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Nikon D300S Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.3MP CMOS Aug 2009
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Nikon has good digital camera reviews
Supports video recording
Quite large display diagonal
796 Reviews + 9 Awards
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Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 25,424 expert and user reviews (including 514 verified purchases) for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D300S supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 1 times zoom factor, the Nikon D300S has one of the smallest digital zooms amongst cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.71x, the biggest is 14x, and the average digital zoom is 4.1x.

We compared all the other 1x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the P300 (2x and higher rated), or the P330 (2x and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Other

Released Over Seven Years Ago

Nikon released the D300S in August 2009.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D300S supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also support video capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Samsung L210 which has better reviews.

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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 low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D300S has an HDMI port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon D300S has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1" to 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon D300S has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII (£149.99) which both of have better reviews.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon 310 HS (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon D300S has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera is 640 pixels, the highest is 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels. The Nikon D300S has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (920,000 pixels) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Viewfinder

Quite Low Magnification

At only -2 times zoom factor, the Nikon D300S has a fairly low magnification compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. The magnifications of low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera range from -2x to 20x, and the average magnification is 4.1x.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Nikon D300S features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature histogram.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D300S has a built-in microphone. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D300S supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support PictBridge.

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Light Exposure

Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D300S is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 51,200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 200 - 3200 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Heavy

The Nikon D300S is one of the heaviest cameras that were launched more than two years ago (825 grams) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the weights range from 50g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g.

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Picture Quality

12.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.3 megapixels digital camera.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm (12.4MP and higher rated), or the Q7 (£345.65) (12.4MP and higher rated) both from Pentax.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 16mp0119a, nikon 16mp0117a, nikon f3556g, nikon d300s, canon d300s, vba260k001, vba260k002, vba260ae
Barcodes 00018208097401, 00018208883912, 00018208883929, 00018208915170, 00018208917549, 00182088839120, 00182088839298, 00182089175494, 03610170001621, 05055189009011, 05704327681625, 08033737551240, 08033737551257

Nikon D300S Review Sources

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