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Nikon D300S Digital Camera

SLR 12.3MP CMOS SDHC Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
One industry award
Lightweight
Unacceptable noise level
477 Reviews

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Design

Easy to Control

Fifty-nine people reckoned that it was easy to use. Techradar mentioned “Easy to control” in their review of this digital camera. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Excellant control placeme”. They also wrote “Easy to use s 600 flashun” in their review.

Twenty-six people concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Eight years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said “Custom Menu”. They also wrote “Large menu print” in their review. And also said “Customize settings menu”.

Ten owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Thomas (not the Tank Engine) wrote in their review of this digital camera “It's very comfortable and well balanced”. ~scott~ mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I feel comfortable shooting in ISO of 1600 with out seeing any noise” in their review of this digital camera. Ron Kochanowski said “Feels solid and comfortable in hand”.

Three customers thought it was easy to setup. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Very Easy To Set Up And S” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Jwb said “Easy to set up, nice weight, great lens, nice features, I love the resiz” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. Eight years ago Will gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Solid build, handles well, comfortable feel, just like the D200/D700”. Dan the Architect Student said seven years ago “It handles high ISOs decently with little noise”. Jaime he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com also seven years ago “Great camera love the way it handles”.

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Well Designed

Eighteen owners said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Expert review site Pcmag.com said “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 of this digital camera. Richie mentioned “The ISO delivers pretty clean pictures both indoors”. Nikonuser wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It takes beautiful shots” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Seven customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was well designed. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Comfortable Design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Electronicsme.com wrote “Keeping their ergonomic design of previous models” . R Barnes 13 scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com six years ago “It's design is comfortable, it; s menu simple”.

Three owners who purchased the product mentioned that it was ergonomic. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote seven years ago “Great Ergonomics” in their review of this digital camera. Sam said “The body is ergonomically great, very tough”.

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Rugged Construction

Fourty-two people agreed that it was well made. Website Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Rugged construction”. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Built very rugged”. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote “The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300s is a solid D-SLR and a nice speed upgrade if you already own Nikon lenses.”.

Twelve customers considered that the product was strong and durable. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “The D300S takes the rugged popularity of the D300” in their review of this digital camera. Nathan said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Very lightweight, durable, lots of features including panorama mode etc”. Mr. However wrote “It's sturdy and easy to handle” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Five years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Reliable Operation”. They also mentioned “Proven Nikon reliability” in their review. Nazbrass said “The resolution of the monitor combined with the ability to magnify the preview creates a pretty reliable way to check focus or finer details of an image”.

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Unbeatable Build Quality

Sixty-four customers who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Website Digitalcamerareview.com said “Unbeatable build quality” in their Nikon D300S review. They also wrote “Fantastic image quality and performance” in their review. Seven years ago website Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Automatic correction for chromatic aberration works very well, improves image quality wit”.


Price

Good Value for Money

Thirty-one people who purchased the product thought it was good value for money. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great Value Decent Fps” . Reversenlr said in their review of this digital camera “It's the best camera for this price” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Photovis mentioned “The D300s is the perfect balance of price and utility” in their Nikon D300S review.


Reviews

One Industry Award

This low megapixel camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by review websites DP Review who decided that this digital camera was great.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Eight experts from sites including DP Review, Techradar, PC Mag and electronicsme.com have rated this low megapixel camera on average 90%. Digital camera experts think this digital camera is one of the very best digital cameras of a comparable age and type.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 347 owner reviews this camera has a brilliant overall owner rating. Over 82% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 99% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This means that users think this low megapixel camera is one of the better cameras of a similar age and spec.

Good Brand

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

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Features

Good Technical Features

Thirty people who bought this digital camera mentioned that it had good features. Expert review site Techcrunch.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “What it does is add some nice features to an already excellent DSLR — most importantly, HD video” . Expert review site Practicalphotography.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera in the same month “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”. Pattyhf mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Here are a few nifty features”.


Weight & Dimensions

Lightweight

Twenty-five people wrote in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Richie wrote “Since you can easily see the price and the specs of the camera, I'll save time by skipping heavy details on those”. Rich mentioned in his Nikon D300S review “It's a bit heavier than I thought”. Seven years ago Patti wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It is a little heavier than what I am use to”.

Thirteen customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was a good body shape. Ramco said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Great Camera, Love the body and feel in the hand” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Prmass1 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The body is the best you would ever get- the only thing missing is a full frame sensor” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. Rob gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “This body works great for me as a wildlife photographer”.

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Fairly lightweight”. Last year Richard he wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Great entry level camera, lightweight and compact, great for shooting sunsets or outdoors, will grow out of it sooner than later if you practice often”. Barbara mentioned “Very versatile and lightweight” in her review of this digital camera.

Five owners considered that it was good structurally. Photomatt said seven years ago “The Nikon D300s is solid! The construction is beautiful” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Stevensaysitsme mentioned “This is due to the robust construction”. Daviom wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very good body construction, good to handle” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

Three customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was compact. Two years ago Riva scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and she wrote “I'm an "advanced amateur" still photographer who was looking for a step up from compact cameras” in her review of this digital camera. Nathan H. mentioned “The kit lens does well enough and stores compactly since you can lock it closed, making it easier to fit extras in my bag”. Theharveyz wrote “The dual memory cards ads the flexability of having the traditional compact flash as well as the more inexpensive SD cards” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Heavy

The average weight of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 430g. With a weight of 840 grams, the Nikon D300S is one of the heavier comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (640g) which also has a higher rating.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

Nikon released the D300S in February 2016.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D300S supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Fifteen customers wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Noisy with Live View” . They also said “Little noisy at high ISO” in their review. And also mentioned “Video noise in low to mod”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D300S has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Noisy

Fifteen customers wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Noisy with Live View” . They also said “Little noisy at high ISO” in their review. And also mentioned “Video noise in low to mod”.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon D300S has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The average display diagonal of comparable spec digital cameras that were released one year ago is 2.6".

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of its better review score, the Canon PowerShot G16 (£246.99).

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D300S does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Histogram

The Nikon D300S features histogram. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also feature histogram.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D300S has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D300S supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Very Big Eye Relief

The smallest eye relief of digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera is 8mm, the biggest is 20mm, and the average eye relief is 17mm. When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera that we have checked, the Nikon D300S's eye relief of 19.5 millimeters is one of the biggest.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

At 5.8 times zoom factor, the Nikon D300S has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£250.67) (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

Digital cameras of this spec and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.7 and 38. With a maximum aperture number of 22, the Nikon D300S has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon D300S has an HDMI. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also have an HDMI.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon D300S has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon D300S has a batteries included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D300S has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D300S has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a shoe mounting point.

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Battery

950 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras that have been around for more than a year take between 230 and 999 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Nikon D300S which takes 950 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Picture Quality

Only 2144 X 1424 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D300S has a 2144 x 1424 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 424 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 4288 x 2848 and 3216 x 2136. Across all cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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12.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.3 megapixels digital camera.

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Excellent Images

One hundred and twenty-four people who purchased it said that it was able to produce good images. Techradar scored the Nikon D300S 5 stars out of 5 and said “Excellent images” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “When Nikon released the D300, working photographers quickly found their new favorite workhorse”. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “And it's incredibly fast, snapping off images at an impressive 7 frames p”.

Twenty-six owners who bought it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera “7 frames per second continuous shooting s” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Faster shooting” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Personalize shooting menu” in their review.

Twenty-three customers agreed that the product had a good ISO range. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “High ISO Performance” . Renaj scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Shooting at a higher ISO is vastly improved!A great camera!” in their review of this digital camera. Nikonuser gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said seven years ago “Even at high ISO's) i love the two card slots, don't have to waste time switching out cards”.

Seventeen customers who bought it reckoned that it was good in low light. Website Bhphotovideo.com said eight years ago “Good Low Light Response” and scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5. Pattyhf wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Proforms great in low light shooting”. Photogirl mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Does great in low light”.

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Pattyhf wrote seven years ago “Remember to clean the sensor with every swap” . Peggy the Patient said in her review of this digital camera in the same month “Having the built in sensor cleaner was a great idea” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. Two years ago Toxictabasco gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Also, 24mpx sensor captures huge JPEG files for time-lapse processing”.

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Good Flash

Six owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good flash. Rich mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Auto flash works fine if I set the aperture”. Stevensaysitsme gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The flash is wonderful to have built in”. Mfarring13 mentioned “Commander mode for operating a remote flash unit is a great feature to have.”.

Good Screen

Ten customers who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good screen. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote seven years ago “Useful inside display”. They also mentioned “On screen help” in their review. Sharon said in her review of this digital camera “Love the larger viewing screen and the ability to enlarge the image multiple times to check focus” .

Nine customers who reviewed it thought it had a good viewfinder. Eight years ago website Thestar.com.my said “Very short viewfinder blackout time”. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “100 Viewfinder”. Ms. Sadie said “I have found just putting my thumb over the viewfinder is easier” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Good Autofocus

Thirty-eight owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it had a good autofocus. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their Nikon D300S review seven years ago “Fast Accurate Auto-Focus”. R Barnes 13 gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “Im sure in time my days of focusing manually in the 70s/80s will come back to me and Ill enjoy manual focus as much as manual metering” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “I need a fast camera, good focus, easy to use” in their review.

Seventeen owners wrote that it had a good lens. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Lens flexibility” in their review of this digital camera. Photomatt scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “I downloaded the video to my Apple and was amazed at the clarity, especially when using a prime lens! My friends were impressed with the 720 clarity as well”. Toxictabasco said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I find the older/larger 18-55 kit VR kit lens a little better in image quality” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Four customers who purchased it agreed that it had a good zoom. Steveo wrote two years ago “Add to this the 17-55 Nikor zoom I bought to compliment it at a cool $, I guess I'm all in”. Spitty mentioned “Looking forward to purchasing a ultra wide angle zoom lens to complete my kit” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good for Video Recording

Thirty-six people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good for video recording. Website Bhphotovideo.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Video is good” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Video Capabilities” in their review. Expert website Thestar.com.my said “The company hasn’t simply slapped on video recording on the D300” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Good Battery Life

Twelve people agreed that the product had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Battery Life” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Uses Only One battery” in their review. Photosurfermike mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “8 FPS with battery pack is an excellent feature”.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 16mp0119a, nikon 16mp0117a, nikon d300s, canon d300s
Barcodes 00018208805174

Nikon D300S Review Sources

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