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Nikon D300S

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A multi award winning and 1 year old SLR camera
SLR 12.3MP 5.8x CMOS Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date

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Nikon D300S Review

With excellent reviews and at under 2 years old, we have ranked the Nikon D300S number 515 across all digital cameras.
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375 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Average Features
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18 Months Old
Overall Score
51
Average

Why Has it Scored 51?

It has very good expert reviews and marvellous user reviews with 99% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received two awards including a "Recommended" award from Lydogbilde.no plus one other site. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this camera is slightly out of date, and newer cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, product quality and it is robust.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
Quite low megapixels sensor
Only 4288 x 2848 pixels image resolution

Nikon D300S In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Two Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Nikon camera. This camera received an "Especially Recommended" award from Lydogbilde.no and it received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 12 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, PC Mag and betabuzz.de the average expert rating of this camera is 84%. If all the cameras are ranked by average expert review score then this Nikon camera is in the top 20%.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 363 owner reviews this camera has an outstanding overall owner rating. Over 82% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 99% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. That puts this Nikon camera in the top 9% of all the digital cameras.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

57 people said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images, nine owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution and five owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. two people mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light.

Users Report Superior Product Quality

24 owners concluded that this digital camera was good quality.

Users Report it is Robust

15 people who bought the product mentioned that it was well made, six customers who reviewed it agreed that it was strong and durable and three customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was reliable.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

28 people who purchased it considered that it was easy to use, 13 customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use the menus and eight owners mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Very Good Brand

Based on 30,771 expert and owner reviews (including 6,974 verified purchases), Nikon has very good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has very good reviews specifically within its digital cameras range compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Eight customers mentioned that this digital camera had good features.

Customers Report Superior Battery Life

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good screen and two people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good viewfinder.

Customers Report Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers reckoned that it was quiet.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

10 owners who bought it agreed that it had a good autofocus and five people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens.

Customers Report Nice Design

Five owners said in their reviews that the Nikon D300S was good looking, four owners reckoned that it was well designed and three customers who purchased the product concluded that it was ergonomic.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Six people said in their reviews that the Nikon D300S was good value for money.

Users Report Superior Technical Guidance

Two customers thought this digital camera had good technical guidance.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Six people who purchased the product agreed that it was a good body shape, four customers concluded that the Nikon D300S was lightweight and three owners who purchased this digital camera thought it was good structurally.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording.


Features

Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available

Nikon offers over 90 own brand lenses for their SLR cameras including macro, fixed focal length and zoom lenses allowing for huge creative versatility. More lenses that fit Nikon SLR cameras are available from third party manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma.

Nikon lens range

Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Nikon D300S's sensor megapixels of only 12.3MP is quite low compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 22% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Only 4288 X 2848 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Nikon D300S is 4288 x 2848 pixels. That's 23% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. The worst resolution of all cameras is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera. Nikon offers hundreds of lenses ranging in optical zoom from approx 0.5x (10mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon offers lenses with apertures ranging from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Nikon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used. Nikon offers a wide range of lenses with built in image stabilisation.

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Heavy

The Nikon D300S's weight of 840g is in the heaviest 3% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The average weight of all digital cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 1.5kg.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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950 Battery Life

The Nikon D300S is a digital camera that takes 950 shots battery life.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D300S supports live view, unlike 84% of digital cameras which do not support live view.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Cameras have display resolutions of between 3 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Nikon D300S of 921,000 pixels is in the highest 25% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Nikon D300S has a tripod mount. 75% of digital cameras do not have a tripod mount.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D300S has a shoe mounting point, unlike 90% of digital cameras which do not have a shoe mounting point.

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4288 X 2848 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Nikon D300S is 4288 x 2848 pixels. That's 23% lower still image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. This Nikon digital camera also supports a still image resolution of 2144 x 1424 pixels. The worst resolution of all digital cameras is 384 x 480 pixels and the best is 6016 x 4016 pixels.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon lenses range in aperture from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D300S features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D300S does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that 90% of digital cameras also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon D300S's display diagonal of 3" is pretty typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Age

Released 18 Months Ago

This camera was released in February 2016.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon f3556g, nikon d300s
Barcodes 00018208097401, 00018208254644, 00018208805174, 00018208917556, 05052454370166

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nikon D300S

Lighter
Three aspherical lenses
Vastly smaller maximum aperture number
2x lighter
Better expert reviews
4% higher megapixel
Only 350 shots battery life (CIPA standard)
74% lighter
Lower display resolution (numeric)

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