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Nikon D300s specs

nikon-d300s

I received that tip anonymously several days ago. The name Nikon D300s is not really what we all expected, but everything makes sense (at least to me):  same as the D300 plus HD movie mode, built-in mic and stereo audio input, dual SD and CF slots (differences are in red):

Nikon D300s
 Type  Single-lens reflex digital camera 
 Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
 Effective picture angle Approx. 1.5 x conversion factor (Nikon DX format)

Effective pixels
 Effective pixels  12.3 million

Image sensor
 Image sensor  23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
 Total pixels  13.1 million
 Dust-reduction system Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)

Storage
 Image size (pixels) 4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S] 
 File format   NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed
  TIFF (RGB)
    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
    NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
 Picture Control System  Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
 Media  Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant); SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
 Dual card slots  Either card can be used as the primary card; secondary card can be used for overflow or backup storage, or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; images can be copied between cards

 File system  DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge

Viewfinder
 Viewfinder  Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
 Frame coverage  Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
 Magnification   Approx. 0.94 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
 Eyepoint   19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
 Diopter adjustment   -2 to +1 m-1
 Focusing screen  Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
 Reflex mirror   Quick return
 Depth-of-field preview  When depth-of-field preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
 Lens aperture   Instant return, electronically controlled

Lens
 Compatible lenses     DX NIKKOR: All functions supported
  Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions); IX NIKKOR lenses not supported
  Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II; lenses for F3AF not supported
  AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
  Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only)
Electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster

Shutter
 Type  Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
 Speed  1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
 Flash sync speed  X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)

Release
 Release mode  S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), mark (self-timer), MUP (mirror up)
 Frame advance rate  With Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e: Approx. 1 to 7 fps (CL), Approx. 7 fps (CH)
   With optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 and Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a: Approx. 1 to 7 (CL), Approx. 8 fps (CH)* 
 Self-timer  Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration

Exposure
 Metering  TTL exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
 Metering method    Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
     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)
     Spot: Meters 3-mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
 Range (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
     Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV 
      Spot metering: 2-20 EV
 Exposure meter coupling   Combined CPU and AI
 Exposure modes  Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture priority auto (A); manual (M)
 Exposure compensation   -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
 Exposure bracketing  2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
 Exposure lock  Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) 
   ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) above ISO 3200
 Active D-Lighting  Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
 ADL bracketing  2 to 5 frames with strength levels varying according to number of frames chosen; for 2 frames, off and a chosen level are applied

Focus
 Autofocus  Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)
 Detection range  -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20°C /68°F)
 Lens servo    Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in single- and continuous-servo AF  
     Manual (M): Electronic rangefinder supported
 Focus point  Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
 AF-area mode  Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-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 

Flash
 Built-in flash  Manual pop-up with button release and a Guide Number of 17/56 (m/ft., ISO 200, 20 °C/68 °F; GN at ISO 100 equivalent is 12/39)
 Flash control    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, Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
     Auto aperture: Available with Speedlight SB-900 or SB-800 and CPU lens
     Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S
     Range-priority manual: Available with Speedlight SB-900 and SB-800
 Flash modes  Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync
 Flash compensation   -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
 Flash bracketing  2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
 Flash-ready indicator  Lights when built-in flash or flash unit such as Speedlight SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
 Accessory shoe  ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
 Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
   Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, Speedlight SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
 Sync terminal   ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

White balance
 White balance  Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (able to store up to 5 values) and color temperature setting (2,500K to 10,000K); fine-tuning available for all options
 White balance bracketing  2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3

Live View
 Modes  Tripod, Hand-held, 
 Autofocus    Tripod: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
     Hand-held: Phase-detection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
   
Movie
 Frame size (pixels)  1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps 
 File format  AVI
 Compression format  Motion-JPEG
 Autofocus  Contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a frame is possible (Tripod mode)
 Audio  Sound can be recorded via built-in or optional external microphone; sensitivity can be adjusted
 Maximum length  5 min (1,280 x 720 pixels), 20 min (640 x 424, 320 x 216 pixels)

Monitor
 LCD monitor  3-in., approx. 920k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment

Playback
 Playback function Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)

Interface
 USB   Hi-Speed USB
 Audio video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
 HDMI output Type C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected 
 Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
 10-pin remote terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional GPS Cable MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)

Supported languages
 Supported languages          Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Power source
 Battery   One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
 Battery pack    Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, EN-EL4a/EN-EL4 or eight R6/AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH, lithium or nickel-manganese batteries; Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EN-EL4 and R6/AA-size batteries available separately; Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 (available separately) required when using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EN-EL4
 AC adapter   AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5 (available separately)

Tripod socket 
 Tripod socket   1/4 in. (ISO 1222) 

Dimensions/Weight
 Dimensions (W x H x D)  Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm/5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.
 Weight   Approx. 840 g/1 lb. 14 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or monitor cover

Operating environment
 Temperature   0-40°C/32-104°F
 Humidity   Less than 85% (no condensation)

Accessories
 Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area) 
  Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-8, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Software Suite CD-ROM

* With a battery other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, the continuous shooting speed may be slower than 8 fps in continuous high speed mode.

NR rating system: 85%

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  • jbl

    I strongly hope for Nikon that this is fake because it is not going to work. People won’t upgrade and a lot who were waiting for a real D400 for its video feature might just switch over to canon and get their hands on that so appealing and cheap 5d mk2.

    Calling it D300s might be a good idea thought.

  • heartyfisher

    Just had another thought … We all know that Fuji is pressuring Nikon for a body for their new Sx Pro dslr. The new D300s Body with their EXR sensor would make an excellent wedding photographers kit with the security of the 2 CF/SD memory cards!

    • NI-CA guy

      Yeah it would be nice. But in reading about the EXR Sensor, it basically splits the pixel in half to take High Dynamic/High ISO pictures in those Modes. Its the same as the previous Super CCD but all the pixels are the same size and the color array different. It would have its normal mode for say 12mp but to switch to High Dynamic or High ISO Low Noise it would be 6mp. So the EXR Pro Camera should be at least Full Frame with 20.2mp to have a 10.1mp High Dynamic/ISO range. And it would be outstanding picture quality that should surpass any DSLR in those ranges.

  • NI-CA guy

    Would this mean the D400 will be out next year by June? And with the D4 or D800?? Nikon is some what lagging behind if they come out with the D300s instead of D400. 1 year an 11 months from the D300. Isn’t the D300 on a 2 year product cycle or 3? If it is 3 then it would make sense, but whatever just go out and shoot!!!!!

  • Fa

    Hi ! When could we buy it ?

  • TNT

    I’m sooooo disappointed…. after a 2 year wait this is what they’re giving?? And to know that there will be no update to D700 really pissed me off – as per admin’s post.
    As an owner of a D300 for 1 and half a year plus, I’ve been looking forward to a DX update or an FX with higher resolution which is “more affordable” like those offered by Sony A-900 & Canon 5D mk-2. But Nikon is really going off the track now..

  • Two CF card slots

    Yes for two card slots but only for the same cards, CF cards especially.
    It would be bad to have the cripple solution of being able to use only 1 CF card slot and a second card slot that could not be a second CF card.

    So, if you read this, Nikon, make sure you put 2 card slots for CF cards only.

    Do the same for the update to the D700, adding 2 card slots too.

  • what do you want?

    OK, you the whiners, what on earth would satisfy you in the specs of a D300?
    A D3X in a D300 body at a D300 price?!!!!! Wake up, dreamers, the D300 was already the best camera in its particular sensor size so what do you expect more?!!! A D3X at the price of a D300!!! Sorry to break it to you but it will not happen.
    You are pathetic in your expectations, many of you whiners!!

    With HD video added and a few other improvements, that is as much as Nikon can do for this type of camera in the market segment it is in and considering the already outstanding camera the D300 is!!
    If you want a D3X, be ready to pay for it, pathetic misers!!!!

    • Eskimo_Nikonian

      Totally agreed. Canon’s 50D gets lower FPS burst over the 40D, because Canon followed the marketing. My D300 rocks, a few more tweaks, video being a big one, would really sweeten the deal.
      As for two CF slots vs. 1 CF and one SDHC, give me the latter. 16 and 32 GB SDHC cards can be bought for a song. Can’t say the same for CF. That capacity is going to be needed for video and Class 6 SDHC cards are fast.
      Remember the D70s? That was pretty successful after it replaced the D70.

  • mike

    I was wondering what they could do to make a D400, and all I could think of was a new sensor. It didn’t sound like it would have been a compelling upgrade over the D300. This is even a less compelling upgrade over the D300, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s just as well, since the D300 still doesn’t have any real competition 2 years on.

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