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Nikon D300S Digital Camera

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12.3MP CMOS SDHC Sep 2009
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The D300S is a compact DX format professional SLR that extends the options for photographers who value creative flexibility. Incorporates Nikon 's D-movie with in-camera editing function into a... More
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33 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

The reviewers at five expert review sites all said that this camera was very good. This Nikon camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and DP Review and it received an "Especially Recommended" award from Lydogbilde.no.

This digital camera received a "Recommended" from both Trusted Reviews and IT Reviews.com, both of which wrote that this compact camera was good.

This camera received a "Buying Tip" award from Magnus.de and it received a "Good Purchase" award from Cw.no.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Thirty-seven experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com have rated this camera on average 85%. If all the cameras of this spec and age are ranked by average expert review score then this Nikon camera is in the top 12%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as exceptional. Users think this compact camera is one of the very best digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D300s “And it's incredibly fast, snapping off images at an impressive 7 frames p” and scored it 70 out of 100. Seven years ago Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Nikon D300s on Ephotozine “The images I produced are clean and pleasing to look at” and rated the Nikon D300s 4 stars. Digitalhomethoughts.com said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Is a recommended upgrade for existing Nikon users, or as a new body for photographers looking for a powerful”.

Three Nikon D300s owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “The continuous shooting speed, for example, has risen” in their review. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of the Nikon D300s “12.3 million effective pixels 720p HD video recording ISO 100-6400 (equivalent) 3in, 920,000 dot LCD screen RRP £1,499.99 (body only)Scores” . Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “The Nikon D300S is a pro-level digital SLR with self-cleaning 12.3MP DX-sized CMOS sensor offering HD (720p) video capture and 7fps continuous shooting”.

Several Nikon D300s reviewers mentioned that it was good in low light. Cnet.com said on expert website CNET.com seven years ago “The Nikon D300s is a great camera, especially if you need the burst speed or slightly improved low-light focus.”.

One Nikon D300s reviewer who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good image sensor. Theregister.co.uk wrote in their Nikon D300s review “Sharing the same 51-point autofocus and 12.3Mp sensor, it’s the cheaper DX format alternative to the top of the range Nikon D3 DSLR” .

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Nice Design

Two Nikon D300s reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Pcmag.com wrote “The $1,699.95 (list, body only) 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300s is a well-rounded D-SLR that captures HD video and can produce beautiful still images, even in low-light situations” in their review. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk mentioned seven years ago “£1,350 still seems pretty rich for a 12-megapixel dSLR, even one with an HD movie mode” in their review and scored this digital camera 4 stars.

Two customers thought it was ergonomic. Electronicsme.com said seven years ago “Keeping their ergonomic design of previous models” in their review of the Nikon D300s. One Nikon D300s reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D300s was neat. Theregister.co.uk gave the Nikon D300s a rating of 4 stars and said seven years ago “Sits neatly nex” in their Nikon D300s review.

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Robust

Several people who reviewed the Nikon D300s agreed that it was well made. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300s is a solid D-SLR and a nice speed upgrade if you already own Nikon lenses.” in their Nikon D300s review.

Some people who purchased the Nikon D300s wrote that it was strong and durable. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “The D300S takes the rugged popularity of the D300” in their Nikon D300s review. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “The D300S is smart, sharp and tough enough for any situation – except facing your bank manager” in their review of this digital camera.

One Nikon D300s reviewer said in their reviews that the product was reliable. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com.au “The D300s is a fast, reliable workhorse for the semi-professional or amateur photographer”.

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Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Nikon is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Nikon also has good ratings for its compact cameras.

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Reasonably Priced

Several people wrote in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Cnet.com mentioned in their Nikon D300s review “If you dont care about video you might consider looking for a really good deal on a D300”. Cameralabs.com said “It inherits a great deal from the earlier D300, including its 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, tough body, large viewfinder, 3in VGA screen, powerful 51-point AF” .

One Nikon D300s reviewer considered that it was good value for money. Itreviews.com wrote in their Nikon D300s review on expert website IT Reviews.com “A good value semi-pro/serious enthusiast SLR with the added bonus of HD movie capture”.

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Easy to Use

One Nikon D300s owner reckoned that it was easy to handle. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said “Build quality is superb, handling and ergonomics are first-rate” and scored the product 5 stars. One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Expert review site Cnet.com.au wrote in their review of the Nikon D300s seven years ago “It feels great to use and makes picture taking a real pleasure.”.

Good Technical Features

Two Nikon D300s reviewers said in their reviews that it had good features. Seven years ago expert website Photoanswers.co.uk said “Does the newer D300S offer enough features to become the new favourite? Rather than reinvent the wheel with a completely new model, Nikon has tinkered with the current D300” in their review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Expert website Techcrunch.com mentioned “What it does is add some nice features to an already excellent DSLR — most importantly, HD video” in their review.

Good Product Quality

One customer reckoned that the product was good quality.

Good Video Capture

A number of Nikon D300s owners reckoned that the Nikon D300s was good for video recording. Expert website Thestar.com.my mentioned “The company hasn’t simply slapped on video recording on the D300”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good screen.

Good Size

One person who bought this digital camera considered that it was good physically. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote “The Nikon D300S is physically and functionally very close to the D300 introduced back in 2007” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One customer mentioned that the Nikon D300s had a good autofocus.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Nikon D300s supports video recording. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the D300s do not support video recording.

There are a number of other cameras which support video recording currently available which you might also want to look at including cheaper cameras such as the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30).

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99).

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Nikon D300s has a GPS. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the D300s do not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also have a GPS including the Sony DSC-HX50 (£790.45).

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D300s supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30).

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99), or the Sony DSC-HX50 (£790.45) is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D300s has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D300s.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99), or the Sony DSC-HX50 (£790.45) is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D300s has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D300s also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30) which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99), or the Sony DSC-HX50 (£790.45).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports a CF|SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30) (MicroSD (TransFlash and cheaper)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and cheaper)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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Two Memory Slots

The Nikon D300s is a two memory slot camera.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Nikon D300s has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of this age and type.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D300s.

The worst light exposure correction across comparable types of digital camera is ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step).

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950 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Nikon D300s takes more shots per battery charge than most of the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the D300s. Most of the cameras that are a comparable age to the D300s only take between 150 and 949 shots per battery charge, however this digital camera takes 950 shots per battery charge.

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Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon D300s is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this camera. The flash modes Fill-in are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon D300s is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon D300s is more than most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of this age and type. The photo effects "Neutral" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 1,410 milliampere * hour, the Nikon D300s has one of the biggest battery capacities amongst compact cameras of this age. The average battery capacity of compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D300s is 1,100mAh, and the battery capacities range from 740mAh to 1,500mAh.

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51 Auto Focus Points

51 auto focus points

The Nikon D300s is a 51 auto focus point digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the D300s. The light exposure modes "aperture priority AE", "auto" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports 3 and 200 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by compact cameras that came out around the same time as the D300s. The ISO speeds "100", "200", "500", "1250" and "6400" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Fairly Big Eye Relief

With an eye relief of 19.5 millimeters, the Nikon D300s has a fairly big eye relief compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D300s the eye relief range from 17mm to 22mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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19 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D300s does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the D300s.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D300s, the Nikon D300s is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the D300s, the Nikon D300s is not 3D compatible.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D300s is 860,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 4,200 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the D300s, the display resolution of the Nikon D300s of only 4,288 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The JPEG frame rates of comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D300s range from 24fps to 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 37fps. The Nikon D300s has one of the lower JPEG frame rates (only 24 frames per second) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D300s is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of only 3.5, the Nikon D300s has one of the bigger maximum apertures amongst cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D300s have maximum apertures of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture is 8.6.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of shooting modes than most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Nikon camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the D300s. The shooting mode "Manual" is also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 13.1 megapixels, the Nikon D300s has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst compact cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the D300s have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 33MP.

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Only 2144 X 1424 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D300s has a 2144 x 1424 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. The best still image resolution of all cameras that have been around for more than two years is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Cameras that came out more than two years ago have maximum ISO speeds of between 3,200 and 52,000. The Nikon D300s has a quite low maximum ISO speed (only 6,400) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D300s.

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Thick

At 74 millimeters, the Nikon D300s is quite thick compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the compact cameras that came out around the same time as the D300s the depths range from 16mm to 110mm, and the average depth is 49mm.

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Only Seven Diaphragm Blades

Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D300s have between seven and eight diaphragm blades, including the Nikon D300s which has seven diaphragm blades.

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Very Heavy

The weights of compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 130g to 840g, and the average weight is 340g. The Nikon D300s is one of the heaviest cameras of this age and type (840 grams) amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of this type and age is 4s and the longest is 250s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 30 seconds, the Nikon D300s has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst cameras of this age.

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Very Tall

With a height of 114 millimeters, the Nikon D300s is very tall compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D300s. Across all the compact cameras that were released around the same time as the D300s the heights range from 58mm to 120mm, and the average height is 69mm.

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Very Wide

When compared to other cameras that are a comparable age to the D300s, the Nikon D300s's width of 147 millimeters is one of the widest. The widths of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 98mm to 150mm.

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Very Long Flash Sync-Speed

Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the flash sync-speeds range from 0.00025s to 1s. With a flash sync-speed of 1 second, the Nikon D300s has a very long flash sync-speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture

Cameras of this spec and age have minimum apertures of between 1.7 and 22. The Nikon D300s has a very large minimum aperture (22) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D300s

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Nikon D300s has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the D300s.

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Released Over Seven Years Ago

Nikon released the D300s over seven years ago.

MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on compact cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Nikon D300s has a fairly standard megapixel count (12.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (£276.30) (20.1MP and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Memory Upgrade
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Custom Colour
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Playback Mode
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Non-Operating Relative Humidity
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Maximum Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Battery Included
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
Metering
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Weight
Interface
Dimension
Data Compression
Cable
Effective Sensor Resolution
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Camera Focusing Range
Lens System
Digital SLR
Sensor Resolution
Technical Details
Recording Time

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers no d300, vba260ae, no d300s, nikon d300, canon d300, nikon d300s, canon d300s, nikon vba260, nikon vba260a, nikon vba260ae, nikon amzrefb0056, nikon amzrefb0056c, nikon amzrefb0056cr
Barcodes 00018208883912, 00018208883929, 00018208915170, 00018208917549, 00182088839120, 00182088839298, 00182089175494, 03610170001621, 05055189009011, 05056129203032, 05704327681625, 08033737551240, 08033737551257

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