“The D300S provides the best AF I've ever experienced. And for a camera this size, 7 frames per second is fantastic.”

  • Continuous shooting
  • Quick response
  • Scene Recognition System
  • AF system
  • Viewfinder

Continuous shooting

High-speed performance with approx. 7 frames-per-second continuous shooting using standard battery


Nikon's latest DX-format flagship camera delivers an exceptional degree of power from a remarkably agile body. The responsive, lightweight D300S enables you to shoot up to approx. 7 fps*1 without a battery pack, expanding your opportunities to capture those fleeting, decisive moments. In sports and wildlife, for example, where you pursue fast-moving subjects, it's a level of power and agility that gives you a winning advantage. The camera's large buffer memory lets you take up to 100 continuous shots. And with the optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 attached, the speed can be boosted to approx. 8 fps.*2

  1. *1Based on CIPA Guidelines. When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C) using Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure modes with a shutter speed of 1/ 250s or faster, and other settings at default. Continuous shooting speed for 14-bit NEF (RAW) is approx. 2.5 fps.
  2. *2Based on CIPA Guidelines. Approx. 8 fps requires Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 and Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, all of which are sold separately.
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Quick response

Proven readiness

Whenever you're ready, so is the D300S. Simply rotate the power switch, strategically located in front of the shutter-release button, and the camera starts up in approx. 130 milliseconds.* And with an incredible shutter time lag of approx. 49 milliseconds,* you'll be able to capture your subjects the way you want them.

* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

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Scene Recognition System

Scene Recognition System — delivers more sophisticated information for greater accuracy

Nikon's intelligent and exclusive light metering sensor applications have undergone a refining process that has led to a breakthrough technology, the Scene Recognition System. Using the precise color and brightness information from the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, Scene Recognition System pushes the accuracy levels for autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance to an unprecedented level. And in playback mode, the added Face Detection System lets you instantly zoom in on a human face in the high-resolution, 920k-dot LCD monitor.

Scene Recognition System
Enhanced AF accuracy

The Scene Recognition System enhances the accuracy of Nikon's high-speed autofocus tracking capabilities. Using color and brightness information from the subject you target with the focus point, together with focus data from the auto focus sensor, the D300S is able to trace and track your subject's path — even if it's temporarily blocked or outside the network of 51 AF points. Select any of the four dynamic-area AF options, including 51 points (3D-tracking), and the AF system continues to track your subject accurately, whether it moves toward the camera, away from you, or from side to side.
In auto-area AF mode too, the Scene Recognition System that uses distance information from a G- or D-type AF NIKKOR lens to determine the position of your main subject contributes to increased accuracy in detection of skin tones.

• Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED • Exposure: [S] mode, 1/1600 second, f/10 • White balance: Auto • Sensitivity: ISO 200 • Picture Control: Standard
©Robert Bösch

Sophisticated auto exposure with highlight analysis

Nikon's 3D color matrix metering II has long been acclaimed by discerning professionals for its superior accuracy. Combined with the Scene Recognition System, the D300S's auto exposure technology achieves a whole new level of sophistication. The system analyzes scene conditions such as brightness, contrast, selected AF area, color, subject-to-camera distance and even the reflective quality of a scene. It then compares them with an in-camera database containing information from over 30,000 actual shots to ensure incredible precision.

• Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/125 second, f/8 • White balance: Auto • Sensitivity: ISO 400 • Picture Control: Standard
©Ami Vitale

Accurate auto white balance in difficult lighting conditions

The D300S's AWB is significantly precise and reliable thanks to the light source identification information supplied by the Scene Recognition System. The D300S calculates the in-depth characteristics of the scene, cross-referencing them with 5,000 actual shot data examples from among the 20,000 images stored in the camera. This enables you to shoot with confidence, even in tricky conditions such as under mixed light sources.

• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/125 second, f/2.8 • White balance: Auto • Sensitivity: ISO 400 • Picture Control: Standard
©Ami Vitale

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AF system

51-point AF — strategically positioned AF points offer comprehensive coverage

Nikon's exclusive AF systems have been widely praised by demanding professionals for their superior accuracy and amazing speed. And the D300S's Multi-CAM 3500DX AF sensor module offers an exceptionally wide area of AF coverage. With 51 AF points densely positioned across the frame, it is designed to capture your subject accurately, even when its movement is unpredictable. Moreover, it employs 15 powerful cross-type sensors in the center of the frame to give you the ultimate in detection performance with any AF NIKKOR lens of f/5.6 or faster. You can also choose to shoot with 11 focus points.
The D300S provides three AF area modes: Dynamic-area AF, single-point AF and auto-area AF.

Dynamic-area AF modes

Dynamic-area AF modes accurately and reliably perform its duty on fast-moving subjects, allowing you to choose from 9, 21 or 51 points. When shooting with 9 AF points, for example, once you've designated an AF point for focusing your subject, your selected point and eight surrounding AF points continue to work together to track your subject. When the subject movement is less predictable, or even extremely erratic, select 21 or even the full 51 points. Opting for Nikon's innovative 51 points (3D-tracking) mode — which accurately pursues your subject by automatically shifting among focus points — is especially effective with lateral movements.

Note: In dynamic-area AF mode, only the active focus point is displayed in the viewfinder.

Single-point AF mode

Single-point AF mode is ideal for stationary subjects. Select a single AF point out of the 51 available and the D300S accurately pinpoints the focus subject in your intended composition. This is particularly effective in cases when you want to focus on your subject's eyes in a character portrait or on your main point of interest in still life photography.

Auto-area AF mode

When shooting candid photographs, simply select auto-area AF mode, compose and press the shutter-release button. The Scene Recognition System's 1,005-pixel RGB sensor uses brightness and color information to accurately analyze and identify your subject, then determine the appropriate focus points, automatically. Auto-area AF mode enables smoother focusing on an individual's face by detecting human skin tones. In addition to the scene information, the D300S makes use of distance information from a G- or D-type AF NIKKOR lens to determine the position of a human subject.

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Approx. 100% viewfinder frame coverage — another Nikon flagship advantage

Because you expect everything in your frame to count, the D300S offers approx. 100% viewfinder frame coverage. The D300S employs Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II, that ensures easier visual focus recognition in both auto- and manual focus. The viewfinder features an eyepoint of 19.5mm (at -1.0 m-1), so photographers can concentrate on capturing the right moment.

Note: Image above is for demonstration purposes only to show how indicators are displayed. (All indicators do not actually appear simultaneously.)

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