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Nikon D300s
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Nikon D300s Digital Camera

12.3MP CMOS SDHC 3" Sep 2009
Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Display Diagonal Release Date
The D300S is a compact DX format professional SLR that extends the options for photographers who value creative flexibility. Incorporates Nikon 's D-movie with in-camera editing function into a... More
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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

On average Nikon compact cameras have good ratings as do all cameras produced by Nikon.

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Nikon D300s has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average display diagonal of cameras of this age and type is 2.8", and the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8".

If this compact camera digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the IXUS 240 HS[pl_408112_price] (3.2"), the IXUS 510 HS[pl_408144_price] (3.2"), or the 310 HS[pl_651755_price] (3.2") all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports a CF|SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact 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 are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D300s supports video capability, unlike most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the D300s which do not support video capability.

Other cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D300s, the Nikon D300s has a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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

The Nikon D300s has a wider light exposure correction than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction across all cameras of this age and type.

A ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across similar types of digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Two Memory Slotss

The Nikon D300s is a two memory slots camera.

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950 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Nikon D300s takes more battery life (CIPA standard)s than most of the digital cameras of this age and type. Most of the digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D300s only take between 110 and 949 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however this Nikon digital camera takes 950 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Features One Flash Modes

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently featured flash modes is Auto, but this flash modes is not featured on this camera. The flash modess Fill-in are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon D300s is more than most compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the D300s. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The Nikon D300s has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed (30 seconds) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the D300s. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon D300s is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the D300s. The photo effectss "Neutral" and "Vivid" are also found on this Nikon digital 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 comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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51 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

51 auto Focus (AF) pointss

The Nikon D300s is a 51 auto Focus (AF) points camera. Most of the other cameras of this type and age have between 1 and 255 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of light exposure modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Nikon camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The light exposure modess "aperture priority AE", "manual" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Nikon D300s has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D300s. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4,800, and the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 26,000.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Nikon D300s supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera support a video resolutions of 320 x 216 pixels and 640 x 424 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D300s the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

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

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D300s does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D300s which have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Nikon D300s does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Nikon D300s does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not 3D. The Nikon D300s is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon D300s is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D300s is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Nikon D300s's display resolution (numeric) of only 4,288 pixels is one of the lowest. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the display resolution (numeric)s range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D300s, the motion JPEG frame rate of the Nikon D300s of only 24 frames per second is one of the lowest. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have motion JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 33fps.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21 are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.1 megapixels, the Nikon D300s has one of the less total megapixelss amongst compact cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 10MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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Only 2144 X 1424 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon D300s has a 2144 x 1424 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). The best still image resolution of all digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Very Low Magnification

With a magnification of only 0.94 times zoom factor, the Nikon D300s has a fairly low magnification compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D300s. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D300s the magnifications range from 0.5x to 20x.

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Only Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Nikon D300s has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D300s. The image formats supporteds "TIF" and "AVI/RAW/JPEG/TIFF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D300s have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94. The Nikon D300s has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) (100) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Heavy

The average weight of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the D300s is 170g, and the weights range from 20g to 840g. With a weight of 840 grams, the Nikon D300s is very heavy compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D300s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D300s

Released Over Seven Years Ago

Nikon released the D300s over seven years ago.

MOS Sensor Type

The Nikon D300s has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 12.3 megapixels, the Nikon D300s has a relatively average megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

If this Nikon digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (12.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Custom Colour
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Playback Modes
Eye Relief
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Maximum Operating Temperature Range (T-T)
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Networking
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
HDMI Ports Quantity
Interface
Cable Type
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Digital SLR
Technical Details

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vba260ae, nikon d300, nikon d300s, nikon f3556, nikon f3556g, nikon vba260, nikon vba260a, nikon vba260ae
Barcodes 00018208097401, 00018208254644, 00018208883912, 00018208883929, 00018208915170, 00018208917549, 00018208917556, 00182088839120, 00182088839298, 00182089175494, 03610170001621, 05052454370166, 05055189009011, 05704327681625, 08033737551240, 08033737551257

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