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Extraordinary still and HD video imaging performance converge in the fast and agile 12.3-megapixel, DX-format D300S, delivering D-SLR versatility. Capture cinematic 24 fps, 720p HD movie clips, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality.
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Using the D300s for architectural photography, Jul 12, 2012
By Robert Alvarez
I have been shooting professionally for 32 years mainly with Nikon 35mm, Mamiya 120 and a Linhoff 4x5. I now use DSLRs exclusively. I have been shooting bracketings to create HDRs for over 3 years now having created more than 45,000 tonemapped images.
Nikon makes it very easy on the D300s to create a bracketing by pushing the bottom programable button on the lower right front side of the camera and turning the command dials to choose 3,5,7 or 9 exposures with up to one fstop diference. I believe Nikon should allow me to change the fstop increment to allow brackets of up to 3 fstops diference between exposures. Some Nikon Cameras such as the D90 and D7000 only allow 3 exposures with up to 2 fstops. I dont see why there should be a limitation. In some extreme cases I am forced to use 9 exposures because of the great dynamic range of the scene. It would be great to be able to shoot 5 exposures with 2 fstops diference.
Which brings me to another issue. When I am doing bracketings I shoot as quickly as possible and I think the camera could shoot faster and more efficiently if the mirror stayed up during the whole bracketing sequence. There could be a menu where I could specify that.
Another limitation of the D300s is the Mode Dial found on the top left of the camera, which allows you to select the camera's drive mode, single, two continuous speeds, quiet mode, self-timer or mirror up. The problem is that it is imposible to do a combination of these modes.
For instance; Self timer with Continuous Highspeed shooting. Or Mirror up with self timer.
Some canon Cameras allow you to set your bracketing and shoot with the self timer all exposures automatically.
I really like the D300s and can't wait to see the next version of this camera (D400?)
Maybe Nikon could take this review into account and make the necesary software changes to allow for a better bracketing experience.
Nikon D300s.....A Great Deal, Jul 12, 2012
By mario fontes
Nikon D300s is a remarkable Camera for a very affordable price introduced in 2009 became a very popular camera for a professional use.The camera capture 720p HD video at 24 frames/sec with stereo audio as a plus.It also accept dual flash (CF) and High-capacity secured Digital (SDHC)memory cards.Some Photographers considers themselves as a pure still photographers.However,video is a much better medium to present certain actions.Upon using the D300S or other DSLRs with the video feature, some of those photographers may change their mind.With a 12 megapixel sensor, it would be easy to think of the D300S as a high-quality camera. The JPEGs may be a little softer than we'd choose but they respond well to the sharpening being pushed up a notch, so it's just a matter of tuning them to suit your purposes. Processing from raw brings even better results. The D300S is the standout product that should take away from an absolutely excellent product - a gently polished and refined update of a product that I considered a benchmark.
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