Nikon D300 SLR Review


Nikon D300 Professional







Camera Controls





On the front below the lens release button is the focus selector switch for Continuous AF, Single AF or Manual Focus. On the lens itself you'll find another switch for Auto and Manual focus. On Nikon's VR series of lenses you'll also find a switch to turn the Vibration Reduction feature on and off as well as the mode (Normal or Active on the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens we used).



Nikon Professional D300

Controls top left: Buttons to change the image quality, white balance and ISO sensitivity. Around the base is the shooting mode dial with positions for Single frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High, Live View, and Self-timer.

Controls top right: The combination shutter release and power switch. Turning the power switch beyond the "on" position illuminates the top data display. Press and hold the MODE button while turning the command dial to select the desired exposure mode (Program AE w/Shift, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual). Press and hold the +/- button and turn the command dial to set the desired exposure compensation value (+/- 5EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps).

Nikon Professional D300

Nikon Professional D300

The monochrome data LCD with all possible icons displayed.

It has icons that indicate: (1) Color temperature, (2) Shutter speed (along with Exposure comp, Flash comp, ISO, etc.), (3) Flash sync, (4) Flexible program, (5) Exposure mode, (6) Image size, (7) Image quality, (8) Auto-are AF (AF-area mode, 3D-tracking), (9) White balance fine-tuning, (10) White balance, (11) Number of exposures remaining, (12) "K" appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures, (13) Battery, (14) Flash mode, (15) Beep, (16) Aperture (Exposure and flash bracketing, WB bracketing, etc.), (17) Aperture stop, (18) Flash compensation, (19) Exposure compensation, (20) ISO sensitivity, (21) FV lock, (22) "Clock Not set", (23) Image comment, (24) Shooting menu bank, (25) Custom settings bank, (26) Exposure and flash bracketing, (27) Electronic analog exposure display (Bracketing progress, etc.), (28) MB-D10 battery, (29) Multiple exposure, (30) GPS connection, (31) Interval timer.



Nikon Professional D300

In front of the shutter release is the sub-command dial.





Nikon Professional D300

On the back (L to R) is the Playback button to review stored images, the DELETE button, the Metering selector knob with the AE/AF lock button in the center, the AF Start button and the Main Command Dial.




Nikon Professional D300

The optical fixed eye-level pentaprism viewfinder can be adjusted with the diopter knob on the right side, it has a range of -2.0 to +1.0 m1. There are optional rubber eyecups, magnifiers, diopter adjustment lenses and right-angle viewing attachments that can be attached to the viewfinder.

The focusing screen can be changed, the D300 is supplied with the Type B BriteView clear matte II screen. The viewfinder shows approx. 100% of the captured frame.


Nikon Professional D300

The D300's viewfinder display - the small brackets denote the 51 different focus areas. You can also see the framing grids (1), AF area brackets (3), and the battery indicator (4).

Nikon Professional D300

Across the bottom is the status line that shows: (5) Focus indicator, (6) Metering, (7) AE Lock, (8) Shutter speed, (9) Aperture value, (10) Exposure mode, (11) Flash compensation, (12) Exposure compensation, (13) ISO, (14) Number of exposures remaining (Number of shots before buffer fills, white balance recording indicator, etc.), (15) Flash-ready indicator, (16) FV lock, (17) Flash sync indicator, (18) Aperture stop indicator, (19) Electronic analog exposure display, (20) Auto ISO sensitivity indicator, (21) "K" appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures.



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