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Monday, October 8, 2007

The Best D-SLRs Get Better

In this year's most significant camera announcements for professional photographers, Canon and Nikon both have announced a pair of new D-SLRs


A new DX-format CMOS sensor features 12.3 megapixels and has an integrated A/D converter with your choice of 12- or 14-bit conversion. Internal processing is 16-bit.

• Normal ISO range is 200-3200, with up to ISO 100-6400 possible
via expansion.

• The D300 can shoot 12.3-megapixel images at 6 fps (8 fps with the optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10).

• As with the D3, there are two Live-View modes: Handheld mode with standard 51-point phase-difference AF and Tripod mode with focal-plane contrast AF for maximum accuracy with still subjects. As with the D3, you can use Live-View remotely via PC with wired or wireless connection and optional Nikon Camera Control II software.

• Like the D3, the D300 employs Nikon's EXPEED image-processing concept that optimizes image processing for camera model, user characteristics and applications. Nikon intends to use EXPEED with all future digital models, SLR and Coolpix.

• A new Scene Recognition System uses information from the D300's 1005-pixel RGB sensor to optimize exposure, white balance and autofocusing.

• A magnesium-alloy chassis, enhanced sealing and 150,000-cycle shutter mean the D300 can stand up to harsh pro use.

• Nikon's first Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses four different frequencies to vibrate dust off the low-pass filter in front of the image sensor, a great boon to the user who changes lenses frequently.

• Images are stored on a CF card, and the camera can use the new high-speed UDMA CF cards.

• The D300 shares the D3's new Picture Control System, with four fundamental settings—Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome—and the means to adjust sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, tone and saturation as desired. If you have a D3 and a D300 (or two of either), you can transfer customized Picture Control Settings between them for consistent picture tone.

• A tick slower than the D3, the D300 starts up in a superquick 0.13 seconds (0.08 quicker than the D2XS), with a shutter-release lag of 0.45 ms and a viewfinder blackout of just
0.1 seconds.

• The D300's new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF system with 51 AF points (15 of them central cross-type sensors that function with lenses as slow as ƒ/5.6) offers excellent AF performance.

• Active D-Lighting mode applies localized tone control to provide real-time highlight and shadow correction for better detail throughout the image.

• HDMI output lets you display images directly on HD television.


Sensor: 12.3-megapixel CMOS
Format:DX (23.6x15.8mm, 1.5x focal-length factor)
ISO Range:200-3200 normal, 100-6400 expanded
Storage Media:CompactFlash (UDMA-compliant)
LCD Monitor:3.0 inches, 920,000 pixels, 170-degree viewing angle
Viewfinder:Eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.94x magnification, 19.5mm eye-relief
Maximum Drive Speed:6 fps (8 fps with optional power sources), up to 100 Normal/Large JPEG
Autofocus:51-point Multi-CAM 3500 DX, EV -1 to EV 19
Metering:1005-pixel RGB sensor, 3D Color Matrix Metering II, center-weighted, 2% spot
Shooting Modes:Shiftable program AE, shutter- and aperture-priority AE, metered manual
Exposure Compensation:+/- 5 stops
Shutter:Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane type, 30 to 1⁄8000 sec., flash sync to 1⁄250 sec.
Flash:i-TTL balanced fill-flash with compatible Nikon Speedlights and built-in Speedlight (ISO 100/GN 39 in feet)
Power Source:One rechargeable EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery, optional AC adapter and Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10
5.8x4.5x2.9 inches
Weight:29.1 ounces
Estimated Street Price:$1,799
Availability:September 2007
Contact:Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com




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