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Nikon D300 Digital SLR - Test shots - Detail and contrast

By Cliff Smith



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Nikon D300 Digital SLR


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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's my usual DSLR test shot of Sidmouth sea front. You can click on the image to view the full-res photo, or see the crop below. This shot was taken using the AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 ED lens, and is processed from a 12-bit RAW shot using Photoshop CS3.


If you compare this with various 10MP DSLRs you'll see there isn't a a huge advantage to 12 megapixels. However a more telling comparison is to the Sony Alpha A700.


This was shot with the D-Lighting function turned off.


This was shot with the D-Lighting set to standard.


This was taken with the D-Lighting set to maximum. As you can see it has rescued a lot of shadow detail while maintaining the highlights.


Sabyasachi Bose

July 18, 2008, 1:42 pm

Don't you think shutter noise is too much considering the other aspects of the camera and the terget users? Some times 'red' tends to bleed in vivid mode. focus braket indication doesn't move on top LCD in single focus mode. Else this one is a gem!


February 7, 2009, 7:23 pm

I WISH i had money to buy this dream cam...someone in FLICKR has taken bird's photo which is my desktop background...the picture is amazing with even the faint hairthin cobweb is visible clearly.seeing is believeling...DIFFICULT to better nikon d300 in picture quality.


July 13, 2009, 3:15 pm

Hi Cliff

I have been considering going from my K20D to the Nikon D300, particularly due to the faster AF locking and it seems the D300 has a slightly better noise control than the K20. Another aspect about the K20D that is really bad is the shutter release noise which is absolutely horrendous. I know the K7 is much softer and has a few more features that are better than the K20 but the AF systems basically it seems is not as good and fast as the Nikon D300.

But what I was wondering reading your review and the image at ISO 100 is why still the shake on the image even though you used mirror lock up and a tripod.

I have been also in split mind between the D300 and the D700 for its FF feature, been debating on this for days now so if anyone has any advice or recommendations please let me know, I will be much appreciated.




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