Nikon D300s review

The latest 12 megapixel DSLR snapper from Nikon

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Every control on the Nikon D300S feels assured and tough. The shutter button has a particularly fine feel to it: you still depress it halfway to activate autofocus, of course, but it doesn't "click" halfway down.

There's a smooth hint of a detente at the halfway stage instead. We've always been fans of the control system on Nikon's top-end cameras, and the D300S owes much to its big brother, the Nikon D700.

Nikon d300s

The mode dial on the left hand shoulder of the camera has a release button next to it, which makes it all but impossible to switch between shooting modes by accident.

The sheer number of features, settings and modes you can choose without needing to dip into the menu system is what made us fall in love with the D300S, though.

Mode dial

The mode dial allows you to choose from single shot, low-speed continuous (which itself has seven different settings available via the custom settings menu) and high-speed continuous shooting.

Nikon d300s

PORTS: they include mini USB, audio and HDMI

You can opt for mirror-up shooting and self-timer modes, as well as a "Quiet" mode, which turns off the auto-focus beep and minimises the return "clack" from the shutter mechanism. It still doesn't make the D300S stealthy, but it's a useful feature for a quiet museum, for instance.

Nikon d300s

There are ISO, white balance and quality control buttons on the left hand shoulder – just turn the command dial on the right hand side while pressing one of them.

With a bit of practice it's possible to get up a serious head of steam using the D300S, making minor or major alterations to every shot. It makes taking pictures exactly how you want them an absolute joy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyD
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)840 g
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 2848
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height114 mm
Width147 mm
Depth74 mm
Product SeriesD
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, TIFF
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD300S
Product NameD300S Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA260AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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 discrete body, letting you switch quickly between capturing superior stills or movie clips in stereo sound. Protected by a tough, yet light, environmentally-sealed magnesium alloy body, the D300S will change the way you approach the craft of photography.

Package Contents
  • D300s Digital SLR Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Charger
  • Eyepiece Cap
  • Rubber Eyecup
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Video Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • LCD Monitor Cover
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year