Nikon D300 review: Nikon D300

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Typical Price: $2,899.00
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4 stars

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4.5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Extensive manual features. Good quality photos on all settings. Large, clear LCD. Easy access to adjustment wheels.

The Bad Heavy and buljy. Awkward four-way jog wheel. Nikon's fish-eye lens blocks the pop-up flash.

The Bottom Line At 825 grams, the Nikon D300 is more than heavy, but if you're a keen photographer and have an eye for detail, the D300 will prove itself with great image quality shot after shot. However, first time photographers and social-snappers might find this dSLR slightly overwhelming.

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8.5 Overall

If you're looking to save money on a camera and weight-set for your home gym, then perhaps you may have found the right product in the Nikon D300. As large and bulky as this digital SLR is, one cannot just stop and stare at its size without staring at the great images it is capable of producing.

The large size of the Nikon D300 is such that one can only assume it is to house the complex internal technologies that make each image so clear. Naturally it still requires a keen eye to make a good composition, though while using one of its three Automatic modes, the D300 still appears to preference the right settings to produce a clear, crisp image. The D300 may be an expensive camera for an amateur, but it's great tool for the well experienced photographer.

Big. Don't take this the wrong way, but the D300 certainly not the kind of camera you can just slip in your handbag and whip out at a party. This camera has presence, in fact, it might have its own invitation to the party.

One advantage to the large body of this camera is the stability you can achieve hand held. Light cameras are subject to handshake, but this beast is like a shock absorber, and tends to subdue the severity of any shakes you may have when you nervously pull out a not-so-subtle camera and shove it in your friends face.

At the end of an evening of taking photos, your hand wont hurt thanks to the comfy large grip areas on the camera, but you might discover your biceps are larger than they were before you arrived.

There are two quality scroll wheels on the right hand side of the camera which are your primary controls for aperture and shutter speed. Once you get used to which direction is "increase" and which is "decrease", you will be able to operate both settings simultaneously which makes quickly adjusting your shot very efficient.

All the settings are visible in the EVF as well as on the top-side LCD display, which always shows the number of shots left in the camera even when the camera is turned off. The ISO and Image Quality control buttons are accessible on the left of the camera, which saves changing them in the internal menu.

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