Nikon D300S Review

Overall Score

61

Main Features

  • 12 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 200 - 3200 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 147 x 114 x 74 mm, 938g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: D300
  • Replaced by: D500

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Nikon D300S Overview


First introduced in November, 2009, Nikon D300S is a 12 MP DSLR with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Nikon replaced the older Nikon D300 with D300S. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Nikon D300S with Nikon D300

Nikon replaced D300S with Nikon D500. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Nikon D300S with Nikon D500


Nikon D300S comes with a 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.4 mm (1.11").

- Full Frame
- Nikon D300S

Sensor resolution of Nikon D300S ~ 4228 x 2837 pixels.

Nikon D300S has Crop Factor: 1.52

The sensor has a surface area of 372.9 mm².

There are approximate 11,994,836 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Nikon D300S


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Nikon D300S with competitors in semi-pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
RAW Support
7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Long Battery Life: 950 shots
Manual Exposure Mode
Environmental Sealing
51 Focus Points
±5 AE Bracketing Range
150000 cycles Shutter Life Expectancy
External Flash
AF Face Detection
920k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Focus
Microphone Port
Timelapse Recording
2 Storage Slots
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Image Stabilization
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
Weight: 938g
Type Scores

Nikon D300S has an Overall Score of 61/100 and ranked #106 out of 205 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #294 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Nikon D300S Scores
Imaging score
51
Features score
63
Value for money score
75
Portability score
66
Overall score
61
Average Scores in Semi-Pro DSLR
Imaging Score
55
Features Score
58
Value For Money Score
73
Portability Score
70
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Nikon D300S


Nikon D300S weighs 938g and has external dimensions of 147 x 114 x 74mm (5.79 x 4.49 x 2.91"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro DSLR cameras is 783g, Nikon D300S is 155 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Nikon D300S
938g
Average weight
783g
Min weight
479g
Max weight
1074g

Thickness Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Nikon D300S
74mm
Average Thickness
75mm
Min Thickness
64mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Nikon D300S with the dimensions:

Nikon D300S

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight D300S Dimensions D300S
Nikon D300 925 g 938 g 147 x 114 x 74 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D7200 Nikon D7200 765 g 938 g 136 x 107 x 76 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D500 Nikon D500 860 g 938 g 147 x 115 x 81 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D7000 Nikon D7000 780 g 938 g 132 x 105 x 77 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D90 Nikon D90 703 g 938 g 132 x 103 x 77 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D600 Nikon D600 850 g 938 g 141 x 113 x 82 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D7100 Nikon D7100 765 g 938 g 136 x 107 x 76 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Nikon D5500 Nikon D5500 420 g 938 g 124 x 97 x 70 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm

Specifications of Nikon D300S


General
Brand Nikon
Model D300S
Announced November, 2009
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Nikon F
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 305
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 920k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.63
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Sensor Area 372.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 2848
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 200
Max Boosted ISO 6400
Min Boosted ISO 100
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS Optional
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 950 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model EN-EL3e
Physical
Weight 938 g
Physical Dimensions 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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