I've had my D300s since Christmas 2010 and have used it once. I'm now interested in shooting video with fall colors approaching. Do you shoot video with your D300s and how good is it? I know compared to newer cameras video is primitive but I believe it's adequate for my needs.
I've done some very small clips while on vacation, but to me the results are barely passable. I have a feeling the cheapest camcorder made would give far better results. What I mostly have issues with is the focusing.
I occasionally shoot video and have been very satisfied with the quality. A few things you should review about the settings:
1)There are TWO live view modes, Hand Held and Tripod. They operate video very differently, so review the manual (P58,59). In summary: Tripod mode - you can select the aperture. Camera can also AF during recording, or preset focus using the AF Button. Hand Held mode - Camera selects shutter/aperature. No AF during the recording
2)Movie Settings: Under "Movie Settings> Quality" you have 3 options: 1280 x 720 640 x 424 320 x 216
I find the 320 is rather fair and only good for small sized movie images. I would not use this setting 640 - is very good 1280 is excellent, but creates huge movie files.
The internal mike work well, as long as the subject or sound is close enough to the camera. The camera has an external mike jack, and I do use an external mike, mounted on the hot-shoe. Helps a lot on sound.
Sat 27-Oct-12 02:31 PM | edited Sat 27-Oct-12 02:34 PM by WildIsle
Shooting video with a D300s or any DSLR is a blast and gives fantastic results. Once you get a few of the basics down (eg: using a neutral density filter to force the shutter speed, nailing focus and locking exposure come to mind) the results can be very good indeed.
You've got the full line-up of Nikkor lenses to work with allowing creative possibilities that a camcorder can only dream off.
I'm no expert by any means but maybe that is testament itself to how good DSLR videography is? You already know your camera from still shooting, video becomes a very natural step.
Last year I shot this full series of videos with a D300s - with no training and little previous video experience.
Having said that, I did add a D5100 to my kit for the improved video capabilities. I found that I still enjoyed using the D300s because of the heavier build and feel of the body and I have a loupe for the 300 which is very useful for focusing in harsh light.