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Nikon D300 digital SLR camera review

£1,300 inc VAT body only

Manufacturer: Nikon

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Nikon's D300 is a good-quality, semi pro/enthusiast dSLR camera.

Nikon's D300 is a good-quality, semi pro/enthusiast dSLR camera.

The Nikon D300 is built like a tank and, like the Canon EOS 40D, has two LCDs – a high-resolution 3in screen dominating the rear and a second narrower display window up top to allow adjustment of key shooting options in seconds.

A dedicated mode button used with a command dial falls readily under the thumb and cuts down the need for a separate mode wheel. The result is that the Nikon D300's layout feel less cluttered than some.

Featuring an image-processing system also found in the higher-end Nikon D3, with a flick of the on/off dial that surrounds the main shutter release you can be up and shooting in less than a second (officially 0.13 sec), with a 45ms shutter lag and the optical viewfinder pleasingly large and clear for composing shots.

Continuous shooting of up to six frames per second is offered and, like the other units here, you can choose to capture images as Jpeg or RAW. Our review sample came with an adequate 17-55mm 1:2.8 G ED DX zoom lens. If you're not already a Nikon user, you'll have to budget extra for; if you can stretch to a VR (Vibration Reduction) lens, so much the better.

The Nikon D300 is also lightning fast in determining critical focus, with a whopping 51 autofocus points and Live View offering further creative flexibility, though in low light without flash we missed the built-in back- up of an image stabilisation system to avoid the occasional soft shot. White balance, however, is accurate – due in part to Nikon's new 'scene recognition' system.

With enough illumination or a steady surface to rest on, the Nikon D300 delivers naturalistically coloured, pin-sharp images that really jump off the screen.

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Nikon D300 Expert Verdict »
Nikon D300 (Body Only) Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 156 reviews
Camera / Lens Type: Interchangeable
CompactFlash, Microdrive
3in LCD
13.1Mp
Number of Image Sensor Pixels: 13100000
CMOS
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2848 pixels, Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 4288 pixels
JPEG, NEF, RAW, TIFF
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Focus Lock, Manual Focus, Multiple Point Focusing, Spot Focus
Interchangeable lens mount
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 3200
White Balance: Auto, Bracketing, Preset Modes
Maximum Shutter Speed: 8000 1/x sec
Minimum Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed: 6 fps
Lithium Ion Battery
Self Timer
HDMI, Remote Terminal
USB
RCA Composite Video
Accessory Shoe, Built-in Auto Flash, Flash Cancel (Off), Forced / Fill Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Speed Sync
825g
74x147x114mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

While pictures are stunning, there's no getting away from the fact that while to a professional the Nikon D300 is a budget buy, to the average consumer it's a wallet-battering investment. Still, you get what you pay for and, having also taken the D300 along to a studio shoot as part of our test, we can vouch that its results and workhorse-like reliability. Simply superb.

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