I own two of these cameras. Does that tell you anything? I’ve owned Nikon cameras since I was 16 years old (I’m now 30), and have never had a problem, but only great experiences. I wanted to purchase a professional-grade camera body that wouldn’t break the bank. In 2009, after much research, I decided to go ahead & purchase this Nikon D300 camera body at around $1,400, and I have been so, so impressed. Most of the photographs on this website were taken with the Nikon D300 body. With the optional Nikon MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack, I can shoot for days without recharging.
What most people don’t realize is that you should buy a great camera body that has high reviews and has sufficient mega-pixels, but not the most expensive camera body on the market. The real photographic quality comes from the camera lens. I purchased two of these Nikon D300 bodies, but then I spent the real money on sharp-as-a-tack lenses (which I love, and will review in the near future). Don’t get me wrong, this camera (and the newer D300s version) are professional grade camera bodies; just not the highest end bodies. I hope to review the D300s eventually, because it shoots HD Video!
So if you’re in the market for a really high-end professional camera, but don’t want to spend a couple grand, I highly recommend the Nikon D300 (now D300s) camera body. There are also some very cool camera bodies that recently came out, which I would like to review soon (Nikon D3100 on the lower price range and the Nikon D7000 on the higher price range).
Click below to check out the Nikon D300s (new model), Nikon D3100, and Nikon D7000 on Amazon.com:
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Here are some key features from Nikon’s website on the new D300s camera body:
- Rapid 7 fps*1 or 8 fps*2 continuous shooting (CIPA Guidelines)
- Refined D-Movie function including an external microphone input for clear stereo sound recordings
- Multi-CAM 3500DX AF sensor module featuring 51 AF points offers fast, efficient and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
- Large, bright viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.94 magnification
- Nikon’s original DX-format CMOS image sensor; 12.3 effective megapixels
- Nikon’s original Scene Recognition System, utilizing 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, delivers more accurate autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance
- Dual card slots for CF/SD memory cards
- Magnesium alloy body for light weight and rugged durability
- Durable shutter unit proven by 150,000 cycles of testing on fully assembled camera
- Easy-to-access Live View modes enable ease of shooting while composing on the LCD monitor
- Quiet Shutter-release mode for nonintrusive shooting
- Active D-Lighting allows bracketing images up to five frames
- Built-in flash with 16mm lens coverage and Nikon’s original i-TTL flash control that commands Advanced Wireless Lighting
- Highly efficient energy-saving design allows as many as 950 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (CIPA Standards)
- Versatile in-camera Retouch Menus enable enhancement of images without using a computer
- Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
- Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 extends shooting capability up to approx. 2,950 shots*3 per charge (CIPA Standards)
- Capture NX 2, Camera Control Pro 2, and Image Authentication Software (all optional) enable more advanced operation and image editing
- *1When Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e is used
- *2When Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a and Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 are used for the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10
- *3When Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e is used for camera body, together with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a and Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 for the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10
Here’s a great video review on the new D300s camera body:
Let me know if you know of some other exciting camera bodies or camera equipment! Leave comments below.