Nikon D300S Brief Review

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  • 12 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED image processing
  • D-Movie mode, 720p resolution, 24 frames per second
  • 3-inch Live View LCD display
  • SD/SDHC memory storage
  • Release Date: 2009-08-03
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D300S
12 megapixel CMOS sensor; Nikon EXPEED image processing; D-Movie mode, 720p resolution, 24 frames per second; 3-inch Live View LCD display; SD/SDHC memory storage
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Nikon D300S is a substantive prosumer DSLR for those craving the autofocus system of the pro line in a crop sensor format. The 12.1 megapixel sensor is getting a bit long in the tooth by now, however, and it has been partially eclipsed by the D7000's better low-light performance and video capabilities. Expect a D400 sometime in 2012.

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