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Nikon D300 Digital SLR - Test shots - ISO performance

By Cliff Smith



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Nikon D300 Digital SLR


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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size images at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced for bandwidth purposes to let you see the full image, and a series of crops taken from original full resolution images at a range of ISO settings have been included in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.


This is the full frame taken at the extended range 100 ISO setting.


Even using a tripod and self-timer haven't eliminated camera shale from this 100 ISO shot. There is no image noise at all though.


The lowest normal range ISO setting is 200, but here too the picture quality is flawless.


No visible difference at 400 ISO.


At 800 ISO there is a tiny amount of mid-range noise, but not nearly enough to cause a problem.


Fractionally more noise at 1600 ISO, but the photo is still perfectly usable.


At 3200 ISO there is visible noise in the darker areas of the frame.


Another extended ISO range shot, this time at 6400 ISO. There is quite a lot of noise, and colour saturation is also affected.


This is the full frame at 6400 ISO.


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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