Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Excellent In Every Department
Member Name: MattyTM
Advantages: Excellent image quality, the perfect little camera
Disadvantages: Auto-focus could do with a tinker
The D300 is a camera that's taken all the positives from the D200 and improved it by even more if it ever seemed possible.
Like every new Nikon the Camera get's a pixel increase, this time to 12 million pixels. This when printing out large posters (the biggest i've done are 43" SHORTEST side) comes in handy as there is very little if any pixelation or resolution images even when images are blown up to those kind of proportions.
The HD movie feature is simply a gimmick, there's no need to use it, buy a camcorder if you want to shoot professional videos even amateur videos i'd opt for a stand-alone camcorder. Even so for some this will be an additional feature that will draw you in.
The 51 point AF system I particularly enjoy using, doing lot's of sports photography the subject will shoot from one end of your frame to the other in a matter of seconds. A few simply thumb swipes and you have the exact point where you wish to focus. This right here is why you pay for a professional camera as oppose to a point and click amateur camera.
The camera also performs well on continuous High & Low settings (shooting at 7 frames per second), with the auto focus tracker more often than not hitting it's target. Sadly at times it will drift off and pick the wrong subject to focus on, but hey something to work on for the D400.
Image processing is another major issue perfectly mastered by Nikon. From image capture, to process, to download your talking mere seconds and you can have your image up on screen ready for editing. It means when you have to sift through a 1000 shots and need to send out images in a short timeframe there is little issue when using the D300.
The D300 also has the magnesium alloy body, much better than the plastic seen on lesser models. Not only does it look nice, it is also very durable and I would go as far as to say rain proof from my own experience. It is also very light considering the size and content of the camera. It also performs remarkably well in low light, going to ISO 1600 with little image problems.
The large 3" LCD screen is both crystal clear and perfect to 'chimp' or review your images. Although it does as with most Nikons suffer from glare, making sunny days a little harder to deal with. The built in flash is also a nice addition, but you're always going to want to use a Nikon SB900 or 800 to get your images looking less flat. Even so it's nice to know you have a fall back plan which you don't get with the D3's.
In all this is a near perfect camera, great to use, quick, durable I mean there's little you can say against it. For professional and amateurs alike I couldn't recommend the D300 enough.
Summary: For professional and amateurs alike I couldn't recommend the D300 enough.
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