Background and Identification
On August 23rd, 2007, Nikon Corporation unveiled the Nikon D300, a semi-professional digital single-lens reflex camera. It has 12.3 megapixels and comes in a DX format, an alternate name for APS-C image sensor format used by Nikon. The D300 succeeds the D200 as Nikon’s DX format flagship DSLR. However, it was later discontinued by Nikon in 2009 and was replaced by the modified D300s.
Designed by Nikon to be the ultimate in DX format performance, the D300 is very similar to the D700. The main difference between them is the use of a DX sensor in the D300 and an FX sensor in the D700. The D300 offers users with both high resolution and high speed—capable of capturing 6 frames per second. Moreover, with the addition of an optional MB_D10 battery pack, the D300 can capture 8 frames per second.
In addition to having a built-in autofocus meter for all Nikon autofocus-lenses, the D300 includes CPU and metering for older Nikon F-mount AI/AI-S lenses and the new generation perspective control lenses.
- Type: Digital single-lens reflex
- Lens: Interchangeable, Nikon F-mount
- Sensor: Nikon DX format 23.6 mm × 15.8 mm CMOS
- Maximum resolution: 4,288 × 2,848 (13.1 M/12.3 M pixels sensor/effective)
- ASA/ISO range: 200–3200 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (down to 100 and up to 6400 as expansion)
- Recording medium: CompactFlash (Type I or Type II) or Hitachi Microdrive
- Focus modes: Instant single-servo AF (S), continuous-servo AF (C), manual (M)
- Focus areas: 9, 21 and 51 points, 51 point 3D tracking, 15 cross-type sensors
- Exposure metering: Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
- Exposure metering: Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering
- Metering modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted and Spot
- Flash: Manual pop-up with button release Guide number 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft)
- Flash bracketing: 3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
- Shutter speed range: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
- Continuous shooting: 6 frame/s (8 with AC Adapter or Multi-Power Battery Pack with AA or EN-EL4 battery), 6 with Li-ion Battery, up to 100 frames (JPEG normal/large)
- Viewfinder: Optical, 100% frame coverage
- Custom WB: Auto, Six presets, Manual preset (four), Kelvin temperature, Fine tunable
- WB Bracketing: 2 to 9 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3
- Rear LCD monitor: 3-inch TFT LCD with 307,200 pixels (921,600 dots)
- Battery: Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
- Optional battery packs: MB-D10 battery pack with one Nikon EN-EL3e or eight AA batteries. An optional carrier can hold a Nikon EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a battery.
- Weight: About 825 g (1.819 lb) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover