Nikon D300 SLR Review

Nikon D300 Professional

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.

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Like many new dSLR models these days, the D300's 3-inch LCD also works as a Shooting Information Display. The information displayed includes shutter speed, aperture, the number of exposures remaiing, buffer capacity, AF-area mode, etc. Bascily all the same info that the data LCD can diplay. To active, press the PROTECT/INFO button on the back. To clear the screen press the button again or press the shutter release halfway.

I/O Interfaces

Nikon Professional D300

On the left side are the data I/O connectors:

On top is the Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable).

The D300 also features a HDMI connectivity (select Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p or 1080i output).

Next is the DC IN connector for the optional AC power supply.

On the bottom is the USB 2.0 data port for connection to the host computer or the optional WT-4 wireless transmitter. The USB port is PictBridge compatible for direct photo printing.

Nikon Professional D300

On the front is a is a standard flash PC sync port a well as the 10-pin remote terminal.

Image Storage

Nikon Professional D300

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 Professional D300

Nikon Approved CF cards

Nikon Professional D300

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