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Award: Editor’s Choice January 2008
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The editors liked

  • Excellent performance for the class it is placed in
  • Awesome picture quality
  • Rugged in construction
  • Custom settings
  • Dual card slots
  • Onboard wireless flash controller
  • Video capture.
  • Sophisticated feature set
  • Excellent AF performance
  • Responsive 3D tracking AF system
  • Incredibly vibrant 3-inch LCD
  • Good low light/high ISO capabilities (with limitations—see
  • Great handling Clear
  • Bright viewfinder Fast autofocus High-res LCD Fast Burst mode Manual focus in the live view Excellent image quality
  • Outstanding image quality
  • Great low-light performance
  • Excellent response times
  • Well-constructed body
  • Large and bright LCD
  • Great battery life
  • Superb overall picture quality
  • Low-noise images even at high ISOs
  • Very fast start-up time with no shutter lag
  • Water- and dust-resistant
  • Outstanding image quality and features. 3-inch LCD. 51-point autofocus. Active D-lighting. Two live view modes.
  • Great image quality. Substantial
  • Comfortable body. Snappy response time. Live-view LCD mode. Gives complete image control. Good high-ISO performance. Useful stabilizer in bundled lens.
  • Excellent image quality and excellent ergonomics
  • Excellent design and control layout
  • Very good menu system with “Help” feature
  • Good combination of usability
  • Control and custom modes
  • Value for money.
  • Excellent performance and photo quality
  • Solidly built
  • Extremely flexible custom settings architecture
  • Onboard wireless flash controller.
  • Brightest
  • Sharpest LCD weve seen. HDMI port for straighttobigscreen viewing. Most comfortable and ergonomic of the quartet.
  • Very good resolution and detail without looking over-processed
  • Even up to ISO 1600
  • Better balanced noise reduction than most
  • More chroma NR
  • Less luminance NR
  • High ISO 3200 perfectly usable (if slightly softer due to NR)
  • ISO 6400 usable for small out...
  • Excellent advanced Autofocus system
  • Live view in two modes
  • Optional battery grip increases performance and enables multiple battery use
  • Great rear screen
  • Rugged build quality
  • High ISO noise control
  • One touch zooming on screen
  • Lens presets
  • Ergonomi...
  • Excellent image quality
  • High ISO performance
  • And lens selection
  • Market-leading LCD screen
  • Huge feature set.
  • Tough build and superb ergonomics
  • Quick 51-point AF and 6fps shooting
  • 3in VGA screen with Live View
  • 14-bit RAW and broad customisation.
  • Best-in-class LCD screen
  • Interface improvements
  • Extreme customizability
  • Build
  • Interface
  • Noise control
  • Detail
  • LCD

The editors didn't like

  • No noticeable upgrades in the ISO noise
  • Not very userfriendly.
  • Manual noise reduction produces overly soft images at “Normal” and “High” settings
  • 3D tracking can work against itself when the subject and background colors are similar
  • 8fps continuous shooting available only with optional batte...
  • No in-camera image stabilization Heavy Break in the live view for AF Overly basic included software
  • Extremely expensive option
  • Costly add-ons
  • Complex camera aimed at enthusiasts
  • Expensive even for its class
  • Steep learning curve
  • No in-camera image stabilization
  • Erratic 3D Focus Tracking system
  • Expensive. No self-timer in live view mode.
  • Every surface seems covered with buttons.
  • Slight issues over white balance control
  • Modest continuous shooting frame rate
  • Otherwise not much else.
  • A bit too expensive
  • Given the competition.
  • CF memory card only. Biggest and heaviest of the quartet.Camera Resolution
  • 12.3megapixels (DXformat CMOS sensor)
  • No timed mirror lock-up function (could be automatic with self-timer)
  • Non-articulating LCD (increases the usefulness of Live View considerably)
  • Average automatic white balance performance
  • Still very poor under incandescent light
  • Loss of ISO100
  • Needs high-speed cards to get the best from it
  • Battery grip needs extras to allow full range of batteries
  • Menu system requires a lot of scrolling
  • ISO control is difficult to reach
  • Limited customization.
  • 12 Mpixels not a major boost over 10
  • No self-timer or histogram in Live View
  • Anti-dust not effective in our tests
  • PC control software not bundled.
  • Difficult to make all essential adjustments while looking through the viewfinder
  • Hard to use the camera one-handed
  • No mode dial
  • Flat live view
  • Little else

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  Published: 2009-09-15, review by: etechreviews.com

  • Excellent performance for the class it is placed in; awesome picture quality; rugged in construction; custom settings; dual card slots; onboard wireless flash controller; video capture.
  • No noticeable upgrades in the ISO noise; not very userfriendly.
  • Honestly this is a great camera; it has everything that you need for a professional shoot. It is very efficient, has a 3inch LCD screen, an awesome viewfinder and is also provides resistance to dust and weather, superb quality pictures and an overall ...

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  Published: 2009-08-11, review by: electronicsme.com

  • It's hard to find anything not to like about the D300 - you could complain about the fact that the LCD is not articulating, which would greatly enhance live view mode, but then you could easily argue that this would compromise build quality and reliabi...

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  Published: 2009-05-27, review by: modsynergy.com

  • The Nikon D300 is one of the best DSLRs in the business and will produce photos the way you want them to turn out. I cannot help it feel when using the Nikon D300 that I can do anything I want to and that is indeed possible because the Nikon D300 is a...

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  Published: 2009-02-03, review by: devhardware.com

  • The features and quality of the D300 are exceptional at this price point. For the price of a prosumer model, Nikon have managed to produce a camera that crosses well over the line into professional territory. Its rewarding to see the company incorpora...

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  Published: 2008-09-13, review by: gizmodo.com

  • Having been a Canon fan for quite some time, the D300 blew me away in 4 basic aspects. Shooting gadgets and liveblogs over a few months, it was clear that the Nikon D300, shooting to small JPGs from the hip, had a lot better time resolving white balanc...

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  Published: 2008-08-01, review by: pdnonline.com

  • Sophisticated feature set; excellent AF performance; responsive 3D tracking AF system; incredibly vibrant 3-inch LCD; good low light/high ISO capabilities (with limitations—see
  • Manual noise reduction produces overly soft images at “Normal” and “High” settings; 3D tracking can work against itself when the subject and background colors are similar; 8fps continuous shooting available only with optional batte...

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  Published: 2008-06-01, review by: tipa.com

  • Abstract:  With its solid design, excellent handling and robust, weather-sealed build quality, the Nikon D300 offers professional quality at a reasonable price. The 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning results – even at ISO 1600 – and it can be boosted t...

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  Published: 2008-05-07, review by: Howstuffworks.com

  • Outstanding image quality, great low-light performance, excellent response times, well-constructed body, large and bright LCD, great battery life
  • Extremely expensive option, costly add-ons, complex camera aimed at enthusiasts
  • If youre looking for high-end features in your advanced digital camera, Nikons D300 offers some outstanding options. Youll pay a premium for those high-end features -- a suggested price of around $1,800 for the camera body alone -- but few cameras ...

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  Published: 2008-05-05, review by: photoxels.com

  • Abstract:  The Nikon D300 has more features than the beginner photographer would ever need. It now also features Live View, which works like in most other DSLRs. Which is to say, it is not like what you are used to on your consumer point-and-shoot digicams. The D...

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  Published: 2008-05-01, review by: steves-digicams.com

  • Abstract:  Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikons exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the cameras new features. The D300 features a new 51-point auto focus system with Nikon...

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