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Nikon D300S Digital Camera

$999.99
SLR 12.3MP Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Release Date
Twenty-seven industry awards
Pro build quality
Its more expensive than the Canon 50D.
597 Reviews + 27 Awards
CNET.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Highly Recommended
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Its More Expensive Than the Canon 50D.

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was expensive. Pricemo.com wrote eight years ago “Its more expensive than the Canon 50D.” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine years ago expert review site Pcauthority.com.au mentioned “An expensive camera.”. Expert website T3.com wrote “Perhaps few hundred quid too expensive, even for the amazing images it produces”.

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Reviews

Twenty-Seven Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of this type and age, this low megapixel digital camera is one of the most awarded.

The experts at review sites CNET.com, PC Mag, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews, Laptopmag.com, Asia.cnet.com, Macworld.co.uk, Modsynergy.com, Photoxels.com and Cnetfrance.fr all said that this Nikon camera was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The authors at websites Pcauthority.com.au, M3.idg.se, Lydogbilde.no, Akam.no and IT Reviews.com all decided that concluded that they would endorse this low megapixel digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The editors of review websites PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and DP Review all strongly endorse this Nikon camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Best Buy" award from both review sites Howstuffworks.com and Best4reviews.com, both of which concluded that this Nikon camera was a sensible purchase.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on seventy expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and CNET.com the average expert rating of this digital camera is 86 out of 100. This means that digital camera experts think this camera is one of the better cameras of a comparable type and age.

Excellent User Reviews

D300 owners on average rated this camera as exceptional. Over 81% 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. This puts this low megapixel digital camera in the top 16% of all the digital cameras of this age and spec when ranked by average user review score.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 25,534 user and expert reviews (including 548 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good reviews 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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Design

Easy to Control

Eighty-eight owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. Nine years ago Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Gives complete image control”. Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera “High ISO noise control”. Techradar said eight years ago “Easy to control” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Fifty people who bought the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Custom settings” in their review of this digital camera. Cnet.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good quality photos on all settings”. Dp Review gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Highly competitive image quality at all ISO settings”.

Twenty owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Ergonomically comfortable” in their Nikon D300 review and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Expert review site Maclife.com said “The D300 feels solid and is comfortable to grip”. Photograndpa mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It will take a little time to get comfortable with all the different menus”.

Twelve owners wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com eight years ago “Build quality is superb, handling and ergonomics are first-rate” in their review of this digital camera. Itreviews.com wrote on expert website IT Reviews.com “An excellent value-for-money SLR with impressive image quality and handling” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Asiaone.com said “It has intelligently laid-out dials and buttons and handles comfortably” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers thought it had a good interface. Ecphoto said on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “The updated interface is also a great addition, making it possible to navigate the menus with one hand”.

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Pro Build Quality

One hundred and thirty customers mentioned that the product was good quality. Steve's Digicams said “Great handling Clear, bright viewfinder Fast autofocus High-res LCD Fast Burst mode Manual focus in the live view Excellent image quality” in their review of the Nikon D300. Creativepro.com said nine years ago “Excellent image quality, best-in-class LCD screen, interface improvements, extreme customizability” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Awesome picture quality”.

Tough Build and Superb Ergonomics

Twenty-eight people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned on PC Mag “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. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk mentioned eight years ago “£1,350 still seems pretty rich for a 12-megapixel dSLR, even one with an HD movie mode” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5. Photography by Kathleen said on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “Pictures are sharp and the color resolution is beautiful” in their review of the Nikon D300.

Fourteen customers considered that this digital camera was ergonomic. Wired.com wrote “Most comfortable and ergonomic of the quartet”. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Nikon ergonomics have always been the best”. Digitalhomethoughts.com said seven years ago “Great ergonomics, buttons and dials well placed”.

Thirteen owners reckoned that it was well designed. Bhphotovideo.com wrote seven years ago “Comfortable Design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Tipa.com wrote “With its solid design, excellent handling”. Expert website Electronicsme.com scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Keeping their ergonomic design of previous models”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was neat. Expert review site Theregister.co.uk said “Sits neatly nex” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Chopperwife gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Lots of neat, easy to use features”. Black Hawk John gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned seven years ago “It (like the camera) is well organized”.

One person reckoned that this digital camera was smooth. Tim said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I shot D200s for many years so it was a smooth transition for me”. One person thought this digital camera was ugly. Foodiephotog wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent at 1600, passable at 3200, pretty ugly at 6400”.

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Solid Build

Seventy-four people who bought the Nikon D300 thought it was well made. Camera Labs scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Tough build and superb ergonomics”. Cnet.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Built to last”. Eight years ago Pdnonline.com wrote “Good performance, dual card slots with flexible options, solid feature set, great image quality (especially with higher end glass), excellent low light capabilities”.

Twenty-one customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Gizmodo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera eleven years ago “Relativ gnstig, gute Bildqualitt, schnelle Arbeitsgeschwindigkeit, leicht und robust, gute Anleitung”. Macworld.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Mac World “The Nikon D300’s excellent image quality, high ISO performance, robust feature set”. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “The D300S is smart, sharp and tough enough for any situation – except facing your bank manager” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight customers mentioned that it was reliable. Seven years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Reliable Operation”. Expert website Cnet.com.au gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned eight years ago “The D300s is a fast, reliable workhorse for the semi-professional or amateur photographer”. N3wch scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said also seven years ago “At the end of the day I realized what I want is a reliable photography camera” in their review of this digital camera.

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Onboard Wireless Flash Controller

Nine owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good flash. Cnet.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on CNET.com nine years ago “Onboard wireless flash controller” in their review of this digital camera. Rich mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Auto flash works fine if I set the aperture” in his review of this digital camera. Mfarring13 mentioned “Commander mode for operating a remote flash unit is a great feature to have.”.

Great Screen

Twenty-six customers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D300 had a good screen. Camera Labs wrote in their review of this digital camera “3in VGA screen with Live View” . Dcresource.com wrote “Great rear screen” in their review of this digital camera. Steve's Digicams mentioned “Market-leading LCD screen”.

Eighteen owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good viewfinder. Thestar.com.my mentioned eight years ago “Very short viewfinder blackout time” . In the same month Cnet.com.au gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on CNET.com.au “Bright, easy-to-use viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. What Digital Camera gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Image quality, large and clear viewfinder, featurepacked, ergonomics, superb AF system”.

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51-Point Autofocus

Sixty-five people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Eight years ago Thestar.com.my said “Autofocus possible during video recording” in their review of the Nikon D300. Cnet.co.uk said “High speed focusing and shooting”. Dcresource.com wrote “Excellent advanced Autofocus system” .

Twenty-five people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good lens. Steve's Digicams wrote nine years ago “Useful stabilizer in bundled lens”. Steve's Digicams also mentioned “Lens selection” in their review. Seven years ago Photograndpa said “Works perfectly with all my len's” in their review of this digital camera.

Five customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good zoom. Gizmodo.com said “Zoom ptico” in their review of this digital camera. Gizmodo.com also said “This digital camera has a 24x optical zoom” in their review. Seven years ago Spitty said “Looking forward to purchasing a ultra wide angle zoom lens to complete my kit”.

Two customers mentioned that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Image Stabilization” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

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Excellent Images

Two hundred and twenty-eight owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their Nikon D300 review on CNET.co.uk “Impeccable 12-megapixel photos”. Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “See the subject, think the photo, press the shutter and there is a properly exposed, sharp picture in all its 14 bit RAW colour depth glory” . Electricpig.co.uk rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Feels amazing in the hand, takes stunning pictures, virtually impossible to break”.

Thirty-seven customers who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Camera Labs rated it a maximum of 5 stars and said ten years ago “Quick 51-point AF and 6fps shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk nine years ago “Huge Live View LCD with 920 000 pixels”. Toptenreviews.com wrote “A 12.3MP (megapixel) resolution is a standout feature on this Nikon model”.

Thirty-four people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Dp Review said on DP Review “Highly configurable Auto ISO function (can set maximum ISO”. Photoreview.com.au wrote “High ISO 3200 perfectly usable (if slightly softer due to NR”. Photoreview.com.au also said “ISO 6400 usable for small out” in their review.

Twenty-eight customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was good in low light. Digitalhomethoughts.com said seven years ago “Excellent low light capability with large ISO range”. Expert review site Cnet.com said “The Nikon D300s is a great camera, especially if you need the burst speed or slightly improved low-light focus.”. Expert review site Stuff.tv mentioned “A great value DSLR that excels in low light conditions”.

Thirteen people who reviewed it said that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Techradar.com mentioned nine years ago “Even now, its 10-megapixel CCD sensor can easily hold its own compared with similarly-priced rivals” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote “The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300 updates the older D200 with more resolution on a new CMOS sensor that promises improved noise control”. Expert website Theregister.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “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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HD Video

Seventy-two customers who reviewed the product considered that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine wrote “Video capability”. Thestar.com.my said eight years ago “720p video recording” . Also eight years ago Camera Labs said “720p HD movies with microphone input”.


Weight & Dimensions

Substantial, Comfortable Body

Thirty-five people said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Cnet.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com.au “As large and bulky as this digital SLR is, one cannot just stop”. Cnet.com.au also wrote “The Nikon D300 is more than heavy.” in their review. Expert review site Wired.com said in their review of this digital camera “Big, heavy and laden with features, Nikons 12.3-megapixel D300 is also the best digi-SLR for under three grand weve seen yet”.

Twenty-three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Nine years ago Steve's Digicams wrote in their review of this digital camera “Substantial, comfortable body”. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Mag-alloy body and full environmental sealing” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Photographyreview.com wrote “Nikon has positioned the D300 as both the class-leading DX body and a smaller companion body to the new D3 full-fr”.

Seven customers wrote that the product was good structurally. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Rugged construction”. Seven years ago Pws said in their review of this digital camera “Solid construction and durability”. Stevensaysitsme said in their review of this digital camera in the same month “This is due to the robust construction”.

Five owners thought this digital camera was compact. Bhphotovideo.com said “Compact for DSLR” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Expert review site Electronicsme.com mentioned “Combines them with a DX format sensor and compact body”. Theharveyz scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The dual memory cards ads the flexability of having the traditional compact flash as well as the more inexpensive SD cards”.

Five people wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Fairly lightweight” in their review of this digital camera. Sd wrote “Beautiful quality, lightweight, menu is very user friendly, necessary controls are right at fingertips”. Barbara mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Very versatile and lightweight”.

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Support

Onboard Help Guide

Thirty-one customers who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. Gizmodo.com wrote “Onboard help guide”. Eight years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “On screen help” in their review of this digital camera. Maclife.com gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said “Complete manual control and excellent images make it a great backup for pros or an upgrade after intermediates outgrow their starter DSLRs” in their review of the Nikon D300.


Features

Huge Feature Set

Fifty-nine people who reviewed the Nikon D300 reckoned that it had good features. Steve's Digicams wrote “Huge feature set”. Nine years ago Cnet.com.au scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on CNET.com.au “Extensive manual features” in their review of this digital camera. Also nine years ago Pc Mag said “Outstanding image quality and features” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Optional Battery Grip Increases Performance

Twenty-six customers who reviewed the Nikon D300 said that it had a good battery life. Dcresource.com mentioned “Optional battery grip increases performance” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Fantastic battery life” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Uses Only One battery” in their review.


Audio

Quiet

Thirteen people said in their reviews that it was quiet. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Very easy to use Quiet” in their Nikon D300 review. Nninaz said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “The "Quiet" mode was WONDERFUL! I felt like I could click away even during quiet moments in the performance without being too loud” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Vivster wrote “I also found the "quiet" shutter speed setting very helpful” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine owners concluded that this digital camera was noisy. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Low noise levels and excellent sharpnessdetail up to ISO 800, very good images at ISO 1 600”. Photoreview.com.au said ten years ago “Better balanced noise reduction than most” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Excellent high ISO performance with low noise and good levels of detail”.

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High ISO Noise Control

Nine owners concluded that this digital camera was noisy. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Low noise levels and excellent sharpnessdetail up to ISO 800, very good images at ISO 1 600”. Photoreview.com.au said ten years ago “Better balanced noise reduction than most” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Excellent high ISO performance with low noise and good levels of detail”.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 16mp0141c, used r63130584a, nikon 16mp0113b, nikon 16mp0119a, nikon 16mp0114a, nikon 16mp0117a, nikon sh820775, nikon vba200ab, nikon f3556g, nikon d300s, canon d300s, nikon f18g
Barcodes 00000001624430

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