cameras

Nikon D300S Digital Camera Review

We can't see any reason to recommend the D300s based on its video performance or features.

$1,699.95
Advertisement

Introduction

Like Rip Van Winkle, Nikon arose from a 2 1/2 year slumber, took a look at Canon and Sony, and tacked some catchy features from the D90 onto the aging D300. As you might have inferred from its model name, the $1700 Nikon D300S is a relaunch of the 3-year-old D300, with a few modern upgrades.

At the same price as the Canon 7D, Nikon delivers its usual mediocre 720p video, where Canon kicks it up to 1080p, at 30 frames per second. Performance like this is why Canon has a pro video following Nikon can only dream of.

Hardcore Nikon shooters won't be disappointed by this camera. You'll still have access to Nikon's amazing collection of lenses. The D300S is tough and weather-sealed—you could whack a rhino with this camera and it wouldn't break. And it's heavy enough to do some damage.

The D300S color and noise performances are outstanding. The autofocus system is familiar, but we see no reason to mess with success. The camera does offer a new 7fps burst, and the addition of dual memory card slots is a welcome change. The camera might be worth the investment if you're a pro on a budget or a demanding amateur, but we were hoping to see more innovation. Otherwise, you're essentially buying the S-less D300 from three years ago.

If you don't want to read through our complete, lab-tested review, feel free to skip to our sample photos, product tour, or other sections below. There's also no shame in jumping straight to the conclusion for spoilers.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Hardware
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Video Features
  21. Specs & Ratings

Reviewed.com In Your Inbox

Sign up to get the latest news and reviews via email

Thanks for signing up!

Nikon d300s 108495

Get the Nikon D300S

Buy at Amazon

News and Features

Leica Ditches the Red Dot With New Digital Leica M-P

Leica's new flagship rangefinder gets an extra 1GB of memory—for $1,000 more.

A5100hero

Performance Meets Price In Sony's New A5100

NEX is dead. Long live Alpha!

Sigmahero

Sigma Art 60mm f2.8 DN Sample Gallery

We took Sigma's Micro Four Thirds lens out for a test drive. Here's what we shot.

Pentax q s1 hero

Ricoh Focuses on the Little Things With the Pentax Q-S1

Not much has changed, but Ricoh's new Q-series cam once again comes in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Dangerkids 2

Sample Gallery: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 at Vans Warped Tour

Sigma brings unmatched speed to a wide angle zoom.

Screen shot 2014 07 29 at 3.10.48 pm

New Sites Help You Avoid Wimpy Hotel WiFi

Hitting the road? These sites help you get online without headaches.

Hero

Sony Takes Wraps Off Two New Cyber-shots and a New Action Cam

Expanding the Cyber-shot family by two, Sony announces several new compact cameras.

Canon powershot sx400 is announcement hero

Canon Announces Two New Superzooms for Fall 2014

Updating its line of SX-series cameras, Canon shoots to capture new photographers.

Hero fuji roadmap

Fujifilm's 2015 Lens Plans Include New 90mm f/2.0 XF Prime

Own a Fuji mirrorless camera? Prepare your wallet for new lenses.