• SB-300
  • SB-300: angle1
  • SB-300: angle2

Key Features

Bouncing the light for beautiful indoor images

Pictures can appear very different and achieve various expressions depending on how you manipulate the light. But lighting a shot is not at all difficult with the SB-300 Speedlight. Its flash head can be set up to 120 degrees upward allowing you to bounce light off ceiling or wall to endow a softer, more natural look to your subject. You can easily control the lighting to capture a beautiful indoor portrait creatively.

Compact and lightweight design for great portability

With its compact and lightweight design, comfortable portability is ensured even when attached to a camera. The SB-300 is certain to expand your enjoyment of shooting pictures in a variety of scenes.


Easy operation even for novices

Attach the SB-300 to a camera supporting Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) or a COOLPIX model supporting i-TTL flash control, and switch the power on. This is all you have to do to enjoy flash photography. Thanks to Nikon's highly accurate i-TTL flash, the amount of light output is automatically and appropriately controlled, achieving high-quality flash shots reliably.

  • *Advanced Wireless Lighting is not supported.

Compatible with readily available AAA-size batteries

The SB-300 uses two AAA-size alkaline or NiMH batteries which are readily available anywhere, so you'll never run out of power.


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Electronic construction

Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry

Guide number (20°C/68°F)

18/59 (ISO 100, m/ft)

Angle of coverage

Covers angle of view of 27 mm lens (FX format) or 18 mm lens (DX format)

Effective flash range (i-TTL)

0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 66 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity, bounce angle, and aperture

Options available using camera controls

  • Flash control mode: i-TTL, manual

  • Flash mode: Fill flash (front-curtain sync), front-curtain with slow sync, rear- curtain sync, and rear-curtain with slow sync

Bounce angle

Flash rotates vertically up to 120° with stops where the flash is pointing directly ahead and at 60°, 75°, 90°, and 120°

Device on/off

Power switch used to turn SB-300 on and off

Power source

Two AAA alkaline or NiMH batteries

Flash-ready light

  • Charging complete: Lights

  • Warning: Blinks

Flash duration

Lights for about 1/1650 s when fired at full power

Batter endurance and flash recycling time*1

Battery type

Minimum recycling time*2

Endurance*3/recycling time*2


Approx. 4.0 s

70 or more uses/4.0-30 s


Approx. 3.5 s

110 or more uses/3.5-30 s

Mounting foot lock lever

Locking pin prevents accidental detachment

Other options

Thermal cut-out, firmware update*4

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm (2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 in.)


  • Approx. 120 g (4.2 oz), including two AAA alkaline batteries

  • Approx. 97 g (3.4 oz), body only

Supplied accessories

Soft Case SS-DC1

  • *1Figures are for fresh batteries; actual results may vary with performance and other factors even among batteries of identical ages and makes.
  • *2Time between flash firing at full power and flash-ready light illuminating when flash is fired once every 30 s.
  • *3Number of times flash can be fired at full power with flash-ready light illuminating within 30 s.
  • *4Firmware can be updated from camera.