entering the assembly. Enough distance is left between the OLPF and image sensor that dust is less likely to affect the final image. The effects of dust can be reduced for images shot in NEF (RAW) format by using the Dust Off feature in Capture NX, Nikon's optional photofinishing software.

Magnesium Alloy Body: The magnesium alloy body for the D300 combines rugged durability with mobility to provide reassuring reliability that frees you to concentrate on your photography, even when shooting in rough conditions. Nikon's enhanced sealing system seals body seams with rubber gaskets to effectively help protect against moisture and dust

Recording Media: Images are recorded onto CompactFlash (CF) memory cards up to 8GB (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), or microdrive memory cards up to 6GB. There is not a memory card supplied with the camera.

Memory Buffer:The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 100 photographs can be taken in succession.

Image Size/Quality: The D300 records still images in JPEG and NEF formats. Images are recorded in a 3:2 format similar to a 35mm film camera. The D300 supports the following image quality options.

Quality OptionFile TypeDescription
NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 12-bit NEFNEF images are compressed using a reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 20-40% with no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 12 bits
NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 14-bitNEF images are compressed using a reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 20-40% with no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 14 bits producing file roughly 1.3x larger than 12-bit files and increasing the color data recorded
NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 12-bitNEF images are compressed using a non-reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 40-55% with almost no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 12 bits
NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 14-bitNEF images are compressed using a non-reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 40-55% with almost no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 14 bits producing file roughly 1.3x larger than 12-bit files and increasing the color data recorded
NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 12-bitNEF images are not compressed at a bit-depth of 12 bits while recording time increases slightly
NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 14-bitNEF images are not compressed at a bit-depth of 14 bits producing file roughly 1.3x larger than 12-bit files and increasing the color data recorded while recording time increases slightly
TIFF (RGB)TIFF (RGB)Records uncompressed TIFF-RGB images at a bit depth of 8 bits per channel (24-bit color). TIFF is supported by a wide variety of imaging applications.
JPEG fine (4,228 x 2,848)JPEGRecords JPEG images at a compression ratio of roughly 1:4 (fine image quality)
JPEG normal (3,216 x 2,136)Records JPEG images at a compression ratio of roughly 1:8 (normal image quality)
JPEG basic (2,144 x 1,424)Records JPEG images at a compression ratio of roughly 1:6 (basic image quality)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG fineNEF/JPEGTwo images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and one fine-quality JPEG image
NEF (RAW) + JPEG normalTwo images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and one normal-quality JPEG image
NEF (RAW) + JPEG basicTwo images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and one basic-quality JPEG image

Note: RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the supplied ViewNX software.

Live View LCD Monitor: The Nikon D300's 3.0-inch super density 920,000-dot VGA, low-temperature polysilicon color TFT LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection features 100% frame coverage with adjustable brightness control. You can set the LCD monitor to turn off after 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes of no use to prolong battery life. The D300 features a Live View LCD monitor that lets you use the 3-inch high-resolution LCD monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting. The camera features two Live View LCD modes.

  • Hand-Held Mode: Hand-held mode is useful when you want to recompose before shooting or shoot freely from various angles.
  • Tripod Mod: Tripod mode is highly effective in achieving pinpoint focus on still subjects when attaching the camera to an optional tripod.

Optical Viewfinder: The D300 uses a fixed eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with a diopter adjustment knob. The diopter allows you to adjust the focus in the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.94x magnification with a 100% vertical and horizontal frame coverage.

Focusing Screen: The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView clear matte Mark V screen with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.

High Density 51-Point Autofocus System: The D300 is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module, which features up to 51 focus points. The system selects the focus point that best applies to the subject, demonstrating an outstanding level of precision, even when shooting in constantly changing conditions. All 51 focus points, including the array of 15 cross-type sensors located in the center, maximize the potential of lenses with maximum apertures of f/5.6. Working in tandem with the camera's Scene Recognition System and the information it computes from the 1,005-segment RGB sensor, this system exhibits the ability to lock onto your subject, and to predict the subject's movement. The result is more precise autofocus performance.

AF-Area Modes: The D300 offers a choice of three focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single Area AF: In this mode, you select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only.
  • Auto Area AF: In this mode, the camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point.
  • Dynamic Area AF: The D300 offers Dynamic-area AF modes that use information from surrounding focus points to provide precise focus, even if the subject momentarily moves outside the user-selected focus point. Dynamic-area AF allows a choice of three different size areas to match the movement of the subject, using groups of 9, 21 or all 51 focus points. Also available is 51-point Dynamic-area AF with 3D-tracking, which takes full advantage of all 51 AF points as it uses color and light information to accurately track the subject and automatically switch focus points. This is particularly convenient when you want to freely compose shots of sporting events, or any scene in which the subject moves about in random fashion.

Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:

  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): camera focuses automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The focus remains locked while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The picture will only be taken when the in-focus indicator is displayed. Recommended for stationary subjects.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus. Recommended for moving subjects.
  • Manual (MF): focus must be adjusted manually using the lens focusing ring

Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.

Electronic Range Finder: The camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus (the focus point can be selected from any of the 51 focus points).

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. The illuminator has a range of approximately 1'-8" to 9'-10".

Shooting Modes: The shooting mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Single Frame: camera takes one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
  • Continuous Low Speed: while shutter-release button is held down, the camera records 1-6 frames per second (the frame rate can be chosen from the camera's menu)
  • Continuous High Speed: while the shutter-release button is held down, the camera records up to 6 frames per second
  • Live View: allows you to shoot pictures using the camera's LCD monitor; recommended at high or low angles or in other situations in which the viewfinder is hard to use or when an enlarged view from the monitor can assist in obtaining very precise focus; you can choose between a hand-held or tripod mode
  • Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
  • Mirror Up: choose this mode to minimize camera shake in telephoto or close-up photography or in other situations in which the slightest camera movement can result in blurred photographs

Interval Timer Photography: The D300 is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can also select the number of shots taken per interval.

Metering: When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following metering modes:

  • 3D Color Matrix II: camera meters a wide area of the frame using a 1005-segment RGB sensor and sets exposure according to distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition for natural results
  • Center-weighted:camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to the area in the center of the frame (8mm circle).
  • Spot: camera meters circle 3mm in diameter (approximately 2% of frame); the circle is centered on current focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.

Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.

  • Programmed Auto (P): camera sets shutter speed and aperture for optimal exposure according to built-in program; recommended for snapshots and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S): user chooses shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results; use to freeze or blur motion
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A): user chooses aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results; use to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground an background into focus for landscape shots
  • Manual (M): user controls both shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.

  • AE/AF Lock:both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
  • AE Lock Only: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
  • AF Lock Only: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
  • AE Lock Hold:exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
  • AE Lock Reset: exposure locks when the AE/AF button is pressed and remains locked until the button is presses a second time, the shutter is released or the exposure meters turn off
  • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

Exposure Compensation:You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:

  • Auto: white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions
  • Incandescent: for use under incandescent lighting
  • Fluorescent: for use under most fluorescent lighting
  • Direct Sunlight: for use with subjects under direct sunlight
  • Flash: for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights
  • Cloudy: use when taking pictures under overcast skies
  • Shade: use under sunny skies when subject is in shade
  • Color Temperature: choose color temperature from list of values - 2,500 to 10,000
  • Preset: a white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions. You can also copy the white balance setting from an existing photograph on the memory card.

White Balance Fine Tuning: The camera's white balance setting can be fine tuned to compensate for variations in the color of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.

Bracketing: The Nikon D300 offers three types of bracketing - exposure bracketing, flash bracketing and white balance bracketing. In exposure bracketing, the camera varies exposure compensation with each shot; while in the case of flash bracketing, the flash level is varied with each shot. Only one photograph is produced each time the shutter is released, meaning that several shots are required to complete the bracketing sequence. Exposure and flash bracketing are recommended in situations in which it is difficult to set exposure and there is not enough time to check results and adjust settings with each shot. In white balance bracketing, the camera creates multiple images each time the shutter is released, each with a different white balance adjustment. Only one shot is required to complete the bracketing sequence. White balance bracketing is recommended when shooting under mixed lighting or experimenting with different while balance settings.

Multiple Exposure: This feature allows you to record a series of two to ten exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.

ISO Sensitivity: When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 1600. In the menu, you can manually select on of the following ISO settings: Auto, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, and 3200 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.

Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers four preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene.

  • Standard: standard processing for balanced results; recommended for most situations
  • Neutral: minimal processing for natural results; recommended for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched
  • Vivid: pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect; recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors
  • Monochrome: takes monochrome photographs

Picture Control Settings: The D300 features the following custom Picture Control settings.

  • Quick Adjust: allows you to reduce or exaggerate the effect of the selected Picture Control Preset from -2 to +2
  • Sharpening: controls the sharpness of outlines from 0 to 9; you can also select Auto which adjust the sharpness automatically according to the scene
  • Contrast: adjust contrast automatically according to the type of scene or chose from values between -3 to +3 to increase or decrease the contrast of your subject
  • Brightness: reduce or enhanced brightness level from -1 to +1; this does not affect exposure
  • Saturation: automatically adjust saturation according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 to +3 to lower or increase your subject's saturation
  • Hue: adjust your subject's hue from -3 to +3 to change the level of Hue
  • Filter Effects: simulated the effect of color filters on monochrome photographs from yellow, orange, red, green or off
  • Toning: choose the tint used in monochrome photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, BlueGreen, Blue, PurpleBlue, or RedPurple.

Active D-Lighting: Setting Active D-Lighting before shooting produces results that are automatically corrected to faithfully reproduce the contrast of the scene as the photographer viewed it. Rather than correcting the entire image, localized tone control technology adjusts highlights, shadow areas, and midtones to achieve natural looking contrast across the entire image. This function is particularly helpful with high contrast scenes, such as shooting a brightly lit outdoor scene from inside a relatively dark room, or shooting at the beach on a sunny day. Active D-Lighting offers three application strength levels - High, Normal and Low.

Built-In Speedlight: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control built-in speedlight evaluates flash exposure with precision to achieve better automatic flash balance. The built-in Speedlight creates beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adds sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images.

Flash Modes: The Nikon D300 supports the following flash modes.

  • Front-Curtain Sync: This mode is recommended for most situations. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto modes, shutter speed will automatically be set to values between 1/250 and 1/60 seconds.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: The AF-assist lamp lights before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect
  • Red-Eye Reduction With Slow Sync: Combines red-eye reduction with slow sync for use with portraits taken against a backdrop of night scenery.
  • Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Rear-Curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects

Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.

FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recompose without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.

Noise Reduction: This option controls whether photographs taken at high sensitivities or shutter speeds slower than 8 seconds are processed to reduce noise before being recorded to the memory card.

Retouch Menu: The Retouched Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options:

  • D-Lighting:brightens dark or back-lit subjects or produces effects similar to a flash
  • Red-Eye Correction: corrects "red-eye" caused by the flash
  • Trim: creates cropped copies of existing images
  • Monochrome:copies photographs in black/white, sepia or cyanotype color tones
  • Filter Effects:creates copies with color filter effects; you can choose from Sky Light, Warm filter, or Color Balance
  • Color Balance: creates a copy of your recorded image with modified color balance
  • Image Overlay: combines two RAW images into a single image
  • Side-By-Side Comparison: allows you to compare retouched copies to the original photographs

Histogram: The D300 features the ability to view an RGB histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image.

Multi-Language Display Menu: The camera features 15 menu display languages to choose from including English, Spanish and French.

Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:

  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders
  • Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images in the current folder or all folders
  • Hide Image: allows you to hide and reveal selected pictures
  • Display Mode: choose from either a detailed display of information or a basic display of information
  • Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
  • After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
  • Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback
  • Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after the other in a slide-show fashion
  • Print Set (DPOF): used to create a digital "print order" that lists the photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and the information to be included on each print

Full Frame Playback: The following options can be viewed on the LCD monitor in full-screen playback menu:

  • View Additional Photos: by pressing the multi-selector or rotating the command dial, you can view each photo stored on the memory card
  • View Photo Information:allows you view detailed information about the current image
  • Zoom: allows you to zoom in on current photograph
  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders
  • Protect:allows you to protect current photographs from being accidentally deleted
  • View Thumbnails:allows you to view multiple photographs at one time
  • Shooting: returns to shooting mode
  • Menus: allows you to view the menu screens

Single-Image Playback:During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four or nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Playback Zoom:During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 27x for large images, up to 20x for medium images, and up to 13x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Auto Image Rotation:Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken such as Portrait or Landscape.

Folders/File Names: The camera allows you to create and name separate folders so you can divide your photographs into different categories. You can also replace the "DSC" file name of your images with your own 3 letter tags.

Image Authentication: You can embed image authentication information in new photographs as they are taken, allowing alterations to be detected using Nikon's optional Image Authentication software (sold separately). Image authentication information cannot be embedded in existing photographs.

Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text to a recorded image and is then stored in the Exif header. The comment can be viewed in Capture NX (software available separately) or the supplied PictureProject software.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D300 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

TV Playback: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack video output plug and an HDMI output connector to playback still images on your TV or monitor using the supplied composite video cable or optional HDMI cable (sold separately). The camera's LCD monitor turns off automatically when an HDMI device is connected. You can set the camera to the following HDMI formats to match your television's resolution - 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i or Auto. You can also select between NTSC or PAL video playback.

Quick Charger: The D300 comes supplied with an AC quick charger that allows you to recharge the supplied EN-EL3e Lithium Ion battery pack (1500 mAh). The EN-EL3e will charge fully in approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes using the supplied AC quick charger. The EN-EL3e Lithium Ion battery can last up to approximately 1,000 shots.

Optional AC Adapter: Use of the optional EH-5a AC adapter or optional EH-5 AC adapter is recommended for extended playback.

Optional Lens Compatibility: The D300 is compatible with the following Nikon lenses - DX AF NIKKOR (all functions possible), D-/G-type AF NIKKOR excluding IX Nikkor lenses (all functions possible excluding PC Micro-NIKKOR), AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type excluding lenses for F3AF (all functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible), AI-P NIKKOR (all functions except Autofocus/3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible), Non-CPU AI NIKKOR (can be used in exposure modes A and M/electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is 5.6 or faster/Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides)

Optional Flash Compatibility: The D300 is equipped with an accessory shoe that allows you to use the optional Nikon CLS-compatible flash units: SB-400, 600, 800, SBR-200, and SU-800. The camera is also compatible with the following non-TTL auto and manual Nikon flash units: SB-80DX, 50DX, 30, 29, 29S, 28DX, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 22S, 21B, 20, 16B, and 15.

GPS Compatible: Optional Garmin GPS units that conform to version 2.01 or 3.01 of the National Marine Electronics Association NMEA0183 data format can be connected to the camera's ten-pin remote terminal using an MC-35 GPS adapter cord (sold separately) allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken. Operation has been confirmed with Garmin eTrex and Garmin geko series devices equipped with a PC interface cable connector.

Image Capacity

Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 2 GB CompactFlash Memory Card:

Image QualityImage SizeFile Size (MB)Number of ImagesBuffer Capacity
NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 12-bit---13.69818
NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 14-bit---16.77521
NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 12-bit---11.313521
NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 14-bit---14.211227
NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 12-bit---19.4 98 17
NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 14-bit---25.3 7516
TIFF (RGB)Large36.55216
Medium21.2 9320
Small10.2 208 29
JPEG fineLarge5.827643
JPEG normalLarge2.954890
JPEG basicLarge1.51000100

Computer Requirements

USB Connection: The Nikon D300 utilizes a mini-USB high-speed 2.0 connection and come supplied with a USB cable to connect to your PC.

Software Suite CD-ROM:  The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer, ViewNX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. ViewNX is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and  making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.

System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. You computer will need to meet the following system requirements.

OS: Pre-Installed versions of Windows Vista (32-bit), Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional (Service Pack 4)OS: MAC OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.10
RAM: Windows Vista = 1 GB or more, Other versions of Windows = 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)RAM: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-Disk Space: A minimum of 1 GB free hard disk space required when Software Suite applications are running
Video Resolution: 1,024 x 768 (XGA) or greater with 24-bit color (True Color/millions of colors) or more

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