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Nikon D300 Review

Romulo Lubachesky (Romulo Lubachesky)

Keywords: nikon, d300, camera, bodies

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The body construction continues being superb. The rubberized surface details make the grip perfect. It has a strong magnesium alloy body with an excellent external polycarbonate covering under its rubber skin.

Nikon D300 DSLR Camera chasis

Nikon D300 DSLR and MB-D10 magnesium alloy chasis

Nikon says that the D200 and D300 do not have moisture and dust protection as the D2x and D3 have, but in my own experience I can state that the D200 can handle torrential rain for a good period of time; therefore the D300 must tolerate even more extremes, because now the buttons are sealed against humidity.

The top LCD display panel is still very similar to that of the D200. The novelty here is the possibility of viewing it (the same information) on the back LCD monitor. The Nikon D40 and D60 do not have the top panel.

The viewfinder is slightly bigger and with a great new 100% image coverage.

Nikon D300 top view

A new HDMI video connector was added.

The LCD plastic screen protector is more discreet, but I painted the border of mine black with an permanent marker, like I did with my others DSLR.



The same EN-EL3 1500mAh battery is used, but the autonomy of the camera is considerable better, trebling the number of possible photos on one charge comparing it to the D200. I believe that a big part of this economy is due to the much smaller energy consumption of the CMOS sensor.

A new vertical grip was designed for the D300. The MB-D10 model can be connected to the camera with the internal battery still inside.

With this new grip you can use the Li-Ion EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e battery or 8 R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6) battery, Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6), or nickel manganese ZR6 battery. It holds seamlessly together with the camera body.

MB-D10 grip

The sensor got an automatic cleaning system, by vibrating the filter in front of the sensor, eliminates the dust particles. I can report that in the first use of the cleaning system it was very efficient, removing dust in the first attempt. Have not needed it again so far.

A very important characteristic for me is the capacity to meter with non-CPU (no electronic contacts) lenses. This extraordinary capability was kept and improved as I report with more details on the performance section that follows.

Sample D300 12 bits RAW image; 300mm f/4 ED IF AF Nikkor @ f/4 aperture; 1/180 shutter speed; ISO 800; Adobe RGB color space; Direct sun light -1 white balance; zero contrast, saturation and hue. Converted to sRGB for better web viewing.

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Originally written on July 11, 2008

Last updated on October 28, 2016


Dennis Page (DenyP) on August 14, 2018

I enjoyed the D300 review.

Antonio Marreiros (miranikon) on November 5, 2016

This articles they are very important for me. Thank you. Antonio Marreiros

Henry M. Ford (Team) on January 25, 2016

Love my d300s. Both for pictures and video.

Ludvik Gomulski (CrustyCrab) on May 2, 2013

A succint and valuable review of the cameras main features

Jose Santos (espeto68) on February 9, 2013

Excellent preview!!!