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Nikon D300s review.

This is the same camera body as the Nikon D700 legend just crop sensor and can shoot video.

I can use the same battery and grip.

Build quality is fantastic.

Nikon D300s review

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]

Continuous shooting Fps.

Continuous shooting Fps 7,5 When using RAW 12 bit.

Continuous shooting Fps 2,5 when using RAW 14 bit.

ISO Sensitivity.

ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) above ISO 3200

Storage media.

Nikon D300s review memory card slot

Dual card slots for CF/SD memory cards

CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant); SD memory cards, SDHC compliant.

Some of the older DSLR cameras can only use card size from 4GB maximum or 32GB card size maximum,

but I can use 125GB card in the Nikon D300s,

I think this camera doesn’t have a size limit when it comes to memory card size.

Transcend 128GB SDXC/SDHC 300S Memory Card on Amazon.com

Monitor

Nikon D300s review monitor

3-in., approx. 920k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment

Exposure metering.

3D color matrix metering II, center-weighted and spot metering

Exposure modes.

Programmed Auto with flexible program (P); Shutter-Priority Auto (S); Aperture-Priority Auto (A); Manual (M)

Interface.

Nikon D300s review interface

Hi-Speed USB

Flash

Nikon D300s review flash

Built-in Flash

Flash Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

X-Sync Speed1/250

Top FP High-Speed SyncUp to  1/8000

Flash Control-TTL Balanced fill-flash, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal)

Rear-curtain sync

Red-Eye reduction

Red-Eye reduction with slow sync

Slow sync

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

Accessory Shoe

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Built-in flash Commander Mode

CLS Supported

Flash Sync Terminal – Yes.

Nikon D300s review sinc terminal
Nikon D300s review with nikon sb-910

Nikon D300s paired with the Nikon SB-910 and this is how I use my DSLR cameras most of the time, with flash on camera.

Nikon D300s review with godox ad200

Here I’m using the Godox AD-200 and it works just fine and with full support.

Nikon D300s review with nikon sb-11 flash

The Nikon D300s have flash sync terminal that can be used for something like the Nikon SB-11 Hamerhead Flashgun

Power sources

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, EN-EL4a/EN-EL4 or eight R6/AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH, lithium or nickel-manganese batteries; Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EN-EL4 and R6/AA-size batteries available separately; Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 (available separately) required when using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EN-EL4, AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5 (available separately)

Here I’m using the Nikon D300s with MB-D10 Battery grip that fits also on my D300 and D700, I’m using a battery from my Nikon D2x.

Nikon D300s review battery
Nikon D300s review battery grip

MB-D10 Vertical Battery Grip Compatible Nikon D300 D300S D700 on Amazon.com

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)

Nikon D300s review
Nikon D300s review

Weight

Approx. 840 g (1 lb. 14 oz.)

manufacturer. July 2009

This is basically a DX D700 with a video and a better live view.

There are many things I like with the D300s. 

  1. In the Shooting menu, I have the ability to upload nine Picture Controls from nikonpc.com.

Even though I can edit pictures on my computer I really enjoy shooting in B&W and use the pictures straight out of the camera, I use many of the B&W Picture Controle profiles from nikonpc.com for that.

2. Dual card slots for CF/SD memory cards, I can use a 125 GB card size with D300s so the camera doesn’t have a GB size card limit like some of the older Nikon DSLR, for example, the Nikon D100 can only take 4GB maximum card size and the Nikon D200 and the D2x can only take 32GB card size maximum.

3. Continuous shooting Fps 7,5.

4. I can shoot uncompressed 14 bit RAW, about 25mb raw file in size, I always shoot the highest RAW quality that I can get with every camera that I use.

5. Nikon creative lighting system, and HSS support.

6. NON-CPU lens data support.

I would definitely use this camera for event shooting now in 2019 – 2020 and I probably will do that in the summer of 2020, I use my D810 for a portrait shoot and more serious work that needs perfection and older camera for point and shoot events where the requirements are capturing the moment.