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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
Excellent owner reviews
Good quality
Good in low light
491 Reviews

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Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this low megapixel digital camera rated it as outstanding. 395 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. Most D300S owners think it is one of the better digital cameras of this age and spec.

Good Brand

Based on 25,534 expert and user reviews (including 548 verified purchases), Nikon has good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 99% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good in Low Light

Two hundred and eight people who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Ron mentioned seven years ago “The D300s flat out produces outstanding photos” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Photonerd gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said “Like the added speed and pictures seem sharper than D300”. Photography gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The camera takes good pictures” in their review of this digital camera.

Twenty-nine people who reviewed it thought it had a good picture resolution. Sabrina wrote “The amount of pixels is perfect” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Sam wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Shooting RAW allows plenty of information to be recovered” in his review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Northwesterner wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It offers me the flexibility in features while being a manageable (not overwhelming) strong all-round performer (not redundant features, with too many pixels” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Twenty-eight owners reckoned that this digital camera was good in low light. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Low light performance”. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Great In Low Light” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Good Low Light Response” in their review.

Twenty-five people who purchased the Nikon D300S thought it had a good ISO range. Photojen wrote “Really good at high ISO” in their review of this digital camera. Seven years ago Sam wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “High ISO performance is notably improved over my previous Nikons”. Nikonuser rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Even at high ISO's) i love the two card slots, don't have to waste time switching out cards” in their review of this digital camera.

Thirteen people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor. Ryan gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The full frame sensor is a major selling point for the D700”. Seven years ago Peggy the Patient mentioned “Having the built in sensor cleaner was a great idea”. Pattyhf mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Remember to clean the sensor with every swap”.

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Good Flash

Four customers reckoned that the Nikon D300S had a good flash. Theharveyz said on Bhphotovideo.com “The dual memory cards ads the flexability of having the traditional compact flash as well as the more inexpensive SD cards” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Unclvito mentioned seven years ago “I've been doing a lot of weddings lately and found that the higher ISOs allow me to use more natural light and less flash” in their review of this digital camera. Stevensaysitsme scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The flash is wonderful to have built in”.

Good Viewfinder

Fourteen owners said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Sharon she said in her review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “Love the larger viewing screen and the ability to enlarge the image multiple times to check focus”. Sunbaked said “3" Screen makes a huge difference as well as the overall feel of the camera” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Two years ago Taudio rated it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of the Nikon D300S “I think the only real downside is a swivel screen for recording video or taking pictures at odd angles.”.

Eight people said that the product had a good viewfinder. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Easy to see viewfinder” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Rogerio wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Viewfinder is also a great thing” and rated this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. Tom gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said on Bhphotovideo.com eight years ago “1 viewfinder making it ideal for macrophotography” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Autofocus

Fifty-two people who bought it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com said “Fast auto focusing” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Fast Accurate Auto-Focus” in their review. Photodoc wrote seven years ago “The advanced autofocus makes for very sharp pictures, with better brightness” .

Thirty-four owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good lens. Photomatt said on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “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”. In the same month Photograndpa gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Works perfectly with all my len's”. Photodoc mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “After a month of frequent use I have yet to discover any negatives in this wonderful camera/lens combination”.

Four customers who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good zoom. Spitty gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Looking forward to purchasing a ultra wide angle zoom lens to complete my kit”. Seven years ago Steven wrote “Nice fast focussing and the zoom is outrageous too!” in his Nikon D300S review and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Steveo mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com 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” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good for Video Recording

Fifty customers who purchased the product concluded that it was good for video recording. Six years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Video Capabilities” and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Seven years ago Rogerio rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and said “It has the great benefit of video feature”. Photojen rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “I bought this camera for the built in video which is easier to use than I thought it would be” in their review of the Nikon D300S.

Poor Exposure Control

One customer said in their reviews that the product did not have good exposure controls. Nellie said in her review of this digital camera “It is extremely user friendly- the settings are easy to find and quick to adjust! My previous camera had a few shutter and aperture settings” however despite that she rated the product a maximum of 5 stars.


Features

Good Features

Fourty-three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Bhphotovideo.com wrote seven years ago “Lots of features” in their Nikon D300S review and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Ron scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “With all it's rich features and the addition of a HD video feature”. Sam mentioned seven years ago “The D40 was clearly an entry level camera, while the midrange D80 added a lot of useful features.” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.


Design

Easy to Use

Eighty-nine customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to use. Seven years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellant control placeme”. Photography by Kathleen rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “The Nikon D300s is a versatile, easy to use camera”. Photoginmd said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “This camera is a pleasure to use” .

Fourty customers said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Bhphotovideo.com said “Customize settings menu” in their review of the Nikon D300S and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Large menu print” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Personalize shooting menu” in their review.

Twenty-one owners said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Photograndpa said “It will take a little time to get comfortable with all the different menus” in their review of this digital camera. Ron Kochanowski rated it 80 out of 100 and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com six years ago “Feels solid and comfortable in hand”. Two years ago Pauwi said “Otherwise this camera feels well built to me and is comfortable in my smaller hands”.

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Newbie Photographer said two years ago “Nikon fixed it and it handles way better than it did previously” in their review of this digital camera. Dennis wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I like the way it handles all shooting environments” in his review of this digital camera. Seven years ago Dan the Architect Student said “It handles high ISOs decently with little noise”.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Seven years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Very Easy To Set Up And S”. Jwb gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “Easy to set up, nice weight, great lens, nice features, I love the resiz” in their review of this digital camera.

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Well Designed

Thirty-two owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Photography by Kathleen said on Bhphotovideo.com “Pictures are sharp and the color resolution is beautiful”. S said on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “Takes beautiful photographs”. Norm the Mean Chemist. mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The controls respond beautifully and the picture quality is wonderful.I liked my Nikon 300”.

Eight owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was well designed. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Comfortable Design” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Eight years ago Thomas (not the Tank Engine) wrote “As a photo enthusiast I LOVE this camera! It is well designed with a solid build”. Toxictabasco mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “A great well designed camera for the beginner” in their review of this digital camera.

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Bhphotovideo.com said “Ergonomically comfortable” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Rybread said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com eight years ago “I've always felt that Nikon cameras ergonomics are far better than other manufacturers”. Crtrpix wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The ergonomics are great and the body of the camera feels very comfortable in the shooting position”.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth. Pauwi wrote in their review of this digital camera “One negative about the kit lens is that I have found that the zoom function requires a heavy hand in some spots for smooth transitions between focal ranges”. Tim said on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “I shot D200s for many years so it was a smooth transition for me”. Three years ago Dslr Filmmaker said “This camera shoots great videos too, considering that this is the only entry level DSLR camera that gives you 60fps option with which you get very smooth videos” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed the product said that it was neat. Shawn said on Bhphotovideo.com “I'm fairly new to photography and have even found myself taking some neat pictures in the manual mode, so don't be afraid” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality

One hundred and six owners who bought it agreed that it was good quality. Seven years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great build quality”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “High image quality” in their review. Photography mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Over all a good quality camera”.

Well Made

Fourty-six customers who reviewed the Nikon D300S said that it was well made. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Built very rugged” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Ruggedly built” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Strong Construction” in their review.

Sixteen people who reviewed the product concluded that it was strong and durable. Rybread mentioned “Never-the-less, Nikon's D300s is an outstanding camera, rugged, powerful”. Sam said in his review of this digital camera “The body is ergonomically great, very tough”. Nikonuser gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned seven years ago “It is rugged enough to handle all that I can throw at it”.

Twelve owners wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Reliable Operation”. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Proven Nikon reliability” in their review. Paul Furmaniak mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com six years ago “Convenient, fast, reliable and much more” in his review of this digital camera.

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it was sealed. Photomatt said “The ports and body are well sealed” in their review of this digital camera. Seven years ago Sue mentioned “Because the camera body is sealed against moisture”.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D300S supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon D300S is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution. The video resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Twenty-four people who reviewed the product considered that it was heavy and bulky. Photography by Kathleen wrote on Bhphotovideo.com seven years ago “The only setback for me is it is a bit heavier than the D300, which I also have” in their Nikon D300S review. Northwesterner gave this digital camera a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I like that it feels very solid in my hand, is sturdy-built (and feels that way), is not too heavy for the punch.”. Number One Dp scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Being retired and not needing a "full-size" 24X36 digital camera and the hefty price tag that goes with it, I chose the Nikon D300s”.

Fifteen people mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Rogerio mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A great camera body by Nikon, nice upgrade from the D90”. Pdxshutterbug mentioned “I highly recommend this body from novice to semi-pros!” in their review of this digital camera. Tc said on Bhphotovideo.com “This is a very tough, rugged and comfortable body” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Eight customers reckoned that it was lightweight. Sd said “Beautiful quality, lightweight, menu is very user friendly, necessary controls are right at fingertips” in their review of this digital camera. Newbie Photographer mentioned “Other than that its a great camera, takes fabulous photos, its fairly lightweight and compact” in their review of this digital camera. Ally gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I love it! Lightweight”.

Seven people agreed that the product was compact. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Compact for DSLR”. Rotban mentioned “It is relatively compact and easily fits in the small backpack” in their review of this digital camera. Pauwi mentioned “Overall I definitely would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a low cost compact DSLR capable of high quality output” .

Six people who bought the product reckoned that it was good structurally. Photomatt mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The Nikon D300s is solid! The construction is beautiful”. Scar said in their review of this digital camera “Sturdy construction, easy access menu features”. Stevensaysitsme wrote “This is due to the robust construction”.

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Heavy

The Nikon D300S is fairly heavy (840 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera. The average weight of cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 430g, and the weights range from 18g to 1kg.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the D700 (995g), or the D100 ($89.10) (700g) both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 ($497.99) (640g) which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of cameras of this age and spec range from 1.4" to 3", and the average display diagonal is 2.6". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon D300S has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the D700, and the D90 ($749.99) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot G16 is also worth considering.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Twenty people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had good technical guidance. Bhphotovideo.com said in their Nikon D300S review “Guide mode”. None mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The instructions were concise and easy to follow”. Upstatenyshopgirl mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Not very useful at all, poor diagrams and instructions”.


Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon D300S has an HDMI. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D300S has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D300S has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

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

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D300S has a tripod mountable. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Supports Live View

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

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Very Big Eye Relief

The average eye relief of digital cameras of this age and spec is 17mm. When compared to other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera that we have assessed, the eye relief of the Nikon D300S of 19.5 millimeters is one of the biggest.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for more than a year, the Nikon D300S does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

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

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon D300S has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D300S has a built-in microphone. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Noisy

Twenty-five people who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Fairly noisy at higher IS”. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Higher Iso Noisy” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Noisy with Live View” in their review.

Not Quiet

Twenty-five people who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Fairly noisy at higher IS”. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Higher Iso Noisy” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Noisy with Live View” in their review.

One owner who purchased it concluded that it was not quiet. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Shutter Not Quiet” in their review of this digital camera but they rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Battery

950 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Nikon D300S is a digital camera that takes 950 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Nikon D300S has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (22) amongst cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture number of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 2.7, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 10.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5.8 times zoom factor, the Nikon D300S has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

If this Nikon digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 (10x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (30x) which is also higher rated.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Sixteen customers who bought the product said that it had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Good Battery Life” . Nikki mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Battery life is great, love all the features although I'd love to have the wifi feature that the D5300 has” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Peggy the Patient said on Bhphotovideo.com “The batteries are small in comparison and easy to re-charge”.


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 most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. Most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 2560 x 1920 still image resolution(s). This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 4288 x 2848 and 3216 x 2136. The worst still image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than a year is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Nikon released the D300S.

Product Identifiers

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