D300s DSLR

Nikon's other DSLR launched today is the D300s, an upgrade of the successful D300 launched early last year. It features the same tough environmentally sealed magnesium-alloy body, the same 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and the same 51-point Multi-CAM3500DX autofocus system as the D300. It also has the same superb 920k 3.0-inch LCD monitor with twin-mode live view.

The new features that set the D300s apart from its predecessor are slightly improved continuous mode performance (7fps versus 6fps), a faster start-up time and more importantly the addition of HD video recording with stereo audio, which is fast becoming a must-have feature for new high-spec DSLRs. It can shoot at 1280 x 720 resolution at 24fps, and there is the option to connect an external microphone for better audio quality. The D300s also features an HDMI output socket for connection to a HD TV.

The D300s goes on sale at the end of August, priced at £1499.99 body only.



July 30, 2009, 7:18 pm

Wait! Am I the only one getting super confused by the Nikon numbering scheme? So the D300s is obviously a semi-pro level camera, given its price, but how does the D3000 fit in with the D40-60-80-90 series?

James Reckitt

July 30, 2009, 9:09 pm

@John - Well to me it looks like more of a replacement to the D60 than anything, as the D60 doesn't feature the {fancy} 11 point tracking AF system.

Maybe Nikon's "done a Microsoft" and has made it deliberately bad... Only a nice review will see! :D


July 30, 2009, 10:17 pm

@ John - It works out like this: The D40 has been discontinued :(. The D3000 replaces the D60 as the entry level, D5000 goes inbetween D3000 and D90, to fight the beefed up in specs Canon 450-500D. D90 - Enthusiast, D300s - Semi Pro, D700 up - Pro.

P.S Cliff, the Nikon 18-200mm pic is of the old lens!


July 30, 2009, 10:46 pm

As of now the lineup is D3000, D5000, D90, D300 - everything else is being phased out.

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