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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  • jon

    haha..and everyone already sold his/hers d300 for $900 just to buy d300s at $2000 msrp with video recording which may / may not be needed…

    • Quash

      Uh, if someone has a D900 for sale for $900, I’ll take it. 🙂

      • jon

        haha..sometimes you can find on ebay at $900for just body, charger, and battery with 5k shutter count..but gotta act fast..

  • Quash

    If this is true, it sounds like Nikon was not within the target of a fall 2009 release for the D400 and now needs to rush an update to market to compete with the upcoming Canon’s 60D. They would also need to do the same with the D700 to compete with the 5D Mk11. Nikon can’t sit on their hands and let Canon release these products and not compete head to head with them immediately. So, time is of the essence.

    If it has dual card slots, that sounds like they may be releasing what would be ready for a D400 release ahead of schedule but leaving the new features that aren’t ready off the table (sensor; processor).

    But, 720p???? you can’t be serious. That would be lame. Means that they don’t have a new processor ready to go. Why not just put in two of the current processors and work with that. If they don’t release 1080p they’ll get nailed in reviews, especially if there are no real picture IQ improvements. I would just buy a 5000D and wait it out a couple of years.

    Canon, on the other hand, is moving hard and fast on this. They realize that video sells dslrs and with the economy the way it is right now, the name of the game is simply holding on to your market share and riding out the storm. I can’t wait until this whole video thing settles down in a couple of years and they can get back to the real meat and potatoes: taking great pictures.

    Nice going, NR Admin. By the way, we need to come up with a better name for you. 🙂 Why don’t you pick some new names for yourself, solicit suggestions from others and then run a poll. 🙂

    • Nik oN

      Wrong Canon is stucked with the APSc also ,see the 20 imgs and mono;the only point you have is that the new 50 D or succesor will be probably great and for sure greater than the 5 D ;Im probably goin to get it as an Urban shooter !!!!because I also like Canon when they are not makin to much money out of existing technology they still from others.

    • I like my name 🙂

  • Yama

    WTFFFFF? so is this what I’ve been waiting for for half a year after the release of 5D mark II ?! Not even 1080p?! If this piece of equipment sells more than 1.5k, I’ll either switch to Canon or just stick with my D90, which does the same thing, just $600 cheaper in a crappier housing.

    • Nik oN

      No ; D 300s would be under level off course waitt the next FX in September maybe or >November better!You think that sony is not preparing a magic sensor that film like Pros sony film Camera;you wrong .Wait mister and you will have a Camera that will last 5 years at least before any brand on the market topped it. the Canon s are “obsolette” in 3 month that means 1 year for 3000 + bucks its robery exept if you re a real pro and you dont pay Cameras!!

    • Nik oN

      D 90 is better than the 5 D men did you ever try to shoot with a 5 D looks like an Antiks lol!!!

  • Nik oN

    My only choice is the 1 D or the 50 d last year!!!but its out of pros demand now exept for paparazzi and studios , you dont shoot batts or birds flying with the 5D and don:t tell me that you seen one on a F1 race;thank you.

    • Nik oN

      …or in the public !!

      • Nik oN

        …or in the bag !!! for After the Race .

  • Nik oN

    And for studios at the same price ;you got a midle format like haselblad or leaf or Mamya ;and soon in september,I hope Leica S2 35 mpx!!!!!! new pentax also not the K7 the midle format etc…its the begining of a new generation guys its goin to be great!!!! trust me!!!

    • Nik oN

      used off course!!! but still better for the use!!

  • dude

    no sign of improvement over the Liveview.. disappointed.

  • Nik oN

    I agree with that that s why I have a Lumix 2 for macro shooting in grass or eazy spy shots!!!

  • Nik oN

    Live view is a trick its so difficult to get a good one , for me the first between Nikon and Canon that will get a really good live view,better than the D 5000 please,will be the Champ!!

  • Patch28

    Someone delete Nik oN’s posts already. He’s a troll with poor grammar and nothing to contribute.

    • Nik oN

      And you are the Ghost of Cartier bresson ,If you know him lol!!

    • Yes, I just deleted 3 posts. This is first strike Nik oN – two more and you are out. No reason for offensive language here.

      • Nik oN

        OK ;but I think before my F word some people came to diss the best brand in the world and try to say that I m a trooll §§I m an Elf and I speak 4 languages so ,and If you dont like what I m sayin I m leavin myself!!!

    • Max

      Yeah eh!

  • Nik oN

    Maybe the next E3, but I hope they get out of the 4_3 for a next pro SLR cause like APSC its gettin smaller and smaller and its not good Nikon is the only Brand that is Honest with that point instead of leting people dream with numbers!!!!

  • No way Nikon is going to humiliate themselves with 720p HD. If they do that, Canon will win over a lot of shooters.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t trust it, CF and SD is not the same, and nikon will not make their D3/D3x have no market, although many things that I don’t trust really have =.=

  • eh??

    i vote fake for this one because –

    1) 20 minutes movie isn’t possible because that’s like doing a 20 minutes exposure = sensor gets hot = noisy movies

    2) no difference in body measurements when adding SD card

    3) no room for SD card on the side because that’s where the battery is

    4) 7 FPS without additional power isn’t possible (do we know any DSLR’s without built-in grip or battery pack attachment that can do 7 FPS? nope)

    5) improved noise performance? my ass, i can work with ISO 3200 and 6400 and still make great print enlargements with nice and realistic grain… noise performance is what everybody is after and 98% of “everybody” never make prints… just for flickr and pixelpeeling

    • Peter

      Well, the D300 + D700 can do roughly 7-8 FPS without the grip 😉

    • Nik oN

      damn right!!!

  • Interesting how 27 readers don’t want me to post this again – this is the best rumor I got this month…

    • Nik oN

      I think so 2!!

    • Patch28

      You may be encountering the issue of people voting it down not because they think it is incorrect, but because they do not like the content of the post and what it means. Just because one does not like something does not make it untrue.

      • Nik oN

        is it democratic ??

      • Nik oN

        I m sure people like ,polemics about cameras wars thats why this posts are so popular!! I think.

    • Henry Nikon Fan

      This is a great rumor. I may not like what it says, but you are correct it is one of the better rumors lately.

      Keep them coming!

  • Nik oN

    I think Canonist start to understand lol!!!

  • fan

    exactly what I would not consider to buy. Expected much more!!!!!!!!

  • Nik oN

    why people always want enemys instead of friends? go out and shoot ,you re wasting your eyes bubye!!ful;ls!!!

  • King of Swaziland

    Way to phone it in, Nikon…

    Apparently (if this is true) they have decided to drop out of the race, no sensor update, lame HD video, no swivel screen, no wow! feature updates…

    • Nik oN

      “the wow “is not Nikon philosophy , gettin new products without loosing any features in their cameras, that the Nikon philosophy, that means that no way Nikon is going to come out with a SLR, even in midle range,that looses some reactivity or speed that what pros are askin for ,why havin 24 mpx and video capabilitys with a lost of quickness and capabilities. It willl topp any 500 D or 50 D succesor because of that, you can not denied that!!!!!!wait the next FX again to compare with the 5 D that is so slow and expensive ;I love nikon for that and will always do!

  • Juergen.

    Doesn’t sound vey likely to me – it would be a very incremental improvement only.

  • Anonymous


    I like these specs. I always prefer updated versions of cameras. Now, if Nikon comes up with the AFS 300/f4 VR or AFS 80-400/VR, i’ll be very happy.

    • Nik oN

      you dont like the 300 mm vr f 2.8 ????

      • Anonymous

        Yes, i do, but i’m looking for a lighter walk-a-round lens

        • Nik oN

          70 -300 vr 3,5/ 5,6

    • Having a D300 already, I’m not that interested in a D300s, unless it has a noticable improvement in IQ and/or high ISO functionality over the current D300. What I am mostly hoping for are new lenses that may appear at the same time as the D300s. the two you name are high on my list!

  • Henry Nikon Fan

    If it is true I will not need one. In a way I hope it is true so I can skip a generation. I currently own a D300 and have no interest in video. I would like to have dual memory card ability, but I do not really have to have that.

    I will try and wait for the next generation and hope it is a full frame at a reasonable price. I can hope anyway.

    • Nik oN

      Ahh one intelligent guy, why buyin a high level DX when FX is going to replace it in 2 or 3 years ;they re finishing this sensor guys!!!!!!!!!!

  • NikoDoby

    Why not just call it the Nikon D301? I don’t like the “S” nomenclature. Confuses people when your typing about more than one D300, not a single D300s. If true then I like the dual memory slots but just a D300 with movie mode doesn’t convince me. Looks like my poor D70 will have to keep working for another year and a half. 150,000 shutter clicks here I come!

    • You prefer a D70 over a D300? You’re missing out.

  • Nau

    dislike and do not post again is 2 different things …
    I dislike the news (coz I was expecting something better)
    don’t post again … why would u even have this option since its a rumor website and anything (that u think is possible) is valid

    • We had a long discussion on this topic – I just want to get a general feedback on the quality of the posts, this is why I combined “like” with “post again”. If the button is labeled only “like”, readers may grade the actual news/rumor and not the helpfulness of the post.

      • Nau

        fair enf will ‘like’ all of thm now : )
        Its not like u have 100 posts per day traffic and some of it is really cr/\p

        keep it up

  • Daniel

    The post corresponds to the kind of info that should appear in your site. Congrats! Don’t worry too much about the negative feedbacks. There is always some background/noise in a poll and you can estimate it from the negative feedbacks to this and similar posts. For the rest, D300s follows the Nikon trend… well, well, well.. It was a refurbished D300 after all!!! A pity.

  • ChrisL

    I think this is fake. Reason being, the D90 has a different sensor to the D300; it has video readout, anti-dust, slightly smaller viewfinder coverage. So I would have expected changes in viewfinder coverage, and mention of dust removal feature.

    Changing sensor in the D300 while keeping the resolution the same, would mean using the D90 sensor (which might make sense and help trim costs) but, if going to the effort and expense of doing that, I would have expected more of a change. Something that improves visual quality as well as adding video. In other words, something that gives existing D300 owners some reason to upgrade.

  • Dave

    Please for the love of everything sacred don’t let this be it.

    This just smells of a marketing decision. That or they are having difficulty overcoming some issues with a higher MP sensor. Perhaps they just can’t squeeze the noise out of the higher ISOs on the Sony 14.2 MP sensor like they did on the D300 and D90. So, they make a few minor changes to the body of the D300, close down the production line, do a little retooling and voila!, new camera!

    A lot of folks who were on the fence between the D90 and what follows the D300 have just opted for the D90.

    • Dave

      And by marketing decision, I mean someone in marketing says, “oh wait, if we announce the D400 now, we won’t have anything for the beginning of next year. So lets do the D300s thing to milk money out of them now and then the D400 later to milk even more money out of them.”

      Meanwhile, Canon and Sony have won the MP race and Nikon can only hang it’s hat on high ISO performance.

      • Nik oN

        heeuuuu!!Do you know there is the D3X ,it is the first Reflex to goes 24 mpx after Sony Canon is third sorry!!

        • dave

          Correct, I should have added that I was talking about the $1k to $2k market segment. Touting Nikon’s $8k D3X for MP, while technically true, is like the Russian Tourism board highlighting trips to the International Space Station as a unique destination you might want to try. Sure they offer it, but both are prohibitively expensive for those of us who are considering the follow-on to the D300 as their next purchase.

      • Dragos

        Well, as a Canon shooter I was really disappointed with the 50D, precisely because of the too high MP count, which made it worse than the 40D in high ISO and DR respect. The only real reason to upgrade from the 40D for me would be micro-lens AF adjustment. If they offered a 40Ds, adding just that feature (OK, maybe also the new LCD screen), I am sure that Canon could sell such a camera for more (and many more units) than the current 50D. So I would not blame at all Nikon for staying in the 12 MP zone, and would hope that they improve DR and high-ISO performance. That would hopefully make Canon re-think their own strategy and I would benefit from that 🙂

        • We need to post your comments at the top so all of the MP freaks can (hopefully) absorb some of your words.

  • Anonymous

    This is the final straw for me, canon here I come!

    • Nik oN

      are you plainin havin one or 2 lenses lol,lol lol lol lol lol ;and you are changing evry 6 month your camera you must be really rich or really dumb!!!!

    • Good bye! Just means more lenses for us 😀

  • Joe

    It does make sense to me for Nikon to release a D300s especially to keep R&D cost low.
    14bit vs 12bit without dropping fps – Their D700 already does that.
    Maybe include a larger buffer.
    How about a even bigger viewfinder(or with higher magnification).
    Give us 6 more cross type AF points – probably not
    More touch up options just like D90
    Video mode
    Maybe Expeed 2 for better noise.

    and hopefully they provide a firmware upgrade for current D300 for a way to quickly turn AUTO ISO on/off.

  • If this is it, I’m really DISSAPOINTED!!. I wouldn’t even upgrade from a D200 for this marginal “improvement”, let alone a D300. Guess I’ll wait a little longer or just get the D700…

    • Nik oN

      Thats what I m going to do the D 700 just make love to any Canon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nice improvements.

    This spec makes sense for the D300s. You guys expect too much from the already outstanding Nikon D300 camera.
    The dual card slots is an excellent feature that has many useful applications.
    The image quality, the new EXPEED, etc. should show an even better handling of image quality and usage.

    The improvements added (video especially) will attract many new buyers. The new Pentax K7 shows that if Nikon would avoid adding video, they would lose many sales to competitors.

    Nikon should surely put on their best models (D300, D700, D3, even D3X) at least the following: 720p and 1080p at different frame rates: 24 fps, 30 fps and 60 fps.
    On the other lower models, they should put 720p at at least two different frame rates: 24 fps and 30 fps.

    So, I say to those who complain, stop complaining when Nikon improves an already outstanding camera!!!

    Hoping to see many improvements of this kind coming for the D700 update.

    • All hail the sensible ones! Glad to see there are a few out there.

  • Waterboy

    Someone sure spent a lot of time and effort typing the description/specs on the RUMORS page for there not to be some validity to it.

  • getanalogue

    folks, Nikon would never allow a DX camera to be better than their top-of-line FX sensor cameras (D700 and D3 at 12 something MP’s). They want you to migrate to FX if you’re a pro or enthusiast. In my opinion, it makes sense but leaves me discouraged. Will keep my D90 and go for Leica S2 or a Hassi (same price tag as D3x). Farewell Nikon, but will still love my Bentley F4 and buy some Zeiss lenses for it.

  • I say the D300s is just like how Nikon has been branding their other models.

    Seriously in spite of the megapixels, not everyone prints their photos in this big file size. But nevertheless if this is really is true, the part where they have SD card slots is really cool for those upgrading from D40(x)/D60 to a D300s

  • Anonymous

    Sounds very plausible to me, because this is the only explanation, why sweden does not sell the D300 any more. If a D400 would be announced with a bunch of totally new features there would be no reason not to sell the D300 for a couple of month in parallel!

  • Anonymous

    Ok, that leaves one question and that is when will it be announced????.

  • Brett

    This rumor is BS.

  • Trevor

    1. If it was true, “x” would be a more likely the “s”.
    2. 7fps… sounds a lot… Not sure Nikon will have this feature to compete with the D700 (and yes I know the D700 is full frame), and plus I would think Nikon would like to sell more of the ultra extensive MBD10, so adding this feature will reduce sales of teh grip.
    3. In my opinion, this could be a very smart move for Nikon, if it is true… and could be Nikon is buying time to finalise or spend more time developing the super-D400, until the recession is over… So, far most of the existing technology is available, and adding just a video feature to keep most customers happy, sounds very logical. And they have done this in the past, by releasing an inbetween nmodel, so why not this time… considering that sales slowed down and revising a semi-upgrade, will help it get the ball rolling again…


  • heartyfisher

    At first It thought … rubbish!.

    But .. this would explain the drying up of the D300 supplies.
    It does sound like what Nikon would do.

    and sigh … bad news for us guys waiting for D400. oh well .. I get to save up a little longer .. or spend on some nice glass..

  • getanalogue

    see this old post:
    seems to me much more likely specs. and having read all these threads/rumors/comments about a future D400, i think nikon needs this camera and not a D300plus (whatsoever). if they are going to launch this D300s, they would become completely crazy. new business needs innovation, not 2005’s tech plus a poorly designed gimmick.

  • shivas

    I think this is a smart move for nikon, it’s a subtle upgrade, this will drop prices of the D300 (in the used market), and it could, like the D90 did, offer a subtle revision to the sensor so that we have better higher ISO performance. . . .the dual slots are a plus as well, and if they sell it for $1699 and drop the price of the D300 to $1299, this will be AWESOME!!

    • RThomas

      I agree. I would buy this camera (I’m a D300 user now and I would like a second body).

  • Phoggy

    I might consider buying this one since I always LOVED the D300, but when the video feature came out I was interested in that too only as a spur-of-the-moment ability for the camera when stills don’t do it justice. I still would probably buy the D90 over this, though as an upgrade over D40. If you are only a hobbyist, this D300s is more than you would ever need, especially if the video function isn’t any better. I don’t think most professionals would care about the video add-on. If I had the choice, and I was doing it only for professional work, I’d probably stick with the D300 only. This might not be a big seller. I’m sort of disappointed. Are you sure they won’t still be releasing a D400 (or some other name) sometime in the future?

  • bill

    This is bullocks.

  • Roger

    If the D300s is priced to fit into the D200 slot in the line up and a D400 comes in to fill the space of the current D300, it sounds good.

  • rwpl

    If this turn out to be true and we will see d300s I will be really happy. Why? Because it will probably come with some sensor improvements,
    they will probably correct all the little problems with AF and some other stuff spotted over the last 1.5 carrier of d300. On top of that there will me
    a movie option which I think is a good thing for people who will use their d300s to document their travels ( like me ).
    I would be more the happy to buy it…. BUT unfortunately I’m a bit worried that they will come up with a stupid price ( more then d300
    less then d700 – instead of selling out d300 and putting its price tag onto d300s ).

    Besides why do you complain. D70s came out to substitute D70 – Was it a major improvement? NO! But I was a bit better then D70 – a already quite good camera at that time. People welcomed the upgrade with a big smile on their face.

    I think all of you should chill out a bit. This tech-rush is not making our pictures better!

  • rwpl

    one more thing – PLEASE NIKON don’t put more then 12 MPX in a DX camera – PLEAAAASE – I will consider giving a foot massage to all the managers for that! 😉

  • Andrew

    NR Admin, how did you determine the 65% rating? How was that determined?

    • not 65% -> 85% – based on a special, secret, patented formula 🙂
      Actually I am ready to raise the rating. This will be it folks! Now, I will not be surprised if Nikon pulls the same trick with the D700 and we see a D700s this year… or maybe together with the D300s? Anyway I started receiving some unconfirmed tips about a possible release in June (for the D300s).

  • Eskimo_Nikonian

    This is awesome actually! I am a photojournalist who also shoots video for a lot of my stories. Currently, I shoot with a 24-70mm Nikkor on my D300 and a 70-200mm Nikkor on my D200. I have been looking to replace the D200 with the D400 and was hoping for video capability that would supplement my Panasonic HMC-150 when I opt for decreased DOF for artistic effect. The HMC-150 would be used for all interviews which run longer than 20 minutes often, using the D400 for dramatic b-roll. I was not, however, looking forward to a D400 with 14-16 megapixels which would reduce high ISO performance and increase processing time in Capture NX2. You don’t get a free lunch with megapixels and newspaper/Web photojournalists don’t need that many megapixels. Keeping the D300s at 12 megapixels would be great. 720P is also great as that is normally what I shoot in my HMC150 as it is easier to scale for web playback, which is what I need. The dual card facility would be a boon, allowing me to use the Class 6 16GB SDHC cards I use with my HMC150.
    If I were king for a day, Nikon would make a D300H, using an 8 megapixel sensor shooting at 9 fps with a 720 30/24p facility. With 8 micron pixel sites, this would be THE tool for photojournalists who need to shoot video, with high ISO performance comparable to a D3/D700 while having that nice crop factor that gives my 70-200mm a deeper reach.

    • CE

      Is this guy up here for real, or is this Nikon viral advertising?

      • Eskimo_Nikonian

        I am for real. I am a photojournalist in Alaska who doesn’t buy the marketing hype of Sony and Canon who tells us they need to perpetually cram more pixels on a finite sized chip.
        The fact of the matter is, I love my D300, hate my D200, and want a replacement for the D200 that a. doesn’t lose low-light sensitivity over the D300 and b. doesn’t take up more room on my CF cards or require longer times to process in Capture NX2.
        If Nikon comes out with a Nikon D400 with 16-18 megapixels, count me out, NIkon would be no different than the rest of the marketing driven companies. I would buy another D300 before they are sold out.
        I drive a Subaru because I like Subaru.
        I use a Mac because I like Macs.
        I shoot Nikon because I like Nikon.
        It’s not rocket science.

  • David

    you need to mark the Q (quiet shutter-release) as red also. That is a new feature for the D300.

    • The Auto setting for D-Lighting is also new for the D300 (D90 already had it).

  • Jeff

    does anyone else hat Nik On for spamming in a 3 year old voice with heavily opinionated and not well substantiated crap?

  • Anonymous

    When will they announce it?. At the Australian PMA next month?. If they do, i hope they also announce the AFS 300/f4 VR.

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