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Welcome to my Nikon D300s Review.

Nikon D300s

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.

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

Nikon D300s storage media

Monitor.

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

Nikon D300s Monitor

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.

Hi-Speed USB

Nikon D300s intrface

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

Nikon D300s built in flash
Built-in Flash, Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Built-in flash Commander Mode.
Nikon D300s with Nikon SB-910
Nikon D300s with Nikon SB-910, Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Supported.
Nikon D300s with godox AD200
Nikon D300s with Godox AD200 HSS Support.
Nikon D300s with Nikon SB-11
Nikon D300s with old Nikon SB-11 HSS Not supported with this flash, but can be used with normal flash sync speed up to 250s.
Flash sync terminal on Nikon D300s
Flash sync terminal.

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 D300 and D700, and I’m using a battery from my Nikon D2x.

Nikon D300s with MB-D10 battery grip
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4
Nikon D300s with battery from my Nikon D2x
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4

Dimensions (W x H x D).

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

Weight.

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

 manufacturer. July 2009

Nikon D300s
Nikon D300s

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

D-Movie HD Video
Capture striking 24 fps, 720p HD movie clips, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility—featuring external stereo Mic input and AF operation.

This is a reason why I think these DSLR cameras should not have Video, the video in this camera is outdated but the camera for stills are really good, video tech and resolution change much faster than stills.

Nikon D300s

 There are many things I like with the D300s

No 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 DSLR camera for point and shoot events where the requirements are capturing the moment.

Nikon D300s with NEOPAN picture control from nikonpc.com
Nikon D300s with NEOPAN picture control from nikonpc.com
 Nikon D300s with NEOPAN picture control from nikonpc.com
Nikon D300s with NEOPAN picture control from nikonpc.com
Nikon D300s with NEOPAN picture control from nikonpc.com
Nikon D300s with NEOPAN picture control from nikonpc.com
Nikon D300s Review