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D300s and D3000 Added to Nikon Lineup
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posted on Jul 31, 2009 at 1:25PM

D300s and D3000 Added to Nikon Lineup

By Emily Raymond
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  • 12.3 MP D300s
  • HD videos
  • Faster 7 fps burst
  • 10.2 MP D3000
  • Guide mode

(Credit: Nikon)

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Nikon introduced two new DSLRs yesterday: the pro-quality D300s and the entry-level D3000. The D300s follows the D300 with the same 12.3-megapixel resolution but adds full 720p HD videos, a faster 7 fps burst mode, and dual CF/SD card slots, among other improvements. The D300s will retail for $1,799, while the 10.2-megapixel D3000 will sell for $599 with a kit lens.

The Nikon D300s follows the D300, which also sold for the same price, and has many of the same features. They have the same DX-formatted CMOS image sensor and Expeed image processor. They also share the bright 3-inch LCD screen with excellent 920,000-pixel resolution. The D300s makes an improvement by adding a dedicated Live View button, making it easier to switch from stills to movies.

Both DSLRs have a dust reduction system and a fast 51-point autofocus that, according to Nikon, “performs even faster and more accurately on the new D300s.” The Multi-CAM AF system has 15 cross type sensors and also offers 3D tracking and face detection.

The Nikon D300s makes a big addition with HD video recording. It shoots 1280 x 720 pixels at 24 frames per second, and adds external stereo audio input, autofocus capability during recording, and in-camera movie editing.

“It’s no secret that more photographers need to gather multimedia content,” said Edward Fasano, general manager of marketing for SLR systems at Nikon, in the July 30 press release. “In addition to proven technologies, such as the 51-point autofocus system and 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, we are more than confident that the D300s’ HD movie mode, along with a host of additional performance enhancements, will broaden the appeal of the camera to those seeking exceptional still image quality and video versatility.”

The new DSLR also makes slight improvements in the burst mode. The Nikon D300s can shoot 7 fps, while the D300 shoots 6 fps. Both can shoot 8 fps with the optional battery pack. The Nikon D300 has a single slot for a CompactFlash card, but the D300s adds a slot for an SD card.


(Credit: Nikon)

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The Nikon D300 keeps the same 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9-inch body, but adds a few controls such as the dedicated Live View button and a “Q” mode on the dial that signifies the “quiet mode” that hushes the snap of the mirror for more discrete photography.

The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level DSLR with a 10.2-megapixel DX-format image sensor and more basic specs. It has a 3 fps burst mode, like the D60, and an 11-point autofocus system, borrowed from the D5000 and D90. The new D3000 adds a guide mode that walks beginners through DSLR functions. The Nikon D3000 has a 3-inch LCD screen, but with a third of the resolution of that on the D300s.

“The D3000 combines the best of both worlds, providing picture takers with the ease-of-use currently offered in point-and-shoot cameras alongside the speed, precision and excpetional results that have made Nikon DSLRs so popular,” Fasano said. 


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