Since the Detailed Hands on Preview of Nikon D300, we’ve just been waiting…no more reviews other than informal stuff on blogs and by word of mouth.
Plenty of test pictures, but no real in-depth goodies. Until now! DCRP has come up with what we wanted, a real in-depth review of the new Nikon D300 with pictures, test shots, and a good exam of the new stuff.
The main new features of the D300 are:
- New 12.3 effective Megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- EXPEED image processing “concept”
- Continuous shooting as fast as 8 frames/second (with the optional battery grip)
- 51-point autofocus with 3D subject tracking
- Huge 3-inch LCD display with 307,000 pixels (920,000 dots) with live view support
- Dust reduction system
- Picture Control settings let you have sets of color control settings (think Picture Styles on Canon SLRs)
- Active D-Lighting lets you brighten shadows while taking photos (instead of after)
- Rugged magnesium alloy body is sealed against dust and moisture
- HDMI video output
And it’s got a scorching review beating it’s competitors in pretty much every area. The only apparent weaknesses seem so be a flimsy CF card door and a slight over-expose (might be fixed in firmware but I doubt it as it lends itself to better high ISO performance when overexposing slightly).
The images appear slightly soft straight from the camera too, but that’s normal for Nikon as they try to retain maximum detail. It looks wonderful after some careful USM (Unsharp Mask) or Smart Sharpen.
All things considered, Nikon has done a really impressive job with the D300. They made a lot of promises, and the D300 has delivered on them. It keeps up perfectly with its closest competition, the EOS-40D, and surpasses it in several areas. Whether you’re upgrading from an older Nikon SLR, or want something “nice” for your first foray into digital SLRs, then the Nikon D300 is a camera that I can highly recommend.
Read the full review here: