Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nikon D300

Review by Shawn Barnett, Dave Etchells, and Siegfried Weidelich

August 23, 2007 was a very good day for Nikon fans. For those who held onto their Nikon gear while others defected to other brands, their day had come. Though Nikon had long since re-established its prominence in the digital SLR market, the announcements of the D3 and D300 took the battle to a new level. If the D80, D40, and D40x were shots across the bow of their largest competitor, the D3 and D300 were broadsides, point-blank.

Both the D3 and D300 are pro-grade cameras, and share many of the same revolutionary features. While the D3 breaks new ground for Nikon with a full-frame sensor (called FX) at 12.1 megapixels, the D300 nearly matches that resolution at the old DX-size recording a 12.3 megapixel image with a 1.5x crop factor. They share so many features, we've come to think of the D300 as the build-it-yourself Nikon D3. You can almost achieve the D3's performance by adding accessories to the D300; all but the larger frame size.