Overview
Combining innovative Nikon technologies with advanced new features and precision engineering, the D300 delivers the ultimate blend of DX-format performance.

The sheer imaging power of a new 12.3 effective-megapixel DX Format CMOS image sensor with integrated A/D converter; the precision processing and astounding speed of Nikon's original EXPEED digital image processing concept; the unprecedented focusing speed and precision of a new 51-point AF system; Nikon's innovative new Scene Recognition System for optimal autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance; the composition and focusing ease of a large new pentaprism viewfinder that provides full 100% frame coverage; an expansive 920,000-dot, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor with wide viewing angle; near-instant power-up and immediate response; all with the advantages of Nikon DX-format agility and system expandability.

Meet the new generation digital SLR camera that blends all these advanced features into one fine package — the Nikon D300.

Tech Specs

Type of CameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses
Effective Pixels12.3 million
Image SensorCMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format
Image Size (Pixels)4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
SensitivityISO 200 to 3,200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200, and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200
File FormatNEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW); TIFF (RGB); JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File SystemCompliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21
Storage MediaCompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives
Shooting Modes1) Single frame [S] mode 2) Continuous low speed [CL] mode: 1 to 7*¹ frames per second 3) Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 8 frames per second*¹, 6 frames per second*² 4) Liveview [LV] mode 5) Self-timer [ ] mode 6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode. *¹ When using AC Adaptor EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e. *² When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or faster with other settings at default)
White BalanceAuto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, white balance bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments 1~3)
LCD Monitor Size3-in.
LCD MonitorApprox. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation
Delete FunctionCard format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete
I/O TerminalNTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
InterfaceHi-Speed USB
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
ViewFinder TypeSLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-¹)
Eyepoint19.5 mm (-1.0 m-¹)
Focusing ScreenType-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal) / Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-¹
Reflex MirrorAutomatic, instant-return type
Lens ApertureInstant-return type, with Depth-of-field preview button
AutofocusTTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module; Detection -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible; Focal plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]
Focus Modes1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering SystemTTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor: 1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed); 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used); 3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Metering CouplingCombined CPU and AI
Exposure Control1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S] 3) Aperture Priority Auto [A] 4) Manual [M]
Auto Exposure LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure BracketingExposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
Maximum Shutter1/8,000
Minimum Shutter30
ShutterElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, Bulb
Sync ContactX=1/250 sec.; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 sec. (FP) adjustable with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)
Flash Control1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor. Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash; 2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens; 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S; 4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
Flash Sync Modes1) Front-curtain Sync (normal) 2) Red-eye Reduction 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync 4) Slow Sync 5) Rear-curtain Sync
Accessory ShoeISO 518 Standard hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal
Self-Timer2 to 20 seconds duration
Depth of Field Preview ButtonWhen CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
Remote ControlRemote control: via 10-pin terminal
GPSNMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Supported LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Power RequirementsOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)
Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
DimensionsApprox. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D100, Strap AN-D300, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM