Nikon D300

The D300 is a digital camera targeted by Nikon towards professionals. With its 12.1 mega pixel CMOS sensor and stunning picture quality the D300 is successfully able to fulfill and possibly better the expectations of anyone using it.

Nikon D300

The camera has dimensions of 147 x 114 x 74mm and weighs approximately 825g. The camera has a nice gripping area which allows photographers to hold the D300 with ease while shooting. The D300 has buttons present in the right places which makes it simple to use. It has a hassle free approach with each button being present in such a way that they can be easily access when required. The D300 has a new live mode present in it along with an optical viewfinder which provides 100% coverage. There are two live modes present in the D300, tripod and handheld. The viewfinder magnification is 0.94x with 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity. Along with the optical viewfinder the D300 also boosts a 3 inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD providing 100% frame coverage and 170° viewing angle. The brightness levels in the LCD monitor can be adjusted as per user’s requirement. The LCD still is not as good as one would want it to be with reflection from sunlight being a major issue while viewing under bright sunlight. The camera has a 51-point “precision focus” AF point which includes 15 cross-type points, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines. The Multi-CAM system present has five different modes 9-area, 21-area, 51-area, 51-area with 3D tracking and 11-area mode. The auto focus present in the D300 has he ability to integrate with data and provide better subject tracking.

Nikon D300

The Scene Recognition System present in the D300 is an advanced version of Nikon’s Matrix metering system. The SRS provides better white balance, focus tracking and exposure by performing more detailed analysis of the subject. The camera also has the Active D-Lighting technique which helps improving underexposed images by enhancing details out of shadows. The D300 is equipped with lateral chromatic aberration correction which helps improving distorted images and restoring some level of parity to them. The Picture Control system present in the D300 allows users to set options such as tone, saturation, brightness and sharpening manually. Dust cleaning system present in the camera as expected fails to remove every bit of dust present on the sensors but performs better than most present in other digital cameras.

Nikon D300

Taking pictures from the D300 is joy with the pictures not only having exceptional quality but the ease at which they can be taken is also great. Options such as ISO, White Balance and AF modes are all given their respective buttons so the process of picture taking becomes simple and less confusing. Also the pictures come out well. Images are well focused and sharp. Colours have a very natural feel to them. The saturation level and the colour balance are maintained well. Even while using various ISO sensitivities the camera provides satisfactory results with a little assistance from the AF assist light. The camera uses noise reduction mechanism for High ISO options. The ISO sensitivities range from ISO 200 to ISO 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV. The D300 uses the EXPEED processor which dose not perform brilliantly when compared to Canon’s DIGIC system. The shutter speed in the D300 has a range of 30 to 1/8000 seconds.

Nikon D300

The various AF area modes present are Single Area AF, Dynamic Area AF and Automatic Area AF. The shooting modes present are Single frame shooting mode, Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: up to 5 frames per second, Continuous high-speed (CH) shooting mode: up to 6 frames per second, Live View mode, Self-timer shooting mode and Mirror-up mode. The different Flash Sync Mode to choose from in the camera are Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction and red-eye reduction with slow sync.

Nikon D300

Images are can be saved in JPEG format, Compressed RAW format and TIFF format. There are three resolutions in which images can be stored, 4,288 x 2,848 (Large), 3,216 x 2,136 (Medium) and 2,144 x 1,424 (Small). The camera is compatible with Compact Flash Cards (Type I and II), UDMA Compliant and Micro drive. The camera also has a self timer which can electronically delay pictures by 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds. The D300 makes use of High-capacity Li-ion battery for power. This can be connected to various external devices by using the USB 2.0; it also has a video output option and is also connectable to Exif 2, 21, DCF 2.0, DPOF and PictBridge printers.

Nikon D300

The Nikon D300 is basically meant for professional photographers. The proper understanding and best performance of the camera can be obtained only when one has in-depth knowledge about photography in general and also about the camera. The D300 surely is not one that should used by beginners or amateurs and before getting started one might want to look at the manual provided for better understanding of the product.

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