NIKON D300 /new/
Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikonís exclusive
EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the cameraís new features. The D300 features a new
51-point auto focus system with Nikonís 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the cameraís high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as found in the D3 that promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions.
The D300 reacts with lightning speed, powering-up in a mere 0.13 seconds and shooting with an imperceptible 45 millisecond shutter release lag time. The D300 is capable of shooting at a rapid
six frames per second and can go as fast as eight frames per second when using the optional MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack. In continuous bursts, the D300 can shoot up to 100 shots* at full
12.3 megapixel resolution.
The D300 incorporates a range of innovative technologies and features that will significantly improve the accuracy, control and performance photographers can get from their equipment. Its new Scene Recognition System advances the use of Nikonís acclaimed
1,005-segment sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help the camera determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed, before a picture is taken. This information is used to improve the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance functions in the D300. For example, the camera can track moving subjects better and by identifying them, it can also automatically select focus points faster and with greater accuracy. It can also analyze highlights and more accurately determine exposure, as well as infer light sources to deliver more accurate white balance detection.
The D300 incorporates Nikonís new Multi-CAM 3500DX auto focus module that features an intelligent array of 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors. These sensors can either be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either nine, 21 or all 51 focus points. The system also features 3D 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 performance of the new 51-point AF system.
The D300 features a new Active D-Lighting mode that, when enabled, provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast.
Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time can be shortened.
The D300ís LiveView feature offers two modes for confirming subjects and composition on the new 920,000-dot, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor while shooting. The Tripod mode is designed for precise focus and accuracy when the camera is on a stable platform and the subject is not moving. In this mode, the camera focuses on the subject using focal-plane contrast and any point on the LCD screen can be selected as the focus point for the picture. The second mode, called Handheld mode, allows photographers to use the cameraís conventional TTL focusing system, with all 51-points and 15 cross-type points available. When using this mode, the camera activates focusing immediately when the shutter button is pressed, to ensure accurate focus.
The D300 also employs a new self-cleaning sensor unit. Four different resonance frequencies vibrate the optical low pass filter in front of the image sensor to shake particles free and reduce the appearance of dust.
The cameraís viewfinder provides virtually 100 percent coverage so pictures can be framed accurately, while an ultra-high definition 920,000 dot VGA LCD screen on the rear of the camera displays images with vivid color and clarity. Its 170-degree wide viewing angle makes it easy to compose shots using the LCD screen in LiveView mode.
The D300 features rugged magnesium alloy construction and the cameraís shutter mechanism is tested up to 150,000 cycles. The 3.0-inch LCD is strengthened with tempered glass and the D300ís rubber gaskets and seals protect vulnerable entry points from dust and moisture.
Price and Availability
The D300 will be available from Nikon Authorized Dealers beginning in November 2007 for an
estimated selling price of $1,799.95**. With the introduction of the D300, Nikonís current lineup of digital SLR cameras now includes the new D3, D2XS, D300, D200, D80, D40x and D40.
12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor . Built-in self-cleaning sensor
unit minimizes the effect of dust.
6fps continuous shooting (8fps when shooting with the optional MB-D300
ISO 200-3200 : extendable up to ISO 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100
EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image
processing for superb tonal gradation.
Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the cameraís metering and AF
sensors for precise exposures and sharply-defined images.
Multi-CAM3500DX 51-point AF system . Individually selectable or
configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
Quick response with approx 0.13 second power-up and 45 millisecond shutter
release time lag.
Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling
customization of image parameters before capture, and offer complete
control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in
various color modes.
920,000 dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170- degree viewing angle.
Live View with Autofocus lets you compose images using the LCD monitor.
Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically
applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
Durable, magnesium alloy body : water and dust resistant.
Improved battery performance : sequential power supply between cameraís
EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium-ion battery and the (optional) Multi-Power
Battery Pack. HDMI video output interface enables connection to
high-definition video systems.
Intuitive ergonomics with optimized button placement for fast and
Lightweight Magnesium alloy body .