Nikon D300

Combining innovative Nikon technologies with advanced new features and precision engineering, the D300 delivers the ultimate blend of DX-format performance.
Press Release

The sheer imaging power of a new 12.3 effective-megapixel DX Format CMOS image sensor with integrated A/D converter; the precision processing and astounding speed of Nikon’s original EXPEED digital image processing concept; the unprecedented focusing speed and precision of a new 51-point AF system; Nikon’s innovative new Scene Recognition System for optimal autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance; the composition and focusing ease of a large new pentaprism viewfinder that provides full 100% frame coverage; an expansive 920,000-dot, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor with wide viewing angle; near-instant power-up and immediate response; all with the advantages of Nikon DX-format agility and system expandability. Meet the new generation digital SLR camera that blends all these advanced features into one fine package – the Nikon D300.

Nikon D300 digital camera

Major Features

New DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels
The D300 features a new 12.3 effective megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor. It not only produces fine details with sharp resolution, but also provides a broad light sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 3200, (plus Lo 1 for IS0 100 equivalent and Hi 1 for IS0 6400 equivalent settings; Auto ISO control is also available). The CMOS sensor’s integrated A/D converter features the ability to select between 12-bit and 14-bit conversion, making it possible to shoot using high-quality 14-bit NEF (RAW) format. All internal processing is handled in full 16-bit color, which improves tone characteristics and contributes to high-speed image processing. Lateral chromatic aberration is also reduced, and the accuracy of color reproduction is improved.

Optimized digital image processing system applies Nikon’s innovative EXPEED concept
Nikon’s comprehensive EXPEED digital image processing concept marks the culmination of years of dedication to advancing photographic and digital imaging technologies geared directly toward satisfying the needs of our customers. The new digital image processing system developed for the D300 (the next generation of Nikon digital cameras) applies optimized technologies based on the EXPEED concept to instantly render natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction.

High-speed continuous shooting
The D300 can shoot as fast as 8 fps*1 in continuous bursts of up to 100 shots*2 at full 12.3 megapixel resolution. Support for the new generation of high-speed UDMA CompactFlash cards deliver optimum memory card access speeds.

*1 When using 12-bit NEF (RAW) format and the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
*2 NORMAL – LARGE image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash 1GB card

Immediate response
Near-instant power-up within 0.13 seconds, a shutter release time lag of a mere 0.045 seconds*, and viewfinder blackout time of just 0.1 second contribute to optimized all-around performance that lets photographers respond to any sudden shutter opportunities.

* When shooting in JPEG, TIFF, or 12-bit NEF (RAW) formats

Nikon’s original Scene Recognition System
Nikon’s innovative new Scene Recognition System advances the use of Nikon’s acclaimed 1,005-segment sensor to recognize the conditions of the subject and framed scene prior to capturing the shot. The benefits to autofocus include improved tracking of moving subjects, improved subject identification, as well as more rapid and accurate focus point selection. Highlight analysis optimizes auto exposure by providing more accurate exposure control and light source inference uses subject distance information and integrated pattern recognition to optimize auto white balance performance.

New precision 51-point AF system
Nikon’s new Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module gives the D300’s AF system its speed and precision. The 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors of the 51-point AF system work as in intelligent array that ensures fast and precise focus. Offering Single area AF mode and a choice of 3 Dynamic AF modes using groups of either 9, 21 or all 51 focus points, the system also features 3D focus tracking with automatic focus point switching that takes advantage of all 51 AF points as it uses color and light information to accurately track the subject. Nikon’s new Scene Recognition System and improved focus algorithms also contribute to the impressive speed and precision of the new 51-point AF system.

New Picture Control System
Nikon’s new Picture Control System offers more flexible and predictable control over optimized image finishing matched to individual preferences. Profiles can be saved and transferred to deliver the same results on any camera body that supports the Picture Control System. Users are free to use the four built-in profiles, “Standard”, “Neutral”, “Vivid”, or “Monochrome” or to adjust the parameters and then save or share the new settings as custom profiles. Quick Adjust makes it easy to simultaneously adjust sharpness, contrast, and color saturation. Nikon’s original Capture NX and Camera Control Pro 2 software applications are programmed to support and make full use of the Picture Control System.

Liveview offers real-time previews
Liveview offers two modes for previewing shots on the 3-inch LCD monitor before shooting. Hand-held shooting mode is designed to allow recomposing of the frame prior to actual shooting, lowering the mirror momentarily during live preview so phase-difference AF can be used for preview display. Tripod shooting mode with focal plane Contrast AF is geared for use in achieving precise focus accuracy when shooting still subjects.

Large, bright viewfinder that achieves 100% frame coverage
The D300’s new eye-level pentaprism viewfinder provides full 100% frame coverage and features large 0.94x magnification, an eyepoint of 19.9mm (at -1.0m-1), and built-in diopter adjustment range of -2 to +1m-1.

Precision craftsmanship for maximum durability
The new shutter unit for the D300 is tested to 150,000 cycles to maximize durability and service life. Its magnesium alloy chassis combines light weight with solid durability, while the body features an enhanced sealing system that protects against moisture and dust.

Active D-Lighting for highlight and shadow correction with optimized contrast
Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling light intensity and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve the right level of contrast across the entire image for sharp and detailed results.

Self-cleaning Sensor Unit for efficient dust reduction
Four different resonance frequencies vibrate the optical low pass filter in front of the image sensor to shake dust particles free.

Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (sold separately)
Nikon’s Wireless Transmitter WT-4 supports IEEE 802.11b/g/a for wireless connections, as well as 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX wired connections. New Thumbnail Select mode allows thumbnail previews to be displayed on a computer monitor via a wireless connection. Selected images can then be transferred to the co
mputer.
Remote camera operation and image viewing, including the use of Liveview, is also available when using the Wire
less Transmitter WT-4 in conjunction with Camera Control Pro 2 (sold separately).

Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (sold separately)
The optional new Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 supports 3 types of batteries and features sequential power supply with auto-switching to the battery installed inside the camera body. When attached, it also enables high-speed continuous shooting at a rate of 8 fps*1 for up to 100 consecutive shots*2.

*1 When using the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
*2 NORMAL – LARGE image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash 1GB card


Other Features
*    The high-energy Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL3e delivers enough power to shoot up to 756 consecutive images*1
*    The largest control panel (46 x 20.8mm) on a D-SLR*2 camera features an improved interface with lettering that can be switched to best match shooting conditions
*    HDMI Output supports HDTV display
*    Supports GPS devices via optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35
*    Retouch Menu provides handy access to Filter Effects, Trimming, Red-eye correction, Image overlay and other in-camera editing functions
*    Software Suite CD-ROM included

*1 Achieved under following test conditions: AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens; continuous shooting mode; continuous-servo autofocus; image quality set to JPEG BASIC; image size set to Medium; shutter speed 1/250 second; shutter release pressed halfway for three seconds and focus cycled from infinity to minimum range three times with each shot; monitor turned on for five seconds after six shots and then turned off; cycle repeated once exposure meters have turned off.
*2 Among D-SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses, as of August 23, 2007 (according to in-house research).

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D300 Specifications

Type of Camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels
12.3 million

Image Sensor
CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format

Image Size (pixels)
4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]

Dust-reduction System
Clean image sensor, image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)

Sensitivity
ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200 and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200

File System
Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21

Storage System
NEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW)
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

Storage Media
CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), Microdrive

Release Modes
1) Single frame [S] mode 2) Continuous low speed [CL] mode: 1 to 7*1 frames per second 3) Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 8 frames per second*1, 6 frames per second*2 4) Liveview [LV] mode 5) Self-timer [ ] mode 6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode
*1. When using AC Adaptor EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
*2. When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
(When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster with other settings at default)

White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, white balance bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments 1~3)

Liveview
Hand-held shooting mode, Tripod shooting mode

LCD Monitor
3-in., approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function
1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation

Delete Function
Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete
    
Video Output
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available

HDMI Output
Supports HDMI version 1.3a; Type A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available

Interface
Hi-Speed USB

Text Input
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

Lens Mount
Nikon F Mount with AF coupling and AF contacts

Compatible Lenses
1) DX AF Nikkor: All functions possible
2) D-/G-type AF Nikkor (excluding IX Nikkor lenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- Nikkor)
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can
be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data

Picture Angle
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder
SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)

Eyepoint
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)

Focusing Screen
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines

Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% (vertical and horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

Autofocus
・TTL 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); AF fine adjustment possible
・Focal plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]

Lens Servo
Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF

Focus Point
Single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point within entire frame

AF Area Mode
1) Single point AF 2) Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)] 3) Automatic-area AF

Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering System
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
1) 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; metering performed)
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used)
3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

Exposure Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20ºC)

Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI

Exposure M
odes
1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S] 3) Aperture Priority Auto [A] 4) Manual [M]

Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Auto Exposure Lock
Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L
button

Auto Exposure Bracketing
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)

Picture Control System
Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted

Shutter
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, Bulb

Sync Contact
X=1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 s (FP) adjustable with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)

Flash Control
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800

Flash Sync Mode
1) Front-curtain Sync (normal) 2) Red-eye Reduction 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync 4) Slow Sync 5) Rear-curtain Sync

Built-in Speedlight
Manual pop-up with button release

Guide number
(ISO 200, m): approx. 17 (manual 18)
(ISO 100 equivalent, m): approx. 12 (manual 13)

Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Accessory Shoe
ISO 518 Standard hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Sync Terminal
ISO 519 standard terminal

Creative Lighting System
With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock

Self-timer
2 to 20 seconds duration

Depth of Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)

Remote Control
Via 10-pin terminal or Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (optional)

GPS
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 Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Power Source
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, 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, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)

Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Custom Settings
48 settings available

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)

Weight
Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

Operating Environment
Temperature: 0-40°C/32-104°F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)

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-D100, Strap AN-D300, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM

Main Optional Accessories
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, AC Adapter EH-5a, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2

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August 2007 ©2007 NIKON CORPORATION
 

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