The D300 was announced in August 2007 and the D300s in July 2009
The age of the camera suggested a replacement for 2011, but nothing appeared in 2012...
Nikon still hasn't produced any good prime lenses specifically for its DX (crop) format, and with Dxxxx cameras moving up in specifications, some have wondered if there is a place at the top level for Nikon's DX range?
26th Once again, in some Canon 7Dmk2 information we were sent, we hear that neither Canon or Nikon are in a rush to update and that Canon is aiming for the 7D2 to sit above this year's possible D7200 (considered more likely than any D400).
I'd note that this was a Nikon reference in some Canon info we were sent, that hardly falls into the rock solid category, so usual caveats apply!
Nikon wouldn't comment in any of their CP+ interviews, whilst Canon continues with their '7D follow up - sounds a reasonable idea' response.
7th Nikon announce a new 18-140mm DX lens. TH suggests that this could mean the D400 (or even a D7100S) is likely
10th After a flurry of 7D mk2 rumours, I'd wondered if there was D400 info coming up...
At NR, there is a suggestion of an August/September announcement (with some new lenses).
31st Suggestions of a September announcement for a 24MP D400 - maybe pushed back to the start of 2014 if the 7D2 isn't appearing [PL]
25th Nikon Europe says that the D7100 is not a D300S replacement.
An update over the D7000, any D400 later in the year needs a bigger jump in specs than we've seen in the lengthy D7000-7100 interval.
It's worth noting that Nikon Europe describes the D7100 as the company's 'flagship DX model'
20th At Pentax forums [PF], there's a supposed copy of a page from Japanese magazine “Camera Japan”, there's a slew of 'predictions' for 2013: Nikon D7100 in March, D400 in June and a D4X in October. September is slated for the Nikon 2 - presumably another mirrorless...
26th The D700 and D300S are marked as 'discontinued' [Nikon via NR]
How about a triple launch for Nikon - D3200/400/800 ;-)
25th Nikon announced some compacts in yesterday's announcements, so DSLR expectations have been moved back to September.
In the UK, there is a D300s offer running to the end of October - buy one and get a free 750G external drive.
1st Thom Hogan modifies his predictions, upgrading the likelihood of a D800 (FF/'FX') to come out with a D4 this month [TH].
The D300s replacement is moved to next February.
19th Two FX cameras by the end of August? - via a Nikon rep [NR]
11th A German camera store has Nikon event in Germany in September [NR]
More speculation from Thom Hogan [TH] puts a D4 and D400, announced in August, as what people will see.
28th Second half of August is still a strong suggestion for D4/D400 [NR]
30th Some $250 Nikon instant rebates in the US [NR] - only a few lenses and DX bodies...
26th Nikon have said their launch schedule is unaffected [NR] and a major Nikon announcement is supposedly due for the end of August.
11th We're hearing (thanks) of Nikon reps downplaying any new product announcements. Whilst not referring to any particular camera, the suggestion was:
'...if you need a new camera, buy one, don't think something new will be available any time soon'
This matches up with shortages of pro level cameras we're hearing of from many Nikon and Canon sources - of course finding one in stock is another matter...
4th There are suggestions that an August announcement is still expected [NR] - also, the D300s is getting a bit long in the tooth, announced in July 2009 (D300 Jan 2008)
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The D300S brings HD movie capability, a faster frame advance rate of 7fps and dual CF and SD memory card slots. Built upon the D300, the D300S incorporates the same DX-format 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, professional 51-point autofocus system and EXPEED image processing in a discrete compact body.
Virtual Horizon that is available in Live View shooting.
3-in., 920-k dot high-resolution LCD monitor.
Highly efficient energy-saving design allows as many as 950 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e. (CIPA Standards)
Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System including Image Sensor Cleaning function that provides effective dust reduction.
Versatile in-camera Retouch Menus let you enhance your images without using a computer.
Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output. Type C connector (mini size) is employed.
With the optional GPS Unit GP-1, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and time are automatically recorded to each image’s Exif data.
Exclusive Nikon Software — Nikon Transfer and ViewNX software packages (supplied) for a range of basic photo browsing and editing operations; Capture NX 2, Camera Control Pro 2, and Image Authentication Software (all optional) enable more advanced operation and image editing.
Recent settings can now be displayed in place of My Menu.
Custom Setting e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash (e3 Optional flash when an optional Speedlight is mounted on the camera) can now be added to My Menu using the Add items option in My Menu from Add items>Custom settingmenu>e Bracketing/flash.
The degree of the High ISO NR setting can now be confirmed in the shooting info display while the High ISO NR setting item, in the shooting menu, is being applied.
Ankara, Riyadh, Kuwait, and Manama have been added to the Time zone options for the World time item in the setup menu.
When a GPS device is used and no heading information is available, —.–° is now displayed for the Position>Heading option in the GPS item in the setup menu.
When shooting in live view mode using Camera Control Pro 2 (Ver. 2.2.0 or later) with a PC-E lens, the aperture setting can now be adjusted from the computer.
Focus acquisition performance in dynamic-area AF mode has been improved.
Focus acquisition performance with contrast-detect AF has been improved.
Auto white balance performance has been improved.
The fourth digit in seconds display for GPS latitude and longitude information is now rounded off rather than omitted.
The current MB-D10 battery type setting can now be confirmed in the shooting info display when R6/AA-size batteries are used with the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10.
An issue that caused an increase in noise with shooting in [M] exposure mode at a shutter speed setting of bulb with the shutter held open for less than 8 seconds and Long exp. NR enabled has been resolved.
An issue that prevented shutter release at the specified shutter speed when no operations were performed for 30 seconds in mirror up mode has been resolved.
An issue that caused abnormal image display when Image review was set to On and the playback zoom in button was pressed immediately after shooting at the following settings has been resolved.
Image quality: NEF (RAW ) + JPEG
NEF (RAW) recording: Lossless compressed or Compressed
Image size: S or M
When the Speedlight SB-800 was mounted on the camera with flash mode set to distance-priority manual (GN) mode, and the camera recovered from standby mode triggered by the auto meter off function, the distance information displayed on the SB-800 changed. This issue has been resolved.
For further information regarding the new firmware, download the supplemental document for the new firmware, D300_FirmUp_(11)En.pdf.
Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
1.5x field of view crop
DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- NIKKOR)
AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-colour Matrix Metering II possible
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-colour Matrix Metering II possible
Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; colour Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data /td>
Dust reduction *
Self-cleaning sensor unit ('Clean image sensor') *
Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)
51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) *
Multi-CAM 3500DX *
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
Focus Point *
Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
AF Area Mode *
Single point AF
Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)]
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
3D colour Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used)
Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
3D colour Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
CPU and AI
Locked using AE-L/AF-L button
• 2 to 9 frames
1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps *
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Default: ISO 200 - 3200 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Boost: 100 - 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec with reduced GN *)
Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modelling flash
Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning *
Manual presets (four)
colour temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area
Continuous Low [CL]
Continuous High [CH]
Continuous shooting *
With built-in battery: up to 6 fps
With AC adapter or MB-D10 pack and batteries other than EN-EL3e: up to 8 fps
JPEG Large/Normal: 100 shots (at 6 fps)
RAW: no data yet
2 to 20 sec custom
TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor.
Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800