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Nikon D300s DSLR announced

Nikon D300s DSLR announced - Nikon announce the release of a new mid-range DSLR

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Nikon D300S in Digital SLRs

Nikon D300sPress Release:

Nikon UK announces the D300S, a camera to broaden the possibilities for today’s creative image makers. The new model brings HD movie capability, a faster frame advance rate of 7fps and dual CF and SD memory card slots to offer new opportunities to explore creative imaging.

Built upon the widely acclaimed D300, the D300S incorporates the same DX-format 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, professional 51-point autofocus system and commended EXPEED image processing in a discrete compact body.

Robert Cristina, Manager, Professional Products for Nikon Europe, comments: “The D300S is designed for today’s generation of creative image makers who will benefit from a combination of brilliant stills and the creative potential of video capture. The DX format has the advantage of lens magnification, compact size and affordability making the D300S a really exciting package for anyone looking to take their photography to another level”.

Capture and Edit HD Movies in stereo

The D300S comprehensively extends DSLR HD movie capture by adding external stereo sound input, autofocus capability and premieres in-camera movie editing. The option of external stereo microphone support can add more realistic sound when shooting movie clips, and a new dedicated LV button makes switching between stills and movies easier than ever. In-camera movie clips can be edited by simply selecting the start and stop points during playback. Also, the new Type C HDMI interface enables editing to be carried out on an HD display if desired.

Dual slot storage media
For the first time in this class, the D300S offers the choice of dual storage media standards; CF (Compact Flash™) and SD (Secure Digital™) with options to manage how the camera records data to them. For example, one can elect to store stills to one format and movie clips to another.

Faster shooting, outstanding quality
The D300S captures images up to a blistering 7 frames per second without requiring any additional battery pack. The optional MB-D10 pack makes 8fps possible as well as improved vertical shooting ergonomics.
The camera inherits the groundbreaking imaging technologies from the D300 such as Scene Recognition System with 1005 pixel RGB colour metering, and class-leading autofocus performance from the 51-Point Multi-CAM3500 autofocus system, which together deliver accurate autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance control. The EXPEED image processing system delivers Nikon’s acclaimed image quality criteria of rich accurate colours, smooth skin gradations, exceptional detail with the minimum of noise, with all of the flexibility of Nikon’s exclusive Picture Control system to manage the ‘look and feel’ of your work.

Intuitive ergonomics
Significant improvements have been made to Nikon’s renowned ergonomics with the adoption of the same multi-selector to that used on the D3 series and D700 with the centre button ideally located for triggering movie start and stop. The D300S also features a Quiet release mode for discrete photography by allowing the user to manage the mirror return manually. The dedicated Info button simplifies displays and short cuts to commonly used settings, and the built-in pop-up flash diffuser covers 16mm wide-angle field of view.

Practical performance
The 3 inch 920K dot high definition TFT monitor offers excellent image playback and movie composition support. One can also display the Virtual Horizon level during movie shooting if desired. A variety of in-camera processing tools now includes an image resize function to process RAW files to one of four pre-set dimensions to enable to do more in camera, and less on the PC.

More than just an ‘S’

The D300S comprehensive feature set is designed for anyone who is serious about the future of their photography. It proposes much more than the simple ‘S’ suffix might suggest to cement a unique position in Nikon’s comprehensive DSLR range with a practical blend of creative options, professional technologies, compact size and affordability.

The Nikon D300s has an RRP of £1499.99 and will be available in August 2009.

Go to the Nikon website for more information.

ePHOTOzine Technical Writer, Matt Grayson went to see the Nikon D300s. Take a look at what he thinks about it here:

Nikon D300s first look
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30 Jul 2009 9:35AM
Oh Dear!! I suppose my D300 and old 18-200 will stop working now...

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Brom 13 804 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2009 11:54AM
are you sure the rrp is 1299? Most places seem to be selling it for 1499
MattGrayson 10 622 3 England
30 Jul 2009 12:23PM
yes sorry it was a typo, it's been corrected now. Thanks.
Brom 13 804 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2009 12:27PM
are you sure the rrp is 1299? Most places seem to be selling it for 1499
Brom 13 804 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2009 12:43PM
no worries cheers Smile
This is Ca-ca-poop-poo! Nobody wants video in their camera, or at least professionals don't anyway. This is a small step for Nikon, I already use the D300. If someone wants to do video there are HD video cameras out there that can do the job. Nobody wants to try and create a movie production from a DSLR. Nikon should be focusing on better image results with sharper images and higher resolution. The 'Mirror lock up option is a joke, if your trying to be discreet.' I do lots of wildlife photography and there is no advantage to having this feature because once you release the mirror manually it'll produce the sound, I'd rather take my chances with a fleeting animal than have to fumble for the release mirror down button. I see it more of a disadvantage as it would take more time to do in-between pictures. Either way your gonna get the animal's attention. Nikon just needs to get rid of the mirror and just use the live view(with high resolution in the viewer, so the user knows it is exactly what they want and what they're gonna get!) My future forecast is that one day you'll just be able to grab beautiful stills from a very hi-res Video camera or you can just watch the whole sequence on your livingroom tv with a bowl of popcorn and gummy bears. Oh yeah, did I mention it would be nice to have more megapixels like the other competitor has. (hint-hint)

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