Overview

Nikon’s flagship DX-format digital SLR. The D300S boasts many innovative enhancements and is designed to meet an even broader scope of creative demands from serious photographers.

Tech Specs

Type of CameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels12.3 million
Image SensorNikon DX format (23.6 x 15.8 mm) CMOS sensor
Image Size (Pixels)4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]; D-movie: 1280 x 720 / 24fps, 640 x 424 / 24fps, 320 x 216 / 24fps
SensitivityISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, plus LO-0.3, LO-0.5, LO-0.7, LO-1 (ISO 100); HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 (ISO 6400)
File FormatNEF (12 or 14-bit lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed RAW), TIFF (RGB), JPEG (Baseline-compliant); AVI movie (Motion JPEG compression format with monaural sound; Stero sound with external microphone)
Storage MediaCompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I, compliant with UDMA); SD memory card (SDHC compliant)
Shooting Modes1) Single frame shooting mode, 2) Continous low shooting mode: 1-7fps, 3) Continous high shooting mode: 7fps, 4) Quiet Shutter Release 5) Self-timer mode, 6) Mirror-up 7) D-Movie
White BalanceAuto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor); Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Choose colour temp., White balance preset
LCD Monitor3.0", 921,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, allows up to 170-degree viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback Function1) Full frame, 2) Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) with playback zoom, 3) Movie playback, 4) Slideshow, 5) Histogram display, 6) Highlights, 7) Auto image rotation, 8)Image comment
Delete Function1) Card format, 2) Single Image delete, 3) selected Images delete, 4) All Images (Except Protected images)
InterfaceUSB 2.0 (High-speed)
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)Approx. 1.5x lens focal length
ViewfinderFixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-¹)
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical / Approx. 0.94x
AutofocusTTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module; Detection -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Focus Modes1)Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); Focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder can be selected from 51 focus area
Exposure Metering System1) 3D-Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data); 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame; Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (fixed at 8 mm when non-CPU lens is used), 3) Spot: Meters 3.0 mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)1) 0 to 20 EV (3D-Color Matrix or Center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering)
Exposure Control1) Programmed Auto [P], 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 3) Aperture-Priority Auto [A], 4) Manual [M]
Auto Exposure Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 steps to (+-) 1.0 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter; 30 to 1/8000sec in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV plus bulb
Sync ContactX-contact only; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash Control1) TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400, 2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-900 or SB-800 and CPU lens, 3) Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S, 4) Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Sync Modes1) Front-curtain sync, 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Red-eye reduction with Slow sync, 4) Slow sync, 5) Rear-curtain sync
Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal, with built-in rubber cap
Self-TimerElectronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s.
Depth of Field Preview ButtonYes
Remote ControlVia 10-pin Remote Cord MC-22/30/36 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control WT-4 (optional)
GPSGPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Supported LanguagesTotal of 17 languages:Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Power RequirementsRechargeable EN-EL3e Li-ion Battery, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, EH-5a AC Adapter (optional)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)Approx 950 shots
Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO1222)
DimensionsApprox. 147 × 114 × 74 mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)Approx. 840 g
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D2, Strap AN-DC4, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM, Power Cable, Accessory shoe cover BS-1
Other FeaturesRetouch menu, Info Display on LCD monitor, Intergrated Dust Reductions System, Live view, D-Movie (with external stereo microphone input; in-camera movie editing),Dual card slots for CF/SD memory cards