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    Nikon d300 s 12.3mp dx format cmos digital slr camera with 3.0-inch lcd (body only) Nikon d300 s 12.3mp dx format cmos digital slr camera with 3.0-inch lcd (body only) Document Transcript

    • My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsNikon D300S 12.3MP DX-FormatCMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)From NikonListPrice:$1,699.95Price:$1,349.00 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shippingon orders over $25. DetailsFulfilled by Amazon and Sold by Sunset Electronics35 new or used available from $774.00Average customer review:(132 customer reviews)Product DescriptionNikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)- 25464Product Details Amazon Sales Rank: #781 in Camera & Photo Size: none Color: black Brand: Nikon Model: 25464 Released on: 2009-08-28 Number of items: 1
    •  Dimensions: 8.00" h x 7.00" w x 10.00" l, 1.88 poundsFeatures 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for high resolution, low-noise images Body only; lenses sold separately Nikon EXPEED image processing; D-Movie HD Video for cinematic 24 fps, 720p HDmovie clips 3-inch Super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCD; one-button Live View Capture images to CF (Type I) and SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)Editorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerThe rugged D300S hallmarks include versatility, speed, agility and exceptional image quality.Versatility is its 12.3-megapixel, DX-format CMOS image sensor, with Nikon EXPEED imageprocessing that captures stunning low-noise stills and extraordinary 24 fps, 720p HD video withsound. Speed is split-second startup and continuous shooting at up to 7 fps-8 fps with theoptional MB-D10 grip, which also extends shooting capacity and makes shooting morecomfortable. Accurate image review, Live View shooting and Menus come alive on a 3-inchtempered glass-protected, 920k-dot LCD monitor, while image quality is bolstered by a 51-areaAF system and Nikons 1,005-pixel RGB exposure sensor, in concert with the newly acceleratedScene Recognition System technology that increases exposure and AF accuracy, improves whitebalance detection, and more. Photographers have preferences, and the D300S offers choices--including Picture Control, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering, user-assignable CompactFlashand SD card slots and an external stereo microphone input. Included is Nikon ViewNX software--ready to process rich 14-bit NEF (RAW) or JPEG files. For more editing power, optionalCapture NX 2, with U-Point technology, safeguards image quality and speeds workflow. TheD300S pro-level performance, paired with world-famous Nikkor lenses, was engineered toexceed the expectations of demanding photographers.Nikon D300s Highlights
    • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS ImageSensorDelivers stunning high resolution, low-noiseimages with striking detail and tonal gradation.Continuous Shooting up to 7 fpsHigh speed shooting and fast response isessential to versatile performance in a widevariety of shooting disciplines.Nikon EXPEED Image ProcessingDrives breathtakingly rich image fidelity, lownoise and fast image processing.D-Movie HD VideoCapture cinematic 24 fps, 720p HD movie clips,enhanced by Nikkor interchangeable lens qualityand versatility—featuring stereo Mic input andAF3-inch Super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCDMonitorEvery monitor is factory-calibrated to assureaccurate color for critical still image review andLive View or D-Movie shooting.One-button Live ViewHandheld and Tripod Live View modes,activated with one button, for challenging studioand remote shooting conditions.Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 3200Additional expanded ISO settings of Lo-1 (ISO100 equivalent) and Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)extend versatility to match shootingrequirements.Fast, Accurate 51-point AutofocusFeatures 4 Dynamic AF modes including 3DFocus Tracking for precise autofocus and razorsharp images.
    • Dual memory card slots (CF and SD)Assign card functions from a variety of storageoptions, optimizing available memory and filehandling.1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering IINikons unique RGB metering is the only sensorthat also evaluates color information whendetermining exposures with remarkableaccuracy.Scene Recognition SystemReferencing an onboard image database andteamed with RGB metering, SRS enables evenmore sophisticated determination of exposuresand auto white balance, along with faster, moreaccurate autofocus.Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction SystemUltrasonic process combats the accumulation ofdust in front of the image sensor, safeguardingimage quality.Nikons Active D-LightingOptimizes shadow and highlight detail in realtime--selectable values and 5-frame ADLbracketing offer complete control.Picture ControlSelect from 4 preset image capture preferences(Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, plus9 user-customizable settings) controllingSharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation andHue.In-Camera Image EditingExclusive in-camera image editing, featuringEdit move, D-Lighting, Image Overlay,Monochrome, NEF (RAW) processing and more.
    • Rugged and DurableThe strength and precision of magnesium-alloyconstruction with advanced dust and moisturecountermeasures is teamed with a shuttermechanism test to beyond 150,000 cycles forreal-world reliability.100% Viewfinder AccuracyVirtual Horizon Graphic Level IndicatorUp to 950 shots per EN-EL3e battery chargeShoot as many 2,950 shots with the bodys EN-EL3e battery installed and the optional MB-D10Multi-Power Battery Pack with an EN-EL4aRechargeable Li-ion Battery.*Based on CIPA standards/guidelinesCustomer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews528 of 541 people found the following review helpful.The Camera of My Dreams (But know what youre buying)By Daniel NeveHello everybody, My name is Daniel and I am about as serious as you can be and still beconsidered "amateur". I have been taking photos on SLRs since I was 10 years old on an oldfilm Minolta and I bought my first DSLR (a Nikon D50) and since then I have owned everythingfrom a base line Canon XSi all the way up to the the best camera I have ever handled... theD300s. I have operated the D3, D3s, D3x and the top of the line professional $10k Canons, andthis is still my favorite ALL AROUND camera. So here is the break down to why I love thiscamera and I will give you a list of pros and cons. I love this camera for many reasons... [...]...not many people can justify spending another $4,000 (2-3 times the money) when they arelooking to spend around $1,500- $2,000 for a good DSLR. So here is the benefits that I see toD300s over the other great Nikon models.1. if you are into sports the D300s has a higher continuous frame rate than other modelsincluding the ever so popular full frame D700. With its DX sensor it has a crop factor of 1.5which means more bang for you buck when using a telephoto zoom lens. If you purchase theMB-D10 battery pack it will shoot at even higher speeds of 8fps when using continuous shootingand also allows for up to nearly 5,000 pictures to be taken on one charge (when upgraded batteryis purchased). With 51 auto-focus and 3-D tracking you are almost guaranteed to have yoursubject in focus every time you take a picture. The D300s also features Active D Lighting whichmakes to so your pictures end up properly exposed so you dont end up with areas of under and
    • over exposure which tend to be common in sports and in shadowy landscape photography2. Freedom: although all Nikon DSLRs allow you to manually adjust your settings they aredifficult to change until you get to the semi-pro D300 model. If you understand f-stops, DOF,aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus points, light metering and other technical jargon and reallywant to experiment with all of these then a D300s is the camera for you. with shooting modesincluding: single, cont. low speed, high speed, timer, quiet, and mirror up mode this cameragives you all the freedom you could ever ask for.3. Learning: this camera will make you learn the true ins and outs of photography. With the veryaccurate light meter its not very hard to get the exposure right. No matter what your ISO and fstop is at.4. User interface. With the dedicated live view and info button new to the D300s over theoriginal D300 it cuts menu times down significantly however it no longer has the memory cardhatch release switch. The D300s includes great features such as custom menus, easy tounderstand menus with the classic (?) button which will explain every camera function in easy tounderstand terms. On the fly changes include ISO, WB, Quality, shooting modes, a user adjustedfn button, AF/AE lock, light metering, and af adjustments. So the only limitations are yourimagination. Selecting your focal point is as easy as looking in the viewfinder and pushing thedirectional button and watching the selector move around until you have exactly the right spotselected. With two selectors (one for shutter speed and one for f stop) it allows you to never haveto take your eye out out of the viewfinder.The bottom line (why you would choose this over any other Nikon DSLR):why youd choose this over the D90: 51point AF w/ 3D tracking, more fps, control of imageadjustments, not much more money for a lot more freedom and creativity, contrast auto-focusingduring movies, ability to utilize dual card slots (CF and SD), 14bit RAW, Active D Lighting.Over the D700: full 12MP when using DX lenses rather than 5MP, more fps, $600-$1,000 less,movie mode, smaller pixels for more refinement at low ISO, 100% viewfinder coverageOver the D3 and D3x: A ton of money, shooting speed, optimization of DX and FX lenses andmovie mode, and built in flash, 100% viewfinder coverage which allows for better framing.This is a great camera HOWEVER NOTE THE FOLLOWING!!!!!The D700, D3,x,s have FX photo sensors which allow for a much bigger and brighter viewfinder, it also allows for a wider view (no crop factor instead of 1.5x like the DX) which means ifyou want more area in your pictures for such things as landscapes then the D700 or the D3 lineupmaybe a better option because a 50mm lens in a DX camera looks the same as a 75mm lens onan FX camera.The D700 and D3 lineup (minus the D3x) utilize the large FX sensor and still only have a 12MPcapacity which means that the pixels are larger which allows for better depth of color, betterdefinition in shadows, and better high ISO clarity. The D300 can go to extended ISO of 6400
    • however the image quality is poor at best when the D3 can shoot ISO 6400 all day long and lookgreat. The D700 also does better at high ISOs than the D300 does because it has the same sensoras the D3 however the D3 still does better than the D700 at extreme ISOs. However alsoconsider the fact that the smaller the image sensor the larger the depth of field so the D700 andthe D3 are better for macro or portrait photography and the D300 will give you a larger DOFequivalent to about one f-stop.THIS IS NOT A VIDEO CAMERA video is pretty good and the utilization of lenses is a greatfeature however if you want good video spend the money on a video camera. Even a Flip HDdoes better. The camera produces good video but it doesnt do well during panning if you plan onputting the camera on a tripod and filming then by all means its fine and with the option for anexternal mic to give you stereo sound is nice.When it comes to portability, price, features, weight, usability, image adjustments ect. Ipersonally believe it doesnt get any better I hope this review helped and I hope you get one tooand really enjoy it as much as I have. This camera is the best of all worlds. I say save the moneyfrom an FX camera and buy a really nice lens or two or three for that matter. Anyway here is thecamera of my dreams and hopefully the camera in your bag shortly I promise youll love it, Iknow I do.UPDATE: For all you HDR photographers look no further than the D300s you can easily createHDR photos by selecting "multiple exposures" and then setting up multi-step exposures for + or- EV per exposure and after the exposures are done voila you have a beautiful HDR photo. Keepin mind however: you will need a cable release (I recommend the MC-36) for the multipleexposures. OR take a few pictures at different exposures and overlay the photos in the in cameraretouch menu and there you have it perfect HDR photos every time! Goodbye Photoshop (forHDR anyway)The D300s and flash compatibility: I have noticed almost no one has talked about the fantasticflash compatibility with the D300s over many cameras. I figured it needed to be covered so hereit goes: The D300s is a DREAM to work with when paired with any Nikon Speedlight DynamicLighting System. My favorite and most frequently used flash is the SB-600 Speedlight which canbe wirelessly operated for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE with the D300s, you just have to knowwhat settings to change. Unlike the D3 which has to either have a hot shoe flash controller unitor an SB-800 ($900) the D300s can operate a nearly unlimited number of flashes wirelesslywithout any accessories. So if you are like so many other Nikon users and own an SB-600 justpush and hold the "Zoom" and the "-" button at the same time until you get to custom menu andcycle through until you can adjust the squiggly Z shaped line and turn it to on and it defaults tochannel 3 then either push and hold the "zoom" and "-" button to get out of the menu or just pushthe power button. Then go to the "Custom Setting Menu" (the pencil) on your D300s and change"e3" "flash cntrl for built-in flash" to the Commander mode and set to channel 3, and pop upyour built in flash and there you go...ABSOLUTELY FREE WIRELESS FLASH with perfectexposure compensation every time using a $250 flash unit. Hope it helps someone I know ithelped me so have fun and remember to change it back to TTL flash when youre done.UPDATE #2: I have had a lot of question on why you would get this over a D300 and here you
    • go the main reasons for buying the D300s over the D300 is the designated info button, and liveview button, movie mode, designated okay button instead of one crappy directional selector,quiet mode AND dual memory card slots. Its also 7 months newer so you wont have an outdated camera as soon. It also has slightly different menus and new software for shooting modesincluding landscape, and portrait modes.589 of 637 people found the following review helpful.A word of warning if youre buying a D300S for its video capabilitiesBy Lon J. SeidmanWatch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1QC8T70WR6CQE This is a toughreview because this camera is so excellent as a still device and easily earns five stars. However,if youre currently a D300 owner looking to upgrade for this cameras new video capabilities youwill be disappointed. The unfortunate rolling shutter problem that plagues the video feature onthe D90 exists on the new D300s too.Theres a host of technical reasons for this (the CMOS sensor is to blame) but the bottom line forthose looking for a great still and video camera should probably not rely on the D300S to be theholy grail of sub $2000 "prosumer" cameras just yet. There is software out there to correct theseissues, but it is a bit disappointing that Nikon didnt address this in firmware. Watch my video tosee more.81 of 84 people found the following review helpful.State of the DX art, better than FX for someBy Glenn CarpenterThere are plenty of very good comprehensive reviews here of the D300S here already, so Iminstead of posting another Im going to attempt to focus on what I see as some of the pros andcons of the D300S versus other camera bodies in the Nikon line-up. The D300S has essentiallyidentical image quality to the $500 D5000 and the now quite old (in DSLR terms) D300 andD90; and it remains a small-format DX camera while the next step up in price gets you a full-frame D700. Even so, my personal choice for the majority of my photography is a D300S ratherthan any of those alternatives. I have also owned and shot with every other camera mentionedhere: all are excellent and I believe all can be considered good values for the money spent intodays market. Perhaps some readers would find my perspective useful.As far as Im concerned, image quality from Nikon DSLRs has really been quite excellent at leastsince the introduction of the D70. Of course there have been all kinds of incrementalimprovements since then, but comparing anything since the D70 to the funky highlightsproduced by the earlier D100, for example, makes it clear that we have long since reached thepoint of diminishing returns when it comes to real, visible improvements in DSLR image quality.In terms of the finer points it will continue to improve, but whether you buy a D5000, a D300Sor a D700, the differences between the images you can make with the camera are going to betiny compared with the differences in how you can use it - with the exception of the FX-vs-DXfield of view, which is very important.What I think most people will benefit from is carefully assessing the features and physicalcapabilities of the various bodies, considering the types of photography they like to do, and
    • selecting the best match for their particular needs. Budget, of course, enters the equation: but formany photographers the small, light D5000 would be the best choice regardless of budget, whileof course others will absolutely require the pro features of the more expensive bodies.D300S vs D700; DX vs FX - By far the most fundamental issue in camera body selection:This is the one real difference between the shooting capabilities of any of the bodies Im writingabout here, and it affects every image you make with the camera once you buy it. I wouldstrongly advise readers NOT to look at format as a camera issue, but to look at it as a lens issue.Of course there are differences between the FX and DX bodies, even those closest inspecification, and to some degree its possible to equalize lens selection: but when you begin tolook at the practical realities of lens selection for DX vs FX formats, it is immediately apparentthat they operate in completely different worlds. Im convinced that this should be ones primaryconsideration when choosing a camera, assuming that your budget allows you a choice betweenthe formats.The heart of the matter is that it really is much easier to make a great DX lens than it is to make agreat FX lens. The basic physics guarantees it. The DX format is 2/3 the linear size of the FXformat, meaning that, all else being equal, lenses will have to be 3.4 TIMES BIGGER (1.5^3) inFX format to exactly equal the optics on DX of a DX format lens. Because lens design is amatter of careful compromise between many factors mainly size, price, max aperture, zoomratio, sharpness, and weight; real-world FX lenses arent made 3.4 times bigger, heavier andmore expensive than DX lenses. They are instead made only considerably bigger, withcompromises in other aspects of design - so that they must give up some aspect of performance:zoom ratio, max aperture, optical excellence - to achieve their design objectives.Because of this, there is really no FX equivalent to the excellent 16-85mm VR DX lens (the 24-120VR is a fairly mediocre lens despite being physically larger). Likewise the 35mm f/1.8 hascome out being a slightly better lens than the 50mm f/1.4G despite being smaller and lighter(though slower, unfortunately). Many excellent wide zooms now exist for DX cameras ataffordable prices, while the selection of FX wide zooms has one choosing between obscenelyheavy and expensive excellent lenses and "normally" priced average lenses. This conundrumspans the entire range of available lenses, and it is likely never to change or to resolve in favor ofFX because it is driven by the basic physics of optics and their design and manufacture.For this reason, DX cameras have tremendous advantages if you want to shoot lenses that arereasonably priced, that give excellent sharpness and overall image quality, that have flexiblezoom ranges, and that are light and compact enough to transport and use unobtrusively.FX, on the other hand, will be marketed as the premier format, and I think we can expect thatmost of the very best lenses made will continue to be FX lenses. Very fast primes, f/2.8 zoomsbuilt to pro specifications, long telephotos and the best macro lenses will all be FX. FX lensescan of course be used on DX cameras, but that realization leads to the other FX advantages.While the DX "crop factor" gives DX bodies a presumed advantage in the telephoto range, itconversely gives FX cameras a sizeable advantage within the "normal" ranges most people domost of their shooting at. A 50mm lens on FX equals a 35mm lens on DX in terms of field of
    • view, but allows for much better control of subject isolation than the DX lens. Likewise, a "fastwide" lens on FX such as the new 24mm f/1.4G becomes a much less exotic creature on DX, andprobably rather pointless as a consequence. For portraiture, the selection of lenses for FX iswonderful, if expensive, whereas DX shooters must compromise by using lenses not designedfor their native format.For photographers who shoot mostly in the normal ranges, who want to maximize their controlof depth of field (especially towards the wide end), who dont mind paying a premium for themost expensive equipment, and who are willing to put up with the weight and theconspicuousness of shooting with pro-level equipment as well as the compromises inherent inFX lens design, FX will continue to be the only option.There is one more advantage currently in shooting FX, in that the FX sensors are more light-sensitive than the DX sensors, enabling shooting at tremendous ISOs, well above the DX level.This will probably always remain so: the FX sensor is bigger, and can gather more light.Whether this is important to a particular user really depends on the types of photography theylike to do, but it should be appropriately factored into the decision. Likewise FX cameras havelarger viewfinders, which will probably never be possible on DX cameras: another luxury of FXshooting that does not directly translate to the images that can be produced.Personally, having been a film shooter in the past, I find my needs more than satisfied by DXbodies, at least for the time being. A selection of excellent, lightweight lenses suffices for thevast majority of my photography, while I can put up with the compromises inherent in someparts of the range, especially for fast wide shooting. Id like some fast prime lens options in therange of 16-28mm for DX but I can live with their absence considering the cost, both financialand in terms of lost flexibility, of switching to FX.D300S vs D300 vs D90My upgrade path went from the D40 through the D90 and D300 and then to the D300S. I lovedevery one of those bodies except, notably, the D300, which was in some ways a step backwardsin comparison to the D90 and which I was never completely satisfied with. I do currently have aD700 as well.The D90 is still a great camera, affording the vast majority of capabilities of the D300S, theexceptions being the inherent handling and feature advantages of the pro bodies. The D90 is alsomuch lighter and physically smaller than the pro bodies, making it a very pleasant camera toshoot, and I would still be using mine were it not for just a couple of relatively minorimprovements that make the D300S worth the upgrade for me. The pro bodies let you definecustom setting banks, so that I can switch between different types of shooting easily. Since I dothis daily, this is very important to me. Switching from an indoor, tripod-mounted shootingconfiguration to an outdoor, hand-held shooting configuration on a D90 takes a lot of buttonpresses and a couple of minutes, and there is always the very likely possibility of forgetting tochange one critical parameter and not realizing it until its too late. No matter how serious aphotographer you are, if you shoot mostly in similar conditions all the time, or in constantlychanging conditions such that pre-defined shooting banks would be useless, then this feature is
    • probably meaningless to you. It happens to be very useful to me.Likewise the D300S has a couple of features lacking in the D300 that allow for quick settingschanges: several shooting parameters (not enough, though) can be changed quickly right on therear LCD as on the D40/60/3000/5000 bodies, which I find very useful. Also useful, the D300Sfunction buttons can be programmed to put you at the top selection of a custom-defined menu.Between these two features I can access and change almost any of the commonly-altered settingson the D300S (or the D90/D700) very quickly, while the D300 had me hunting through the menusystem for far too long. This alone is a significant upgrade in camera handling for the D300Scompared to the D300, and by itself would merit the upgrade in my case.I wish any of these cameras could be programmed so that the LCD info screen would come onautomatically between shots as can be done with the D40-style bodies. I think buyers of higher-end bodies probably consider this an unnecessary or amateur feature, but in my opinion, that isnot so at all! Especially when shooting on a tripod, the info screen is a much quicker and morecomplete information reference than the top LCD, and especially if ALL the settings could be setdirectly through it, this would be another extremely valuable aid to quick settings changes.Todays cameras have so many settings, and they need to be changed so often to get the bestpossible image, that anything Nikon could do to give users quicker access to more settings wouldbe a step forward for photographers of any experience level.Other major differences between the D90 and D300S are, in order of approximate decreasingimportance to me, are: 1) Better focus system on D300 and D300S, 2) External buttons andswitches to quickly change focus and meter settings on D300 and D300S, 3) Usefully quickercontinuous shooting speed on D300 and even quicker on D300S (4.5fps for D90, 6fps for D300,7fps for D300S), 4) Decently weather-sealed body on D300 and D300S, 5) Rugged pro buildquality on D300 and D300S (comes at a cost, though, much larger and heavier), 6) AF fine-tuning on D300 and D300S. There are many more differences between the cameras than these,but these are the ones that matter to me.There is one more biggie. The D300S, unlike either the D300 or D90 (or D700 for that matter),has two memory card slots, and I happen to love the fact that one holds an SD card and the othera CF card. Most pros prefer CF cards. Im not a pro, and I prefer SD cards. What I love about thisfeature, though, is that there is a setting which allows the camera to write a jpeg to one card and aRAW file to the other. I shoot jpeg most of the time but RAW some of the time, and this is by farthe easiest way to go between jpeg-only and jpeg-plus-RAW, while ALSO getting all the RAWshots segregated from the jpegs so that you can later decide either to discard them, or todownload them to a different folder, at a different time, without any fancy file-downloadtrickery. When not using this feature the second card can be set to duplicate or to overflow,although I would prefer there to be more flexibility as to which card does what function.While the D300S is the "best" of these bodies in many ways, the features it has over the D90 arejust not going to matter to everybody, and the D90 is smaller and lighter enough that its veryseriously worth considering if you dont need them. The D90 is one of the best-positioned, bestbang for the buck bodies Nikon has yet made, while the D300S is a superb camera but givesdiminishing returns for the dollar, and by the ounce, in comparison.
    • D300S vs D5000I know beyond any doubt that there are a lot of photographers buying pro cameras that would bemuch better served with a smaller, easier to use, easier to carry and handle and store body, and ifyou cant decide whether to start slow or to go all-out with a pro body, you should really take alook at the D5000. In terms of its ability to capture any given image, the D5000 is the equal ofthe D300S, and only the time it takes to get that image, or the variety of lenses you can use to doso, really differs. The handling of the D300S, with its multiplicity of features and settings, isgoing to slow down, not speed up, the process for people who dont use the camera often enoughto stay fluent in the layout of its controls and functions. The D5000 gives you much of theflexibility, all of the image quality, and less size, cost, and weight. I personally enjoy the smallercameras very much. I prefer their smaller size and only use the larger, heavier bodies becausethey have capabilities the smaller bodies lack, and those capabilities are important to me. If thosecapabilities are of questionable importance to you, consider your needs carefully before youencumber yourself with their extra weight and extra expense.ConclusionIm going to give the D300S a rating of four stars. Clearly it is only intended to be a minorupgrade with respect to the D300, and it uses the same now-aging sensor used in all thesecameras, so its natural to expect that it is not a blockbuster on the new camera scene. Its notintended to be: Nikon has been busy developing FX bodies and adding to its lens line over thepast year or two. This particular corner of the lineup is getting a breather. It is a tremendouslycompetent camera, the top DX body currently available from Nikon, and an excellent tool for thejob of photography under almost all conditions. It would be surprising not to see an improvementon the subject of sensor technology within the coming months or year, which would beincorporated into a successor in time. I do think Nikon needs to get to work figuring out ways tomake the control interfaces of todays pro cameras more intuitive to use. Better menu systems,more easily accessed; more flexibility in the use of the rear LCD to view and change settings;more flexibility in the enabling of custom menus and setting banks (which are useful but limitedas currently implemented), would be high on my list of improvements. Nikon by its natureprefers to evolve its cameras incrementally over a period of years, and although thats a goodstrategy in some ways, other times it means we get stuck with "legacy" after-effects: backwards-reading meters, mechanical lens interfaces, and old style menu systems that have begun tooverflow their banks. Some streamlining of the user experience would make the cameras easier,quicker and more flexible in use.In a relative sense, though, those things remain nitpicks. The D300S is the best camera for myneeds currently on the market.See all 132 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by Category
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