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Nikon D300
Nikon D300

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon D300S.

Nikon D300

We've given the D300 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

This has since been replaced by the excellent D300s. Here's what we had to say about the original D300 when it was released in September 2007:

Nikon's D300 is meant to be a more affordable, more approachable version of its superlative D3 digital SLR, but that doesn't mean it's not a great camera in its own right. Like its big brother, the D300 supports "Live View," meaning users can preview and set-up their shots on the LCD display rather than through the viewfinder, a feature which has been rare on dSLRs until recently. Nikon's reputation for outstanding SLRs looks to be safe with the D300, and those looking to get involved with high-end or professional photography should pay special attention to this camera.


  • 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED Image Processor
  • Live View LCD display
  • JPEG, TIFF, NEF (RAW) file formats
  • Nikon F lens mount
  • 51 point auto focus
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (100 - 6400 w/boost)
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • HDMI video out
  • Compact Flash storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 9482
  • UPC: 018208254323
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2007

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Nikon D300 Reviews

Nikon D300 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
D200 not D300 (gary penir — 08/13/2009)

Accidentally wrote a review on the D300
Sorry, my review regarding the D300 should be removed, as I was commenting on my lousy D200.

  • 1.0 out of 5
complicated camera/bad service (gary penir — 08/13/2009)

Returned four times for major electronic malfunction which was never fixed entirely. Prongs of plug-ins bent very easily, as well. Rude techs, slow & inefficient service. Camera no longer works, sits in closet. Just say "no" to Nikon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Photo Pro (David Johnson — 05/31/2009)

This is my favorite camera ever and I have owned thosands of dollars worth of cameras, some honestly I deeply regret buying. The Nikon D300 does everything right!
It is also a tough and very fast and accurate camera. I actually prefer it to my big full frame DSLR's

  • 5.0 out of 5
D300 (Camera Reviewer — 02/13/2009)

Great camera, that cements Nikon as the industry leader. versatile, too many features to mention, professionals worldwide recognize the D300 as a camera that can get any job done.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Big Mack Daddy (Sarah Kelly — 02/11/2009)

This is a big mack daddy camera, my dad has one and i get to play with
it when i'm at home. It is a beauty, simple to use. And wonderful with
control and customization. Great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Decided on the D300 (Rick — 12/04/2008)

This camera is by far the best in its class. Better then the D50 in terms of noise @ high ISO and auto focus. Ergonomics are standard Nikon. Very configurable in terms of external buttons, and system menus. Choice between 12 & 14 bit RAW, TIFF. Great buffer size, sturdy construction. It also works with my SB-600 Flash wireless-ly. The list goes on.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D300 (butch morris — 12/03/2008)

Excellent picture quality. and many many more extras thats really great. I use my D300 as my lead camera, I also have a fuji S5 pro, and a fuji S2 pro as backups.the D300 is top dog.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad Service (Jack Whilden — 11/13/2008)

Had D80, D200, D300 all were returned to Nikon for service with problems, the D300 has been there for one mo. Lied to by Nikon service people. Avoid

  • 2.0 out of 5
Won't autofocus (joe — 08/25/2008)

I like Nikons, but this one is a dud—at least the one I purchased. Brand new out of the box, never would auto-focus properly. All I heard was the motor's whirring sound as the lens feebly tried to capture image. Was mated to an AF Tamron, which cost me $400. Took the outfit back to BestBuy and tried a Nikon 55-200VR and still wouldn't work right.

Gave up and got a refund and bought a Sony A700. Not only a better camera, but saved about a grand.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best ( — 08/24/2008)

I have been shooting with the D 300 for the last 3 months or so and it is the best camera I have owned by far. Every part of this camera is EXCELLENT!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Glad I waited for the Nikon D300 before deciding on purchase SLR Pro camera (Donna Molinari — 05/11/2008)

I am very pleased with the quality of the pictures. This is the best purchase I made. I bought it with a 18-200mm VR lens and I loved it when we went to Maui in December 2007 during Christmas. The pictures came out great (still learning how to use the camera). I just purchased the 12-24mm wide-angle lens for more landscape sea coast pictures. I can't wait to try it out at Pacific Grove CA. It is the greatest camera ever. I have owned a Nikon F2 since 1975 and this camera is still in good shape too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (JOHN from Upstate NY — 03/02/2008)

The D 300 takes Pix's like I have never seen, I had a D 70's Nikon before I went to the D 300, and the D 300 compared to my buddys D 80 and my old D 70's, is like driving a 1940 Ford to a 2008 Cadillac. Now I know why it was named the 2008 Camera of the year.
If U buy this camera U won't be sorry and its worth every penny!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great start, great expectations (Doug Hart — 12/11/2007)

Got it last weekend, and have had little time to shoot and play but it was as easy as the D200 to tweak the settings to my customized needs, and I start using it this week for Christmas shots on a tripod, will advise of results, but the test shots so far are fabulous.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera...Excellent performance! (radswim — 11/27/2007)

I have no Idea how this camera only gets a C+!! I had the oportunity to test this camera out in all kinds of settings from indoor to action, I even had a portrait session. I shoot the Canon 40D and I love it. The Nikon D300 could probably get my vote for better than my Canon 40D. The feel of the camera as well as the ease of use, amazing! The photo output is stunning!! The features, well all I can say is that Nikon has done it again!! I used to shoot Nikon and I swithched to Canon, I may be shooting 2 platforms! Take a look at the Nikon D300, try it out and see for yourself. Good luck...You won't be disappointed with this great camera, had I waited a few more weeks I probably would have bought this camera instead of the Canon!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera I own (Brian — 11/27/2007)

I upgraded from my D70s. And so far I love the D300.