I believe the D300 to be one of the very best DX series cameras Nikon has ever produced. My exposures with this camera (Matrix metering)are almost always spot on. Even in difficult situations the metering in this camera is very accurate and rarely do I really ever have to use exposure compensation. Also, although I don't use it often, the Auto white balance is the best and most accurate color balance I have ever seen in any Nikon DSLR. If you have a Nikon D300 keep it forever. It is a joy to use and an almost perfect camera. I also use a D7000, but it is a different animal. Excellent image resolution and detail. Good luck with your Nikons and keep shooting!