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Nikon D300S Digital Camera

SLR 12.3MP 5.8x CMOS Feb 2016
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14 Reasons For

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

SLR digital cameras manufactured by Nikon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just SLR digital cameras) and found that Nikon also has good ratings across its entire range.

MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A3000 ($199.00), and the Canon SL1 ($84.95) is also worth considering.

Cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the D80 ($169.17) (CCD), the D40 (CCD), or the D3000 ($161.49) (CCD) all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The Nikon D300S has a greater number of supported image formats than most latest similar spec digital cameras. This digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that were released in the last year. The image formats "JPG" and "TIF" are also supported by this camera.

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

This digital camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Two Memory Slots

The Nikon D300S has more memory slots than most of the comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D300S. Most of the latest SLR digital cameras only have one memory slot, however this digital camera has two memory slots.

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950 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most latest SLR digital cameras take between 350 and 4,699 shots per battery charge, including the Nikon D300S which takes 950 shots per battery charge.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Nikon D300S has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been around for the last year. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Direct sunlight", "Fine", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Manual" and "Shade" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon D300S is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Nikon digital camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D300S. The photo effects "Black&White" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on SLR digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months.

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51 Auto Focus Points

51 auto focus points

The Nikon D300S is a 51 auto focus point digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D300S have between 3 and 424 auto focus points.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D300S has a greater number of light exposure modes than most new cameras. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on new SLR digital cameras. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon D300S is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on recently released SLR digital cameras. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Servo Auto Focus" are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most recently released digital cameras do not support Full HD video. The Nikon D300S is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Sony Alpha A3000 ($199.00) is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D300S does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D300S also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at including the D5500 ($199.95), or the D5300 both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon D300S does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the D300S also do not have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Sony Alpha A3000 ($199.00), or the Nikon D3100 ($29.95) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months, the Nikon D300S is not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other recently released SLR digital cameras, the Nikon D300S does not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video recording including the Pentax K-3 II ($799.95).

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D300S does not have a GPS. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the D300S also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Nikon D5300, or the Pentax K-70 ($349.95) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D300S is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D300S are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Nikon D500 ($1,399.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D300S does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released in the last year also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 12.3 megapixels, the Nikon D300S has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Across all the new similar spec digital cameras the megapixel counts range from 6MP to 37MP.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Canon 1300D ($324.58) (18MP and higher rated).

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 24 frames per second, the Nikon D300S has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other latest digital cameras. The lowest JPEG frame rate of SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D300S is 24fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 49fps.

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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 SLR digital cameras that came out in the last year. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by recently released SLR digital cameras. The camera file systems "DPOF" and "Exif 2.21" are also supported by this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

Comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the D300S have total megapixel counts of between 6.2MP and 38MP. With a total megapixel count of only 13.1 megapixels, the Nikon D300S has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only 4288 X 2848 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D300S has a 4288 x 2848 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The image resolution of all similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the D300S ranges from 2560 х 1280 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon D300S is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 89% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The worst video resolution of all cameras that came out around the same time as the D300S is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Heavy

With a weight of 840 grams, the Nikon D300S is quite heavy compared to most of the other latest SLR digital cameras. The weights of SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D300S range from 350g to 1.3kg.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony Alpha A68 ($84.95) (610g), or the Pentax K-3 II ($799.95) (700g).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D300S

Released Ten Months Ago

This Nikon digital camera was released ten months ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Nikon D300S has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think the Sony Alpha A3000 ($199.00), and the Nikon D3000 ($161.49) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a larger screen size then you might want to look at the D810 ($1,959.00) (3.2"), the D610 ($429.95) (3.2"), or the D5300 (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports a CF|CF Type II|SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on similar spec cameras that are a comparable 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 want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha A3000 ($199.00) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Nikon D40 (SD|SDHC) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Playback Mode
Eye Relief
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Battery Included

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon d300, nikon f3556, nikon d300s, nikon f3556g
Barcodes 00018208097401, 00018208254644, 00018208805174, 00018208917556, 05052454370166
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