Overview: The Nikon D300s kit includes the Nikon D300s digital SLR
camera body, an 18-200mm lens, and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (EN-EL3e)
pack with an AC quick charger adapter (MH-18a). The Nikon digital SLR camera
also includes a USB cable to connect the camera to your PC and a audio/video cable to connect the camera to your television.
Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Estimated Image Capacity
Digital SLR: The Nikon D300s is a digital SLR camera that combines fast start up time with super-fast shutter response
and rapid-action shooting at up to 7 frames per second. Images will be
recorded in a 3:2 aspect ratio similar to a 35mm film camera.
Live View LCD Monitor: The Nikon D300s'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 D300s 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
- 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 D300s
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. 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.
Control Panel: The camera features a small LCD control
panel, located on the top of the camera, which shows the status of numerous
camera settings, such as sensitivity, battery level, image quality and size,
exposure mode, shutter speed, and flash mode.
12.3-Megapixel DX-Format CMOS Image Sensor: The D300s 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
EXPEED Digital Image Processing: Nikon's comprehensive new EXPEED Digital Image Processing
developed for the D300s 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 D300s 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 D300s
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
Dual Recording Media: Images are recorded onto CompactFlash (CF) memory
cards up to 16GB (Type I UDMA compliant), or SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB. There is not a memory card supplied with the camera.
When both types of memory cards are inserted in the camera, you can choose one
as the primary card and the other as an overflow (secondary card is only used
when primary card is full) or backup (each picture is record to both the primary
and secondary card) card. You can also copy images between memory cards when two
memory cards are inserted in the camera.
Note: Type II CompactFlash memory cards and microdrive memory
cards cannot be used.
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 D300s
records still images in JPEG and NEF formats. Images are recorded in a 3:2 format similar
to a 35mm film camera. The D300s supports the following image quality options.
|Quality Option ||File Type ||Description |
|NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 12-bit || NEF ||NEF 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-bit ||NEF 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-bit ||NEF 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-bit ||NEF 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-bit ||NEF images are not compressed at a bit-depth of
12 bits while recording time increases slightly |
|NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 14-bit ||NEF 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
|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) ||JPEG ||Records 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 fine ||NEF/JPEG ||Two images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and
one fine-quality JPEG image |
|NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal ||Two images are recorded, one NEF
(RAW) image and one normal-quality JPEG image |
|NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic ||Two 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.
D-Movie HD Video: The Nikon
D300s also allows you to record standard definition and
high definition video at 24 frames-per-second with monaural audio in Live View
mode. Standard definition video is recorded with a 3:2 aspect ratio, while high
definition video is recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Video is recorded in
|Frame Size ||Frame Rate ||File Format ||Description |
|1280 x 720 (16:9) ||24 fps ||motion-JPEG ||record 16:9 aspect ratio movies at a frame
rate of 24 fps with each frame at 1280 x 720 |
|640 x 424 (3:2) ||24 fps ||motion-JPEG ||record 3:2 aspect ratio movies at a frame
rate of 24 fps with each frame at 640 x424 |
|320 x 216 (3:2) ||24 fps ||motion-JPEG ||record 3:2 aspect ratio movies at a frame
rate of 24 fps with each frame at 320 x 216 |
Note: Individual movies
files can be up to 2GB in size. The maximum length is 5 minutes for high
definition movies, and 20 minutes for standard definition movies.
Two-Stage Shutter-Release Button:
The camera has two-stage shutter-release button. The camera focuses when the
shutter-release button is pressed halfway. To take the photograph, press the
shutter-release button the rest of the way down.
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 1-7 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 7 frames per second.
- Quiet Shutter Release: The camera does not making any sound when
- 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
- 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 D300s 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.
High Density 51-Point Autofocus System: The D300s 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
AF-Area Modes: The D300s 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 D300s 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
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".
Metering: When the
camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following
- 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.
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
- AF Lock Only: Focus
locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is
- 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.
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 D300s 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
3200. ISO sensitivity can also be manually set to a value between ISO 200 and
ISO 3200 in steps equivalent to 1/3 EV. Settings of from approximately 0.3 to 1
EV below ISO 200 and 0.3 to 1EV above ISO 3200 are also available for special
Long-Time Exposures (Bulb): The shutter will remain open while the
shutter-release button is head down. Use for long-time exposure photographs of
moving lights, the starts, night scenery, or fireworks.
Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers four preset Nikon Picture
Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of
- 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 D300s 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
- 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 D300s supports the following
- 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
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
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.
Histogram: The D300s
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.
Optional Lens Compatibility: The D300s 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 D300s 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, and 22S.
GPS Compatible (optional): With the optional GPS Unit GP-1
(sold separately) attached to the D300S, time and geographic location
information, received via satellite, is automatically recorded to each image's
Exif data. This makes it easy to display the location of an image on Google Maps
Warranty Information: The warranty on the camera body is 1 Year Parts & Labor. The warranty on the included lens is 5 Years Parts & Labor.
Lens Overview: The kit includes an 18-200mm, f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
(Extra-low Dispersion glass), AF-S DX VR II Zoom-Nikkor lens. The lens includes
a 72mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-72), a rear lens cap (LF-1), and a bayonet
hood (HB-35). Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in
a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses
also have an M/A mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to
manual focus with almost no lag time.
11x Optical Zoom: 11x optical zoom coverage offers a perfect
compact and lightweight "one lens" solution.
Focus Range: The lens has a broad 18-200mm focal range for
use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300 lens in 35mm format).
Vibration Reduction: The VR II system offers a reduction of
vibration while the shutter is button is slightly pressed and at the instant the
shutter is released. This is the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): New compact rod-type motor enables
ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet
AF G-type lens: Lenses that use D-Type technology provide
the camera with precise distance information for flash and ambient light
ED Glass Elements: Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and
three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and
other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
Coating: Lenses are coated with Nikon Super
Integrated Coating which minimizes ghosting affects and flare, so that you can
get even higher contrast and vivid images, even in challenging light operation.
Zoom Control: The lens features a large, textured manual
zoom ring for ultimate zooming control.
Auto Focus with Manual Override (M/A): In the autofocus mode
you can instantly switch to manual focus using the focus ring, for easy
Note: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens,
the aperture must be set on the camera.
Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic,
7-bladed diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images
in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.
Bayonet Hood: The supplied HB-35 bayonet hood extends
approximately 1-5/8" beyond the front of the lens, and shades the aperture
opening from direct sunlight that causes flaring. When not in use, the hood can
be stored on the lens by mounting it in reverse position.
Optional Accessories (available from Nikon): Compatible
optional accessories include 72mm screw-in filters.
- Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX VR II Zoom-Nikkor lens
- Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
- Filter Diameter: 72mm
- Focal Length: 18mm to 200mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
- Minimum Aperture: f/22-36
- Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6'
- Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups (3
aspherical lenses and 2 ED glass lens elements)
- Picture Angle: 76°-8°
- Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 135, and 200mm
- Physical Dimensions:
- Without Lens Hood or Lens Caps:
- Length: 4.125" to 6.6875"
- Diameter: 3.0625
- With Lens Hood and Lens Caps:
- Length: 5.75" to 8.3125"
- Diameter: 3.9375"
- Weight: approximately 19.9 ounces
Edit, and Print Functions
Multi-Language Display Menu: The camera features 16 menu
display languages to choose from including English, Spanish and French.
Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera
displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
Auto Image Rotation: Images are automatically oriented to
fit the camera's LCD screen. This function can be turned off.
Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.
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.
Playback: This feature allows you to view up to 72 images at once on the
LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Slideshow Playback: Select a slide show of the pictures in a
current playback folder.
Movie Playback: Movies can be played back on the camera's
LCD monitor. The camera offers playback functions such as Play, Stop, Pause,
Fast Forward and Rewind.
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: Compare retouched copies to the original
- NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG copies of NEF (RAW)
- Resize: Create small copes of selected photographs.
- Movie Edit: You can trim unwanted footage to create edited copies
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 D300s 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.
Wireless Camera Operation (optional): If the optional WT-4 Wireless
Transmitter (sold separately) is attached to the camera, photographs can be
transferred or printed over wireless or Ethernet networks and the camera can
also be controlled from a network computer running Camera Control Pro 2 software
USB Connection: The Nikon D300s utilizes a mini-USB
high-speed 2.0 connection and come supplied with a USB cable to connect to your
AV Output: The
camera features a 3.5mm minijack audio/video output plug and a mini-HDMI output connector to playback still images
and video on
your TV or monitor using the supplied composite AV video cable or optional mini-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.
Microphone: The Nikon D300s features a 3.5mm external stereo
Microphone input for adding stereo sound to your video recordings.
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery: The included EN-EL3e
Lithium Ion battery can last up to approximately 950 shots.
Quick Charger: The D300s 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
Optional AC Adapter: Use of the optional EH-5a AC adapter
or optional EH-5 AC adapter is recommended for extended playback.
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
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with
Windows and Macintosh. You computer will need to meet the following system
|Windows: ||Macintosh |
|CPU: Intel Celeron, Pentium 4, or Intel
Core series with clock speed equivalent to 1GHz or better ||CPU: Power PC G4, Power PC G5, Intel Core
series, or Intel Xeon (with Universal Binary) |
|OS: Pre-Installed versions of Windows
Vista (32-bit) SP1 or Windows XP Home Edition/Professional SP3 ||OS:
MAC OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.11, or 10.5.6 |
|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
|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 |
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
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.
Estimated Image Capacity
Capacity of an Optional 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card:
Size (MB) ||Number
of Images ||Buffer Capacity |
|NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 12-bit ||--- ||12.1 ||197 ||18 |
|NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 14-bit ||--- ||14.9 ||151 ||30 |
|NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 12-bit ||--- ||10.5 ||270 ||20 |
|NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 14-bit ||--- ||13.0 ||223 ||45 |
|NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 12-bit ||--- ||19.5 || 197 ||17 |
|NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 14-bit ||--- ||25.4 ||151 ||19 |
|TIFF (RGB) ||Large ||36.6 ||105 ||16 |
|Medium ||20.6 ||187 ||19 |
|Small ||9.3 ||416 ||27 |
|JPEG fine ||Large ||6.0 ||552 ||44 |
|Medium ||3.3 ||976 ||100 |
|Small ||1.5 ||2100 ||100 |
|JPEG normal ||Large ||3.0 ||1000 ||100 |
|Medium ||1.7 ||1800 ||100 |
|Small ||0.8 ||4100 ||100 |
|JPEG basic ||Large ||1.5 ||2100 ||100 |
|Medium ||0.9 ||3600 ||100 |
|Small ||0.4 ||7800 ||100 |