Nikon D300 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Camera Controls (cont.)
The D300 features a large 3.0-inch color LCD display with 920,000 pixels that makes accessing menus and reviewing images a pleasure. The surface is scratch-resistant and Nikon supplies a clip-on transparent LCD protector.
To the left of the color LCD is the MENU button, which calls up or dismisses the menu system. The PROTECT button is used to mark images to prevent erasure, when accessing menus it is the Help/Info button. The THUMBNAIL button displays the playback index, as well as zooms out when an image is magnified. The ZOOM button is used to magnify the image when in playback mode. The OK button accepts menu selections.
To the right of the data LCD is the MULTI-SELECTOR which has 8 positions (up, down, left,
right and diagonally for selecting AF areas). It is used for menu navigation, selecting the
focus area, selecting images for playback and the mode of playback display, selecting
thumbnail images and more. The Multi-selector can also be pushed straight in to perform
another function - which is programmable.
The outer ring is for locking the Multi-Selector in capture mode to prevent accidentally changing the
selected AF area.
The AF-AREA mode selector switch lets you change between Single-area AF, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF. And the latch release for the
CF card door.
On the left side are the data I/O connectors:
On top is the Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable).
Next is the DC IN connector for the optional AC power supply.
The D300 is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II card slot, it can accomodate solid state CF flash memory cards or IBM/Hitachi
Microdrives. Nikon has approved CF cards from SanDisk and Lexar Media. The D300 alos supports UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access)
compliant. Shown here with the a spacious Kingston 16GB elite pro (133x) CF card; not the fastest of cards, but its got a TON of space.
Storage Capacity of 2GB (Sandisk Extreme III) CF Card
Nikon Approved CF cards
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