TOKYO — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the
new DX-format digital SLR, Nikon D300.

Combining innovative Nikon technologies with advanced new features and
precision engineering, the D300 delivers the ultimate blend of DX-format

The sheer imaging power of a new 12.3 effective-megapixel DX Format CMOS
image sensor with integrated A/D converter; the precision processing and
astounding speed of Nikon’s original EXPEED digital image processing
concept; the unprecedented focusing speed and precision of a new 51-point
AF system; Nikon’s innovative new Scene Recognition System for optimal
autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance; the
composition and focusing ease of a large new pentaprism viewfinder that
provides full 100% frame coverage; an expansive 920,000-dot,
high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor with wide viewing angle; near-instant
power-up and immediate response; all with the advantages of Nikon DX-format
agility and system expandability. Meet the new generation digital SLR
camera that blends all these advanced features into one fine package — the
Nikon D300.

Major Features

New DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels

The D300 features a new 12.3 effective megapixel DX-format CMOS image
sensor. It not only produces fine details with sharp resolution, but also
provides a broad light sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 3200, (plus LO 1
for IS0 100 equivalent and HI 1 for IS0 6400 equivalent settings; Auto ISO
control is also available). The CMOS sensor’s integrated A/D converter
features the ability to select between 12-bit and 14-bit conversion, making
it possible to shoot using high-quality 14-bit NEF (RAW) format. All
internal processing is handled in full 16-bit color, color, benefiting from
a fine balance between performance with outstanding speed that defies this
level of precision and natural-looking images that benefit from faithful
color and tone reproduction. Lateral chromatic aberration is also reduced.

EXPEED — Nikon’s image processing concept embodied

As Nikon’s new digital image-processing concept — featuring the core ideas
of our image creation and processing — EXPEED incorporates the optimized
knowhow and technologies we have accumulated throughout our long history
while receiving users’ requirements. It realizes diversified functions to
ensure high picture quality and high-speed image processing.

* For details, see “Nikon’s original digital image-processing concept
EXPEED” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

High-speed continuous shooting

The D300 is capable of shooting at a rapid 6 fps*1, and as fast as 8 fps*2
when using the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, in continuous bursts of up
to 100 shots*3 at full 12.3 megapixel resolution. The Nikon D300 is also
the first digital SLR to support next-generation high-speed card UDMA,
which enables high speed recording.

*1 When using one EN-EL3e battery installed in the camera *2 When using
batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e *3 NORMAL — LARGE
image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash 1GB card

Immediate response

Near-instant power-up within 0.13 seconds, a shutter release time lag of a
mere 0.045 seconds*, and viewfinder blackout time of approximately 0.1
seconds contribute to optimized all-around performance that lets
photographers respond to any sudden shutter opportunities.

* When shooting in JPEG, TIFF, or 12-bit NEF (RAW) formats

Scene Recognition System

By improving the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, which was first incorporated in
the Nikon F5, information from the sensor can be utilized for auto
exposure, auto white balance and autofocus. For example, 3D tracking in AF
realized by using the Scene Recognition System tracks subject position, and
automatically shifts AF points to be used according to the subject’s
movement within the frame. This system also contributes to improved
accuracy of auto exposure and auto white balance.

* For details, see “Scene Recognition System for more accurate autofocus,
auto exposure and auto white balance” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

AF system employing high-density 51-point AF

Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module featuring 51 AF points is
incorporated. 15 cross-type sensors located in the center provide subject
detection capability with lens apertures as small as f/5.6. 51 AF points
can be utilized in various focus area modes selected according to subject
condition. In many aspects, the functions of AF points are linked with the
Scene Recognition System to offer superior subject detection and focus
tracking performance. A single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus
points. Dynamic AF mode enables appropriate focusing by detecting subjects
with a zone containing many AF points located densely. In this mode, the
number of AF areas, including user selected AF points and backup points,
can be selected from either 9, 21 or 51. In addition, newly employed “3D
tracking” mode shifts the focus point automatically to respond to the
subject’s movements. Auto-area AF mode gives greater priority to the
subject’s position in selecting AF points.

Picture Control System

Picture Control System is a new function to enable selection and adjustment
to create pictures easily according to skills of users from novices to
professionals. When settings are the same, even with different cameras, you
can get the same picture tone. Picture Control System offers four
fundamental setting options — Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome —
enabling image parameters (sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, tone
and saturation) to be easily adjusted and customized.

* For details, see “Picture Control System’s image optimization functions
enable easy adjustments” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

Two Liveview modes available

Liveview function enables shooting while confirming subjects in the LCD

In Handheld mode, which allows recomposing of the frame prior to actual
shooting, ordinary TTL phase-difference AF using all 51 AF points including
15 cross-type points is activated.

Tripod mode is designed for precise focus accuracy with still subjects and
tripod stabilization. In this mode, focal-plane contrast AF on a desired
point within a specific area is possible. Remote view, focusing and
shooting are also made possible on a PC (wired or wirelessly).

Large, bright viewfinder that achieves 100% frame coverage

TThe D300’s new eye-level pentaprism viewfinder aids composition and adds
assurance to focus operations by providing full 100% frame coverage and
large 0.94x magnification, as well as an eyepoint of 19.5 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
and built-in diopter adjustment range of -2 to +1 m-1.

Durability that will go the distance

Testing to 150,000 cycles stands as firm testament to the durability of the
new shutter unit for the D300. Its magnesium alloy chassis combines light
weight with solid durability, while the body features an enhanced sealing
system that helps protect against moisture and dust.

Active D-Lighting

D-Lighting incorporated in the conventional digital SLRs enables editing
after the image is taken. In addition to the D-Lighting, newly developed
Active D-Lighting is employed in the Nikon D300.

Active D-Lighting lets users choose the intensity from among “High”,
“Normal”, “Low” or “Unchanged” prior to shooting. The conventional method
of simply expanding dynamic range is not employed in compensation. Instead,
localized tone control technology is utilized to prevent images from
looking flat with low contrast. As a result, “lost highlights” and “lost
shadows” are well compensated while maintaining proper contrast.

Self-cleaning Sensor Unit for efficient dust reduction

The D300 is the first Nikon D-SLR camera to employ a Self-cleaning Sensor
Unit. Four different resonance frequencies vibrate the optical low pass
filter in front of the image sensor to shake particles free and reduce the
presence of dust.

Exclusive Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (optional)

The WT-4 supports wired LAN (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX) and wireless LAN (IEEE
802.11b/g, 11a), and incorporates thumbnail mode as a new function.

It realizes wireless connection of cameras with a PC, enabling thumbnail
display of images taken with up to five of them and downloading of images
selected. Also, by using Camera Control Pro 2 (optional), wireless remote
view/control shooting is made possible with the D300’s Liveview function.

* For details, see “WT-4 / Camera Control Pro 2 Software” on our News
Release in Aug. 2007.

Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (optional)

The optional new Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 supports 3 types of
batteries and features sequential power supply with auto-switching to the
battery installed inside the camera body. When attached, it also enables
high-speed continuous shooting at a rate of 8 fps*1 for up to 100
consecutive shots*2.

*1 When using batteries other than the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
*2 NORMAL — LARGE image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash
1GB card

Other Features

* The large top control panel (46 x 20.8 mm) features an improved interface
with lettering that can be switched to best match shooting conditions

* HDMI Output supports HDTV display

* Supports GPS devices via optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35

* Retouch Menu provides handy access to Filter Effects, Trimming, Red-eye
correction, Image overlay and other in-camera editing functions

* Software Suite CD-ROM included

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D300 Specifications

Type of Camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels
12.3 million

Image Sensor
CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 13.1 million; Nikon DX format

Image Size (pixels)
4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]

Dust-reduction System
Clean image sensor,
Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)


ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of
approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200, and
approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200

=46ile System
Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21

Storage System
NEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW)
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

Storage Media
CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA), Microdrives

Release Modes
1) Single frame [S] mode
2) Continuous low speed [CL] mode: 1 to 7*1 frames per second 3) Continuous
high-speed [CH] mode: 8 frames per second*1, 6 frames per second*2 4)
Liveview [LV] mode
5) Self-timer mode
6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode

*1. When using AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10
with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e *2. When
using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (When shooting in
Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure
modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or faster with other settings at

White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes
with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, white balance bracketing
possible (2 to 9 frames in increments 1~3)

Hand-held 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

LCD Monitor
3-in., approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame
coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function
1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB
histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto
image rotation

Delete Function
Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete

Video Output
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the
LCD monitor available

HDMI Output
Supports HDMI version 1.3a; Type A connector is provided as HDMI output
terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on
the LCD monitor not available

Hi-Speed USB

Text Input
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor
and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

Lens Mount
Nikon F Mount with AF coupling and AF contacts

Compatible Lenses
1) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
2) D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses): All functions possible
(excluding PC Micro-NIKKOR) 3) AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type (excluding
lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering II possible
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except Autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering II
possible 5) 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;
Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides
lens data

Picture Angle
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0
to +1.0 m-1) Eyepoint
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)

=46ocusing Screen
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus
brackets and On-Demand grid lines

Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% (vertical and horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1 Autofocus
=C5ETTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon
Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module; Detection -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at
20=B0C/68=B0F); AF fine adjustment possible =C5EFocal plane contrast [in Liv=
(Tripod) mode]

Lens Servo
1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); Focus tracking
automatically activated according to subject status 2) Manual focus (M)
with electronic rangefinder

=46ocus Point
Single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points Liveview (Tripod
mode): Contrast AF on a desired point within entire frame

AF Area Mode
1) Single point AF 2) Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51
points (3D-tracking)] 3) Automatic-area AF

=46ocus Lock
=46ocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway
(single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering System
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor 1) 3D Color
Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other
CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens
data; metering performed) 2) 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) 3) 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)

Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot
metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20=BAC/68=BAF)

Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI

Exposure Modes
1) Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
3) Aperture Priority Auto [A] 4) Manual [M]

Exposure Compensation
+-5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Exposure Lock
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Bracketing
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3,
1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)

Picture Control System
=46our setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option ca=
be adjusted

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to
30 s. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, Bulb

Sync Contact
X=3D1/250 sec.; flash synchronization at up to 1/320 sec. (FP) adjustable
with Built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight (will reduce GN)

=46lash Control
1) 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 2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU
lens 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27,
and 22S 4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800

=46lash Sync Mode
1) Front-curtain Sync (normal) 2) Red-eye Reduction 3) Red-eye Reduction
with Slow Sync 4) Slow Sync 5) Rear-curtain Sync

Built-in Speedlight
Manual pop-up with button release

Guide number
(ISO 200, m): approx. 17 (manual 18) (ISO 100 equivalent, m): approx. 12
(manual 13)

=46lash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Accessory Shoe
ISO 518 Standard hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Sync Terminal
ISO 519 standard terminal

Creative Lighting System
With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced
Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information
Communication, modeling flash and FV lock

2 to 20 seconds duration

Depth of Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value
selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)

10-pin Terminal
1) GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with
9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional) 2) Remote control: via
10-pin terminal

Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French,
German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,

Power Source
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10
(optional) with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e
or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries,
or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, AC Adapter EH-5a (optional)

Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Custom Settings
48 settings available

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)

Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or
monitor cover

Operating Environment
Temperature: 0-40=B0C/32-104=B0F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)

Supplied Accessories
(may differ by country or area)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4,
Video Cable EG-D100, Strap AN-D300, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap,
Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM

Main Optional Accessories
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying
Eyepiece DK-21M, AC Adapter EH-5a, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or
obligation on the part of the manufacturer. August 2007