|1. A handy AF-area mode selector makes it easy to switch between Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF. 2. The D300S features the same 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor as the high-end pro Nikon DSLRs. 3. Dual slots for CompactFlash and SD memory cards.
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,599
Nikon made a really good thing even better when it created the D300S by adding a number of useful new features to its very popular 12.3-megapixel D300 model. A more powerful EXPEED processing system improves image quality and performance, along with making some of the new features possible.
One of those features is D-Movie HD video. You can shoot 720 HD video at 24 fps as with the D90 and D5000, but the D300S provides contrast-detect AF during shooting, as well as a new external microphone jack, allowing for both off-camera sound recording and stereo sound. And you can shoot your movies with the wide range of excellent Nikkor lenses available for the D300S.
The D300S offers the same AF features as the top pro Nikons: There are 51 AF points, and you can choose any single one, let the camera select one or engage 9-, 21- or 51-point Dynamic Area AF for moving subjects. With 51-point 3D tracking, the camera even uses color data to help track the subject.
Like the D300, the D300S provides two Live View modes. Handheld mode uses the same quick phase-detection AF system employed for normal shooting; and Tripod mode, with contrast-based AF from anywhere in the image, is ideal for still subjects like landscapes.
You can save still images and video clips on CF or SD/SDHC cards. As the upgrade to the original D300, the D300S shares a 12.3-megapixel sensor (but with even better image quality) and ISO settings from 200-3200 (expandable to 100 and 6400). There’s also 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II (plus variable center-weighted and 2% spot metering) housed in this rugged body with good sealing and a 150,000-cycle shutter. The D300S has a focusing motor in-body, so it provides autofocusing with all AF Nikkor lenses, not just the AF-S lenses (the AF-S lenses do provide better AF performance).