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Nikon D300 Digital SLR

Nikon D300 Digital SLR - Nikon is pleased to announce the D300 digital SLR, a camera that sets new standards of compact professional performance.

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Nikon D300 in Digital SLRs

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The easy-to-use DX-format Nikon D300 offers outstanding image quality, multi-functional technologies and fast response. With class-leading 12.3Mp resolution, speedy 6 fps frame advance, self-cleaning sensor unit and high definition 3in VGA LCD display, combined with Nikon’s legendary durability, the Nikon D300 is a breakthrough solution for photographers searching for an advanced compact SLR.

“Packed with the latest technologies and Nikon’s renowned ergonomics, the Nikon D300 sets a new standard for professionals on a budget,” said Robert Cristina, Brand Manager, Nikon Professional Products, Europe. “The Nikon D300 is a true go-anywhere camera, delivering fast response, high performance and ease of use that will appeal to anyone serious about their photography.”

Speed and Performance
The Nikon D300 is loaded with the latest professional technologies designed to produce images of the highest quality. The high-resolution 12.3Mp DX format CMOS sensor generates image files suitable for almost every type of output, combined with a fast standard frame advance rate of 6fps (up to 8 fps with optional Multi Power Battery Pack). The Nikon D300 offers fast power-up, quick response and outstanding flexibility to meet the needs of a wide variety of photographic assignments. The Nikon D300 powers-up in just 0.13 seconds, with an almost imperceptible 45 millisecond shutter lag.

Nikon D300 TopAccuracy
The Nikon D300 boasts a self-cleaning sensor unit, which vibrates at high frequencies to remove any loose dust on the surface of the sensor’s optical low pass filter. The camera has a broad ISO range from 200-3200 plus Lo 1 (the equivalent of an ISO100) and Hi (ISO6400 equivalent). Image accuracy is also enhanced by the new Nikon Scene Recognition System, which uses the acclaimed Nikon 1005-pixel RGB colour sensor modified to recognise subjects’ shape and position before the image is captured. This also aids the new 51-Point Autofocus system in tracking subjects by their colour, while enhancing the accuracy of exposure and white balance metering. The Nikon D300 also offers Live View, which presents photographers with a live image on the LCD screen, with two modes suited to either hand held or tripod shooting. Autofocus is possible in both Live View modes.

Enhanced Images with Expeed
The Expeed image processing system is at the heart of the Nikon D300’s ability to capture and process high definition image data so quickly. The Expeed system includes both hardware and years of Nikon image processing expertise. The Nikon D300 Expeed system features 14-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion with 16-bit image processing, both of which contribute to delivering results with Nikon’s signature look and feel of rich accurate colours, smooth skin gradations and exceptional detail.

Ready for tomorrow
The Nikon D300 is completely high definition. From the 3in Nikon D300 SideVGA LCD screen with 170-degree viewing angle, to the HDMI interface for HD ready displays, the Nikon D300 is ready for tomorrow’s imaging environment. The controls of the Nikon D300 were designed for ease of use, with an easy-to-view top LCD panel and an information display on the rear LCD screen that can change colour according to the ambient lighting conditions.

The totally intuitive 8-directional multi-area selector makes selecting any of the 51-Point autofocus settings simplicity itself.

Durable and Dependable
The Nikon D300 continues Nikon’s long tradition of sturdiness and durability. The camera body is built from a magnesium alloy, while the camera’s shutter has been tested for 150,000-release cycles. The Nikon D300 is also designed for a high level of dust and water resistance.

Nikon D300 Back Total Imaging System
Like the D3, the Nikon D300 isn’t just a camera, but part of a complete Nikon system to help photographers create great images. The Nikon D300 is compatible with the Nikon Total Imaging System of Nikkor lenses, Speedlights, accessories and software that provides a complete solution for any photographic challenge.

One accessory that can extend shooting life, add ergonomic vertical shooting practicality and increase frame rate to up to 8 fps is the MB-D10 optional Multi-Power Battery Pack. The compact MB-D10 simply attaches to the base of the camera. Unlike other grips, the MB-D10 does not occupy the camera’s battery space, so one can shoot with two EN-EL3e batteries, or add a powerful EN-EL4a battery into the mix. The Nikon D300 and MB-D10 can also be powered by AA size batteries as well.

Wireless Networking
Nikon pioneered wireless image transmission. Now, with the new Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-43, the era of the multi camera network has arrived. Not only can one transmit (push) images to servers and remotely control the camera from afar, the WT-4 also enables remote browsing of the camera’s image thumbnails as well. In a wireless environment, networks of up to 5 Nikon D300 cameras can be established and image thumbnails from all connected cameras browsed simultaneously and relevant image files pulled, while the photographers continue shooting.

The Nikon D300 body measures 147.2 (W) ×112.8 (H) × 74(D) mm and weighs just 795 grams.


Nikon D300 Specifications

Type of Camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels
12.3 million

Image Sensor
CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format

Image Size (pixels)
4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]

Dust-reduction System
Clean image sensor
Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)

ISO200 to 3,200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO100 equivalent) under ISO200, and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO6400 equivalent) over ISO3200

File System
Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21

Storage System
NEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW)
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

Storage Media
CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives

Release Modes
1) Single frame [S] mode 2) Continuous low speed [CL] mode: 1 to 7*1 frames per second 3) Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 8 frames per second*1, 6 frames per second*2 4) Liveview [LV] mode 5) Self-timer [] mode 6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode

*1. When using AC Adaptor EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

*2. When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

(When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or faster with other settings at default)

White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, white balance bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments 1~3)

Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area

LCD Monitor
3in.0, approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function
1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication
6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation

Delete Function
Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete


Video Output
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available

HDMI Output
Supports HDMI version 1.3a; Type A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available

Hi-Speed USB

Text Input
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

Lens Mount
Nikon F Mount with AF coupling and AF contacts

Compatible Lenses
1) DX AF Nikkor: All functions possible
2) D-/G-type AF Nikkor (excluding IX Nikkor lenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- Nikkor)
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data

Picture Angle
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)

19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)

Focusing Screen
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines


Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% (vertical and horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module; Detection -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible

Focal plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]

Lens Servo
Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder

Focus Point
Single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point within entire frame

AF Area Mode
1) Single point AF 2) Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)] 3) Automatic-area AF

Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering System

TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor

1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used)
3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)

Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI

Exposure Modes
1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S] 3) Aperture Priority Auto [A] 4) Manual [M]

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Exposure Lock
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Bracketing
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)

Picture Control System
Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, Bulb

Sync Contact
X=1/250 sec.; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 sec. (FP) adjustable with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)

Flash Control
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800

Flash Sync Mode
1) Front-curtain Sync (normal) 2) Red-eye Reduction 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync 4) Slow Sync 5) Rear-curtain Sync

Built-in Speedlight
Manual pop-up with button release

Guide number
(ISO200, m): approx. 17 (manual 18)
(ISO100 equivalent, m): approx. 12 (manual 13)

Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Accessory Shoe
ISO518 Standard hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Sync Terminal
ISO519 standard terminal

Creative Lighting System
With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock

2 to 20 seconds duration

Depth of Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)

10-pin Terminal
1) GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)

2) Remote control: via 10-pin terminal

Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Power Source
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)

Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Custom Settings
48 settings available

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)

Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

Operating Environment
Temperature: 0-40°C/32-104°F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)

Supplied Accessories
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D100, Strap AN-Nikon D300, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM

Main Optional Accessories
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, AC Adapter EH-5a, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2



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riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
when it's a grand, it will be some buy

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timbo 15 596 United Kingdom
Just when I thought it was safe to buy a second D200 body I get tempted by this! Will probably still go with the D200 now as the price may well plummet and then upgrade my current body with the D300 when the price is lower.
Shame that it's around 400 or so less in the US! Not quite sure how that one can be justified.

A long weekend break to NY might well be in order! Savings would easily cover the cost of the flight.
Bulldozer it might save money buying one from the states but that warranty does not cover any Nikon Body in the Uk.
hobbs 14 1.3k United Kingdom
Also if you buy it in the UK and register it on Nikons site they will extend the warranty by another year giving you 2 years cover.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
Apart from the time zones, Is there any True And Convincing Explanation Why, This or Any other Camera, Should Cost 400 Quid more in the UK........Than it does in the USA.......Sad

Apart from the fact that in the UK, We are being ripped off, BIG Time, All The Time, For just about anything you care to name....Sad

Even if I was in the market for a new camera body, There is no way I'd consider this one, Until it hit's the real price ( based on a straight dollar to GBP conversion ) of around 850.

And as usual this will not be very long, Probably Mid to late 2008......Smile

Also there is a very good likelyhood, That they will be throwing in Nikon Capture NX, To Boot.
Only Recently got me 2nd D200 with Nikon NX as part of the deal, must have been trying to shift the stock of D200 ready for these.
should be some bargains available on the D200 very soon.

Specs certainly look good

mlewis 13 1.5k United Kingdom
Remember prices in the US don't include the local sales tax and UK prices include VAT so the difference isn't as great as it seems and if you got in the US and paid the import duty etc that would wipe out any price difference.
uggyy 12 2.1k 9 Scotland
The front protector on the cable release looks interesting to me, could they have got rid of that pathetic little screw on cap thats WAY to easy to drop/lose/ping off Smile

Cant rem what the D200 came out at but expect this to drop to 1k mid next year if they manage to supply the thing. Will be very interesting to see the price drop on the D200 soon... Might put the D80 in limbo land and have a big knock on effect.
i don't think the D200 will drop any more in price than it all ready has, i think it has been discounted by about 500 in the last couple of months to clear stock ready for th D300 and then they will not need to overlap prices on the rest of the range.
the D200 started out at a similar 1300 and held its price for about 18 months can't there being any difference in Nikon's pricing policy at the moment.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
Apart from the gripe about pricing, Looks like a winner if the specs are anything to go by, But for me at least I'm not sure it's worth trading my D200 for.

Now the D3.....Smile Thats another whole different matter.....And one to be considered for a current D200 owner.......Smile

Quote:Also if you buy it in the UK and register it on Nikons site they will extend the warranty by another year giving you 2 years cover.

If you buy from Greys of Westminster & are a Nikon owner member they will give you 3 years cover.
Almark 11 18 1 Northern Ireland
Do Nikon not offer a worldwide warranty? The price difference between the US and UK is a disgrace, shame on you Nikon.
OK, I am confused? I don't see a price difference. Reading the article the price listed for the UK, 1300, converts to $1800 USD, which is what its being listed at here.

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