Nikon D300 manual

The Nikon D300 Digital SLR is the successor to the D200, which was introduced way back in 2005. This upgrade isn’t evolutionary in nature, it’s a totally new camera. The D300 is the third-generation product of Nikon’s successful semi-pro series which started off with the D100 back in early 2002.

User manual for the D300

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The Nikon D300 is not a digital SLR camera for those who just want to dabble in photography. Neither is it for those who just like having the latest, coolest-looking camera hanging around their neck.

Nikon D300 features

  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit (low-pass filter vibration)
  • ISO 200 – 3200 (6400 with boost)
  • 14-bit A/D conversion
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor (Capture NX processing and NR algorithms, lower power)
  • Super fast operation (power-up 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, black-out 100 ms)
  • Shutter life 150,000 exposures
  • New Multi-CAM3500DX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
  • Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
  • Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) now available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
  • Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
  • Picture Control image parameter presets (replace Color Modes I, II, and III)
  • Custom image parameters now support brightness as well as contrast
  • Six frames per second continuous shooting (eight frames per second with battery pack)
  • Compact Flash UDMA support
  • 3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
  • Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast-detect Auto Focus
  • HDMI HD video output
  • ‘Active D-Lighting’ (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
  • Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on the LCD monitor, changes color in darkness
  • New MB-D10 vertical grip fully integrates into the body, multi-battery type compatible
  • Buttons sealed against moisture
ProsCons
Rugged construction with magnesium alloy body and full environmental sealing51-point Auto-area AF mode a bit slow for this caliber camera
Gorgeous, high-resolution 3-inch LCDNo in-body Image Stabilization system
Scene Recognition System works very wellNo full Auto mode (but this is a professional-level camera, so not expected either)
Nikon D300
Nikon D300

Included in the box:

  • Nikon D300 body with body cap, eyepiece cap, eyecup, and LCD monitor cover.
  • EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery and MH-18a quick charger.
  • AN-D300 neck strap.
  • UC-E4 USB cable.
  • EG-D100 video cable.
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM.
  • User’s Manual and Quick Guide.
  • Registration kit.