Nikon D300s specs


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)

 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
    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  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

 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

 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 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

 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

 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 

 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)
 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)

 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 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)

 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 (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)

 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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  • kkkkk

    please say it’s fake please

  • If movie mode is all they are adding, not worth it!!!

  • Anonymous

    SD and CL speed aren’t bold

    • I didn’t notice those

      • regular

        The truth is in details.

  • Mats

    Maybe in fact ‘bold’ isn’t clear enough to make the changes stand out. How about making that text red or something? I had trouble finding the changes at all.

    And although this is definitely a good Nikon rumour as such, a D300s doesn’t thrill me much..

  • Peter

    This :

    “* 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.”

    implies that 8FPS is possible with the standard battery. The D300 spec is 6FPS or 8FPS via EN-EL4(a) or external AC power.

    SD & CF? Nah. Don’t buy it.

  • H.

    Stupid if true. Nikon seems to not understand that you just can’t slap HD on it cause it has LV. The technology needs to be there so they can avoid the masive jello cam and aliasing etc. Nikon could be a big hit, however reality is, it’s Canons game to win as it so far appears.. I would like to have hope for Nikon, however it’s hope I can put somewhere else…

    • rwbenjey

      Canon’s game to win? Do you mean in regards to dSLR video? Because, in my opinion, Nikon’s killing Canon overall (not to start a Nikon vs. Canon debate as both are good).

    • Nikkorian

      I suppose they have been or will be able to strongly enhance speed of reading out the CMOS chips. It’s only that so far there was no need. When introducing movie in the D90 they obviously missed to realize there was a limit. I don’t think they would introduce another camera with jello effect, especially not a pro cam like the D300s/D400.


  • S3 Shooter

    It leaves more questions than it answers. EXPEED II processor? Improved image quality over the D90? If it is a true advance beyond what the specs show it may be worth it …. gotta wait for reviews and samples.

    • S3 Shooter

      BTW .. frame rate says 7fps w/o the MB-D10 … 8fps w/ the MB-D10 …oooo… makes me want to spring for the grip.

      • Burgerman

        Both the D300 and the D700 can already do 8 frames per second… Without the grip. But only for 9 frames. Great for hand held HDR (which I hate) in bracket “burst” mode. Set it in your menus…

        And with Flash set to bracket but left shut then you can have 8fps without bracketing…

        But dont update to the latest firware because they noticed and “fixed” the loophole to make us buy the battery grip/D3 etc…
        You just have to set bracke burst to 3, 5 7 or 9 AND SET TO s (SINGLE SHOT) and hold the function button at any time to get 8fps.

        • My d300 has the latest firmware and it still does the 8fps trick. However I wanted the grip anyway so it was pointless for me.

  • Jim

    Just abysmal if it’s true. Awful.

    Same compression, no manual control, no 1080p, same jello.

    Who would buy this thing?

    • Mike

      I would get this, since most likely the higher ISO’s will be less noisy than the D300. Noise cleanup is getting better and better. 1080p video is over rated. Actually, I don’t care for video on a DSLR anyway. Besides, the cameras that have 1080p video are not the full 30fps or 24fps. Canon’s is 20fps, which makes their 1080p just a gimmick.

      • Bob

        The Canon 5D MKii shoots 1080p at 30p and is rumored to be getting 24p as well. I think the D300s is aimed more at the 5D than the Canon consumer line that is the T1i.

    • I would get it, since it would fit in my current underwater housing (many times the cost of the camera itself) and would allow me to shoot video instead of hauling my other rig out with me. It would also leave me with a D300 backup body.

      It’s not what I was hoping for (D400 or D800), but I’d still get it.

  • Newfie

    Seriously folks, do you think Nikon and Canon can keep up the pace with new bodies every 18-24 months. In my opinion, even adding HD Video to a dSLR is just grasping at straws. Camera and sensor technologies cannot progress based on engineering alone. At some point new materials need to be developed. This is the speciality of the basic sciences such as physics Things take time. Until then both Nikon and Canon will continue to add bells and whistles to their cameras without ever enhancing the quality of the image.

    Take a breather, buy and enjoy one of the great cameras Nikon already makes and wait a few years until there really is something with buying.

    • Stephen

      Moore’s law is the ultimate dictator. Yes they can develop newer and better technology every 18 months. No, that doesn’t mean the sensor will get better, but maybe the processor will be faster. Maybe read/write times will improve. Maybe the onboard memory speed will get faster and bigger. Frankly, I think they should go look into some of the 2D graphics chips nVidia puts out. Put a big horsepower processor in the camera with a full Gig of DDR3 RAM, It would handle shooting raw continuously.

      • Dave

        The nvidia chips are not designed for that kind of image manipulation, Cell is better for that. Nikon could definitely take advantage of SOI and some of the other technogies that have appeared relatively recently in the processor industry. That would allow them to shrink die size and speed up clock cycles without doing a complete redesign of the processor. We’re tearing our hair out these days trying to make processors faster, but memory keeps getting bigger and cheapr. So you are right on about the memory. I expect we’ll see a D3s or D4 with a monster buffer before we see it in the Dxxx range.

        • Stephen

          I would say the 2D portion of nVidia’s proc would work well. All you are doing is throwing an algo at an array of pixels. Anyway, what I don’t get is why memory isn’t self upgradable. Mounting memory is easy. I know they want control over it, but I want to be able to upgrade to 4 gigs if I want to. I don’t suppose it’s 64bit so that would be the biggest it could be.

          Anyway, I see it as kind of like a laptop. Yeah a lot of things aren’t upgradable, but the memory should be completely self upgradable.

          • Chris

            Memory in embedded devices (cameras, cell phones, microwaves, etc…) isn’t user-upgradable because is is generally surface-mount and soldered onto the circuit board. User-upgradability requires access points (since they’re not going to let you take apart your camera) and contacts, both of which add considerable size. Notice how laptop processors (generally) are not user-replaceable? They, too, are soldered onto the board to save space.

  • low

    omg this sucks, i think im going canon!! *trick*

  • David

    Quiet shutter release option is a nice addition too. I would assume it includes D90/D5000 sensor improvements over the original D300.

    Looks like an update in the model to to keep up with the Jones and relevant in today’s feature rich environment so that they don’t lose potential D300 customers to Canon, but I’m not seeing it as an update that would send any current D300 users out to replace their current D300 with a D300s.

    • Exactly. Looks like a quiet improvement to even up the score w/ Canon, but otherwise not enough of a jump in tech to equate having the D400 name. Makes sense to me.

      • Dave

        How does this even the score with Canon? 50D is direct competitor to D300 and offers 15.1MP at $1200. 50% more pixes for 2/3 the price?

        • Dave

          My bad… 30% more pixels for 2/3 the price.

        • acarodp

          If you measure cameras by pixel you should be buying point and shoot. The 50D has 15 MP that provide insignificant resolution advantages (both by numbers and by tests, see DPreview raw comparison…), has a lesser viewfinder, lesser metering, vastly lesser AF, significantly lesser build and sealing, lesser frame rate, no built-in flash commander. Many of these things cost money to produce, all might (or might not) be worth money for you. The 50D is a fine camera, but the plain reason why it costs less is that it is an inferior camera. Which is, for example, the reason why a D60 costs less than a 50D. I would say that if you look at the 50D and D300 and don’t see the difference, you are looking at cameras that are not for you.


        • You can have the megapixels. In fact, cut a few off the current total and the sensible people would probably not be alarmed.

          I’d actually consider a large jump in MP a reason *not* to buy an “upgraded” camera. So for some of us, more megapixels is *not* cause for celebration.

          • dave

            I wasn’t hoping for a huge jump in MP, just a modest one. As it stands, and until I see some test results on high ISO for the D300s, the only significant difference for me between the D90 and D300s seems to be fps. Yes there are several other differences in build and bracketing and other features, but that is the only difference that is important to me. Not sure I can justify spending double the cost of the D90 to double my frame rate.

            But I guess until Nikon actually announces a camera and it’s specs, I’m not going to worry about it.

            Is it possible this rumor is just Nikon marketing research to see what kind of response they’d get to a D300s?

  • Dominick

    The dx0 mark for the D90 is 13th and the same for the D300 is 17th. Currently the D90 is $797.95 cheaper. The D300 is 2007 generation technology. The D90 is 2008 tech. This D300s is a marriage of already outdated imaging and 2008 video for more money than the 2008 imaging and 2008 video package. Technology improvement does not support this kind of product trend. I hope it is fake.

    • Eli

      How do you know it won’t incorporate new processing tech to have better high ISO performance than the D90 and D5000?

    • Nikkorian

      D90 sensor is a development of D300 sensor and D300s sensor will be a development of D90 sensor. So it will have at least D90’s high iso performance and it will have gotten rid of the jello effect.

  • twoomy

    Very believable, but like many I am disappointed. Nikon has a history of releasing “s” versions of their cameras — the D2Xs and the D2Hs are the most memorable. They are essentially the same exact camera as before, but with a handful of bonus features and little fixes that make the newer model the final super version of this camera before Nikon moves on to their next model.

    But it will be disappointing if there is no big D400 this year. If the D300s is true, a D400 is very unlikely.

  • mtk

    Dual Slot Memory? Count me in once I upgrade from my trusted D80, either to this one or it’s probable FX sister (brother? cousin? whatever). An EyeFi SD-card would arrive with the same order.

    The video could have an upgraded processing, too, that wouldn’t really show in the specs. Like getting rid of the “rolling shutter” issue.

  • Stephen

    If this is true, it would be a huge mistake for Nikon. Right now I can’t justify the added cost of a D300 over a D90. Frankly interface issues don’t bother me and the body quality is a mute point. I like a plastic body. Wait, what did I say. Yes I like a plastic body, It’s lighter and from my experience a little stronger. Yeah, they may add video mode, but that still doesn’t justify the expense over a D90.

    I call it fake.

  • Dave

    I really hope this is not true. Would be a huge mistake. Nikon is sleeping right now, they should be competing with the Mark II and A900.

    • Eli

      Why? The grass is always greener on the other side. 5D2 and A900 users wish they had the AF, speed and high ISO performance of the D700 (yes the 5D2 is good but above 3200 the D700 leaves it in the dust).

      • Sproutey

        Certainly doesn’t. The 5DII has remarkable high-ISO performance right through the range, especially given the disparity in resolution with the D700. After a little post-processing, the Canon maintains better fine detail as well.

        • rwbenjey

          opinions, opinions

  • Nik oN

    I think its the one guys; they can’t get a D X higher than the D 700 ; I m a lil disapointed but we need to see what its really going to be ; I think that a D 700 still better than a 5 D Mrk II so I m juss waitin for that new dude to come out ;I m sure Its going to be great anyway!

  • Nik oN

    …and then they re goin to work on that big fx full frame that will film and blow out that piece of old 3.9 s doooooh!! that Canon is goin to be a piece of crap in one year someone want bet???????????????????????

    • fotosniper


      • Nik oN

        You know nikon also do sniper view!!!! Canon doent lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tomuse

    It is definitely not true, i know the Author from Markt & Technik an he said that the Nikon D400 puplishing is comming in Summer 2009. These Specs are an fake.

  • pete

    fake. not even nikon would be stupid enuf to release this paltry upgrade.

  • JP

    If and I say If this is true – I rather spend my money on a D700 than on a D300s.
    The “D300s” Is not worth the money for those few upgrades – in my opinion anyway.

  • Nik oN

    I hope so II !! cause I dont need a D 300 with a D 90 like video mode I got both!!!!!!!! and a D 700 s with video mode that will film full hd is more needed like I said before I think we re goin to have to wait the new sony that will film and ,I think will be the best slr since a long time!

  • Stephen Foster

    Looks a little ho-hum to me.

    Maybe I missed it when skimming through, but I really would have expected an upgrade in both sensor and Expeed Engine to make it more in line with the D90.
    Looks like it is still a relatively low ISO performer. I’d Stick to the D90 if this was true.

    • Eli

      Are you serious? Poor ISO performance? The ONLY DX camera that can match the D300 is the D90 (and D5000 by association). And it’s not like the difference between the two is noticeable–I bet you couldn’t tell the difference between a D90 and a D300 image both at 3200 ISO.

  • crazypixellogic84

    As everyone above me has said these features hardly justifies buying a 2,300 dollar SLR and yes I think they will charge that much I mean look at the D3x. From what I know the cross section of which the sensor is formatted on hasn’t changed the SRS system seems to be the same. I have to say shame on you Nikon I was looking for a reason to complement my D90, but knowing and hoping this is fake I call shenanigans .

    • Nik oN

      If you only have the D 90 I can tell you that the D 300 is already 10 times at least better than the D 90 even without the video and high iso capacity, and a 51 AF points topp all Camera on the market anyway even the 1D mrk III so dont judge what you dont have cause the D 300 D 700 and D3 D3X are just the best camera that humans never made.

      • crazypixellogic84

        well I never claimed that the D90 was better I said to complement not to supplement and if Nikon where to come out with the D300s it’s not much of a upgrade considering the canon 50D has about 15 megapixels to the D300’s 12.1. honestly it’s all about what you prefer .If you like having more AF points then fine but there are a lot of people who compare by megapixels and don’t see the advantage of having a SLR camera with less megapixels and paying more for it.

        • Nik oN

          …..and less Dynamic ,why people dont understand pixels,.??

      • Eli

        I love Nikon but there is no question that the 1D Mark III has the best AF system on the market. Number of points means nothing–most D300/D700/D3 users put it in a group mode anyway. But the 1D3 is faster and more accurate than any of them… when it works.

        • I think you just discounted your own claim.

          And have you used s D3 next to a 1dmkII or mkiii? I’d take the D3 over any 1D model any day.

          • Eli

            So would I, because the D3 is better at high ISOs and is overall a much more flexible camera (FF > 1.3 crop). But if you’re talking sports the D3 is only second-best.

          • Come again? How is the d3 in any way inferior at sports? Again, is this something you’ve compared? The D3 tracks ridiculously fast in my experience and the 1dmkii lost the target too much for my liking. Say what you will, but 50 AF points does a better job, and the D2 and D3 series focus insanely fast with most of the glass you’d be using for sports.

        • Nik oN

          If you want a good focus wrong ,all Canons shoot are almost unfoccus and you can get lower AF points If you want to choose it faster ,personally ,I use continuous AF with 51 pts ,for portrait no Canons can make as good portrait and please especially with 9 Af POINTS dohhhhhhhhhhhh!!

  • Nik oN

    I guess its the necessary low production crisis times costs !!!!!

  • Nik oN

    remember nikon just fired 1000 workers!!!!!!!!


    Pretty lame update. Only thing new that sounds cool is the Dual SD & CF slot. HD on a DSLR I could care less about and would probably never use it. I would use a HD camcorder for real video recording if I wanted to.

  • Dan

    Perhaps Nikon isn’t ready to introduce a D400 that is light & day different from the D300 the way the D300 was to the D200.

    The 50D hasn’t really been eating up the D300’s market share so no pressure there, and I’d much rather see a D700 successor which could enable Nikon to sell the D700 at the D300’s current price level.

    • Nik oN

      Agree wit yu!!! thats Nikon philosophy: givin the chance to new consumers to test the new technology of his brand one year later for cheaper;which, I think its better than the ;you can If you got lot o money lol!!!!

  • Nik oN

    thats why I dont buy Canon and Apple they are fancy brand to me,that means non pro just expensive technology for cocky people ;peace I m out ttyl!!!!

    • Eli

      Nikon lenses are a lot more expensive than Canon lenses…

    • I’m a pro and I would never be without my Mac.. Most pro photographers prefer Macs. Period.

      I shoot with Canon at work (1D Mark II and 5D Mark II) and Nikons at home. My perference? Nikon.

      • Juergen.

        “Eric” wrote:
        “Most pro photographers prefer Macs. Period.”

        How many pro photographer exactly are there in the world? And how many of them prefer Macs?

        • rwbenjey

          There are probably quite a few. Most of the ones I know use a mac. Most PC’s just aren’t reliable (based on experience). I have never had a stability issue with my mac.

      • What makes you pro? shooting weddings? P-L-E-A-S-E

        • Jeff

          earning 51% or more of your income through photography and being a self supporting indivdual. He’s right though. All the pro’s I know, be they Canon, Nikon, Mamiya, etc… (real people, not bloggers) all use macs

      • Nik oN

        Wrong ,Im not talking about Graphist semi pros I m talkin about pro and scientifics ;is Canon doing microscopes????I think not!!Is Canon doing ,and where is the GPS ??????

  • Jim

    @ Admin:

    I knew you had secrets to tell!

  • Nik oN

    I bought the D 90 and the D 300 at the same time almost with a 35 mm 1.8
    + 18 200 MM vr+ 70 300 vr plus remote and grips for the same price than a 5D mrk whatever;;;and one F4 barill look like lens.and I m lovin it!!!!!!some people just want to look cool,but dont comprehend that takin pictures needs at least 3 or 4 lens a 5 D is nothing if you dont have 3 lenses wich means more that 5000 dollars!!!!!

  • Zoetmb

    I don’t know if it’s fake or not, but I think most are looking at this from the wrong perspective. This is not “should I upgrade to this from a D300”. It’s “we have the capability to add incremental features, plus video, to a D300, so let’s do so for those who want the camera but haven’t purchased it yet.” If this added substantial new technology, it wouldn’t be a D300s, it would be a D400 or something else.

    I don’t know how anyone can see this as a negative unless it removed features from the D300.

    As to whether the release of such a model means the D400 won’t be coming out soon is anyone’s guess. Without the crashing economy, I wasn’t expecting the D400 before October 2009. With the bad economy, I could see it deferred until 2010, but that depends upon whether Nikon’s strategy is to defer investment or the opposite: to move up new models to generate cash flow.

    I think we’re becoming a bit spoiled and impatient when it comes to new models. The Nikon F original model was in the market for 14 years: from June 1959 to September 1973.

    The D70 was released in March 2004. The D70s was released in April 05. The D80 was released in September 06. The D90 was released in September 08. Based on that, it’s possible the D300s is imminent and the D400 is end of year, but as the market is still changing, anything is possible.

    • Nik oN

      totally agree.

      • Sproutey

        If Nikon release a D300s there’s no way a D400 is coming this year and I can’t believe anyone thinks otherwise.

        As for this spec, what more are people expecting? The AF, speed, build and basic spec are all solidon the D300 with nowhere to really go at the moment. Video is needed for marketing purposes as we’re now seeing the market perception of video-less bodies being ‘old’, despite the fact most people realise the idea of Dslr video isgreater than the actuality.
        Other than these tweaks, what else do people feel the D300 needs?

        • Nik oN

          proof: who was expectin the D 700 it came out like that!!

        • Nik oN

          they are finishing DX you didnt know??

          • Nik oN

            it will be the last one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • funny

            would you stop triple or 4x chained replies to your own stuff. Learn how to use the enter key to start a new line.

          • Nik oN

            Change your name into fony it ll be cool Nikon haters you are afraid of nikon s new releases are you????

    • 10to20

      I agree. This is what I want. The D300 with movie mode and SD to use the 8GB cards I already have from my D40. Better programmability to experiment with. If I can afford it, this is the body for me.

      • One of the only sensible people around here. Don’t see what ev’one else is crying about. Guess they’re all looking for 15fps & 100MP for $50 all in a cute little bow-tied package.

        What is it about the D300 that doesn’t cut it right now? Are any of the people complaining about the D300s pushing the limits of a D300 right now? Are these people complaining so up against the wall by the D300’s limitations that they cannot possibly wait for a better machine? If so, then perhaps it’s time for them to step up into the D700 world. Or shut up. Either or, but definitely the latter preferably.

        That amount of whining crybabies in here absolutely ASTOUNDS me.

  • Elliot

    Xpeed needs to improve so 14-bit shooting doesn’t slow to 2fp. I’d be VERY surprised if that wasn’t fixed, especially since even the Rebel XSi does better.

    • acarodp

      It has nothing to do with expeed. It is the sensor readout system using on-board per line ADC. Apart from the etail that I have still to see any number telling me these sensors benefit from 14 bit… but basically, unless they changed the sensor, the 14 bit slowdown will be there.


  • Nik oN

    look at the 16 bit leica M8 its 2 fps the 5 D Mrk II is 3.9 The D 3 X is 5 , What you re askin fo is impossible yet sowwy ;we ll have to wait like all serious people and serious camera makers!

  • Nik oN

    the important thing for nikon ,I guess ,is to keep the reactivity and speed of the cameras they make, thats what I ask to a camera also , So stop tryin to reach the stars with a boat please!!

  • Nik oN

    pixels and bits are secondary ,thanks nikon they understand pros!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • funny

    come’on nikon. even panasonic now offers 1080p using h264. what’s with the POS codec from the 90s on a pro-enthusiast level body.

    • Nik oN

      well I also have 2 panasonics they are good for evrything exept for real pictures treck and adventure but they are very good cameras and they are making very good moovies ;the F Z >50 is filming with AF unlimited time in XVGA 16 9 since 3 Years they all copy that from them even CANON.
      And guys lesson well the next SONY and NIKON will be the best ever made !!!!

      ps:the Nikon video mode is the best you can ask for a APSC yet possible :
      25 Images / second
      Dynamic untopped because of the size of photosites……………thank you!!

      • funny

        I agree it is the best at something:
        making every texture look soft and washed out. Unlike the crisp sharp output of the 5DMII / 500D. All that wonderful sensor data gets scrambled into a soft lackluster sub-standard quality video.

        • Nik oN


    • 3space

      why 720p that’s HD lite… Everybody that will buy a camera for video wants 1080p.

      • funny

        Indeed. while 720p is a nice option, the last time I saw a display that could display 1080i/p was back in the days when HD was considered a novelty. welcome to 2005 nikon!

  • Ron Scubadiver

    It makes complete sense to me. There will probably be a 1/3 to 1/2 stop improvement in high ISO noise. I really do not think Nikon would release a D300 successor with more MP than the D3/D700 while those are current models (unlike Canon).

  • Nik oN


  • Talking about Canon – you guys noticed the new manual exposure control for the video of Canon 5D Mark II:

    • funny

      I saw that. canon really is taking it seriously. I’m surprised the didn’t include 24fps (yet). in the mean time, nikon is stuck doing idiotic 5 minute time limits with poor decade old codecs in 720p resolution nobody cares since like 5 years ago. As much as I dislike it, nikon was first, canon did it right.

      • Nik oN

        just wrong,the Dynamic is poor like a VGA CAMERA the lumix GH1 will blow it away in 1 month!

        • funny

          and sell like…10 copies. while canon takes the rest of the market by storm….unless nikon wakes up and fixes their poor approach to this new dimension on cameras..

          • Nik oN

            Before the 5 D mrk II Canon wasnt salin much;they had their year ;next year is Nikons sowwwy!!!

  • Nik oN

    yup it made me laugh!!!!! Its already the second upgrade they should finish theyre Camera before sallin it lolllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no dissin ADMIN you doin a real great job keep on !!

  • Nik oN

    ….and did you guy noticed ;that the nikon video mode is a spy mode !!you can film in one moove in live view mode,without turning a wheel on top.Its so great in studio when a model is undressin or changing pause!!!!!!!
    Nikon is really thinking about pro shooters and pictures lovers,I would never trade it for Lumix or other video toys in studio , the stollen moments are too precious ; in photos and videos; it should be this way on all pros camera!!

  • Nik oN

    your guys are undressin your wifes or what lolzz!!!

  • Nik oN

    Its also very usefull for undercover reports !!

  • Nik oN

    Nikon is just so pro!!

  • nikon dexter


    • Nik oN

      wait a lil more, trust mee!!!!

  • Nik oN

    If I want quality I just buy a Cinemascope* camera !!!

    • funny

      …or a canon 🙂

      • Nik oN

        canon is not pro in Fim makin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SONY and PANASONIC are ;;;bye!!

        • funny

          not for long…. 🙂

  • donde?

    Dual slot is certainly a good thing for a pro camera and the D300 is still a good camera in 2009. I don’t quite know what kind of features people are expecting in a D400. There will hardly be AF improvements, the D300 viewfinder is great, its LCD is good enough, it has lots of FPS so a D400 can only differ in the sensor… something which I doubt has already changed so much.

    A moderately priced D300s would be great. If its high priced that would be a bummer, but they probably can’t go too close to the D700 anyway.

    • Nik oN

      you wright!

  • Nik oN

    hum hum and the 100 % view is kind o cool 2 !

  • Mr_M

    If Nikon still doing this……….
    Look like they will lose the market.
    Other brand have reach unless 15MP on their entry level.
    D300s is consider DX high end camera. How come still stick will this type of sensor.
    I hope Nikon can launch atleast 15MP not 12MP.

    • funny

      MP is not something DX people are going to get much benefit from in an already crammed hopeless sensor size. They should instead concentrate on noise levels and range. maybe 14mp would be a nice final upgrade, but that’s it.

      • Nik oN

        for Nikon Dynamic is a must, for pro shooters 2.Thats why they don’t go higher ,all tests say that the new 500 D is bad for that ;and the 20 imgs ,by the way 10 or 5 min is about the same ,did you ever seen a moovie with scene of 30 min it would be a 3 scene moovie or a one scene documentary so stop talkin about things like pixels and times because It doesnt mean anything.

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