Pros Low light and high ISO
Cons Non so far Taken over 1,000 picts in 4 days
Summary I upgraded from a D200, because I was looking for a camera that can be set to auto and shoot in a dark theatre with stage lighting for our community theatre's Christmas Show. This camera is amazing. I was shooting from 60' back, and getting great shots with no flash with either my 2.8 70-200 lense or my 24-120 4.0+/-. With ISO set at 3200, I took some shots and printed them out on 11x17 with no noise. This camera is just amazing,and is worth every penny.
Pros 3200 ISO looks like 400 ISO. Stunning high res LCD, no shutter lag.
Cons live view still clumsy to use.
Summary I love this camera! 12 megapixels is 50% better than my old 8MP camera, and it looks 100% better. The shutter goes so fast you do not perceive any lag at all, 7 frames per second for real (CNET says 6- wrong), up to 100 frames. The low light capabilities are so amazing they will change the way you shoot! 3200 ISO looks no more grainy than you would expect from 400 ISO. So you will find yourself using 3200 ISO in day light for fast shutter speeds (up to 1/8000). And you will use your flash way less indoors. But when you do use your flash with these high ISOs, the flash will be stronger than you would believe. Other features I like include the ultrasonic CMOS sensor cleaning system(haven't used it yet but glad it is there), the way the 1.5X lens magnification makes my macro lens shoot 50% closer, and the way nikon has kept its controls and buttons recognizable, much like my f100 film camera. Nikon keeps the things that work well so the new camera feels familiar in one's hands. Also, the battery lasts so long! I shot a model in the studio, 120 shots with the review screen on, and the battery was only down 20%! This is an amazingly well thought-through camera with 2008 features!
"Fantastic D300"on by yesmate
Pros Colors, Active D lIghting, Fast Frame
Cons expensive expensive expensive
Summary The D300 is a greta camera.
Color saturation can be increased to make eye opening (and sometimes over the top)photos.
I like the Active D Lighting for shadows and highlight correction.
I don't agree with the reveiwer who wrote ISO 3200 is the same as ISO 400. That is simply not true. Not even on a D3. ISO 3200 is much better than on previous Nikons but don't expect to shoot at 3200 and get a crystal clear photo...not happening.
The LCD is fantastic.
You can customize the menus so you have quick access to more important features.. (you can customize the menu to include most features but not all including autofocus point selection; highly needed and a huge ommission).
The flash is great (not so much for indoor; no different from any DSLR camera)
12mp is handy for blowing up larger photos.
Definitely a long learning curve on this...not a amature SLR camera so beware!
All in all, this is a great camera; I would highly recommend.
Pros Incredible level of customization, image quality, low noise at high ISO levels, 51-points auto-focus, built like a tank
Cons Pricey, 2.5fps if shooting at 14-bit, there may be a learning curve with such an extreme set of features, live-view somewhat difficult to use
Summary Although I've been a Canon guy for a good time now, I decided to buy the D300: the experience has been amazing. The level of customization is just breathtaking (as well as the 400+ pages manual). Certainly this is not a camera for the newbies. The reward of fully reading the manual and familiarizing with the camera is a big one: total control over the quality of your images.
For a long time I prefered Canon because of a better low-light performance. I've found the Nikon D300's CMOS sensor extremely capable with high detail and well controlled noise levels even at higher ISO levels such as ISO 3200 or even a ISO 6400. Although I won't recommend to use such high sensitivities for every situation, I've found that using ISO800 most of the time is oK and even in many situation the image quality at ISO1600 is way better than what you could get with film.
The camera is built like a tank and the weather seals are great for those taking the camera to dusty or moisty environments.
I've enjoyed specially the 51 points auto focus system. Metering is extremely reliable. The viewfinder is full of valuable information, bright and with a 100% cover zone that delivers no surprises while framing.
Ergonomy is just as good as it gets. The overall feel of the camera is excellent. Although it is somewhat big and on the heavy side, it feels balanced and extremely comfortable. There are a lot of buttons that provide direct access to many features and there is -again- a lot of room for customizing controls.
Regarding image quality and control, the D300 delivers the goods big time. RAW has many flavors (compressed, lossless compressed or without any compression at all) or you may even choose TIFF. The 14-bit provides a wide dynamic range, so you can truly have a really ample space with this extra information to get the exact look you need with the RAW data. I use LightRoom for such matters and the D300 RAW files provide a lot of flexibility. I rarely use JPEGs.
Battery life is very good, even with the 3" LCD monitor. The resolution and brightness of this screen is excellent and the tempered glass is a very nice touch.
Something I don't entirely love of the D300 is the Live-view mode. I really like the live-mode of the Canon 40D and I've found it easier to use tha the D300's. The problem for me is with the auto-focus: sometimes I thought that I took the photograph when I really just performed auto-focus.
This camera is spectacular, yet the price tag is high. Yes, the value is fair, you pay top money for a top camera. A Ferrari may have a fair price for such a superb machine, but if you can't afford a Ferrari you can't afford a Ferarri. With such a price tag some enthusiasts may feel intimidated.
I think that the D300 is a good investment that won't be obsolete soon (not like compact or sub-compact's 6 months lifespan) and the resolution is good enough for big prints or extreme crops. So you can expect to use the D300 for a good time.
There are two good alternatives to the D300: the Sony Alpha 700 and the Canon 40D, but at the end of the day I think that the D300 is very probably the best semi-pro dSLR you can buy today.
"Bravo, Nikon!!"on by texasags
Pros Autofocus, metering, customization features, LCD, Image quality
Cons Nothing significant
Summary This is the best APS-C sensor camera on the market today. The only other camera that comes close is the 40D, and it lacks some of the features. If you don't need them, it is an excellent camera for the money.
Having said that, the D300 is worth every penny of the $1800 price. It has accurate metering, the best flash system on the market, the pro-level AF module from the D3, and the ability to customize almost every feature.
The large, high-resolution LCD makes it easy to check focus and exposure, even in bright sunlight.
The picture quality is amazing, especially at high ISO sensitivity. This thing is built like a tank and is a joy to operate as it has superb ergonomics. With the exception of the D3 or the Canon 1D series, I can't imagine a better DSLR. For the price, it is unbeatable.