Nikon D300S DSLR Camera Price in Singapore, Features and Other Info

Nikon D300S DSLR Camera Price in Singapore, Features and Other Info: In the fickle world of digital photography, it is not very uncommon to see a good old workhorse being led out to pasture before long and the camera you have, which once had all the bells and whistles now look old, battered and tired. It has been a trend that so many DSLR cameras have been released by top manufacturers that aspiring professional photographers have difficulties in deciding what camera to buy.
In the case of Nikon, the company is a good choice to get started with but some Nikon owners are wondering if newer or higher models are worth the upgrade. With the release of the Nikon D300s, the company reasserts its position as the big guy to contend with in terms of quality DSLR cameras.
Basking in the success of the older Nikon D300, the D300S brings to the table the performance and handling of its predecessor along with some of its own tricks up its sleeve. Would that be enough though? Read on as we gut the Nikon D300s from bow to stern to ascertain if it turns out to be a worthy successor.
Design and construction
Hardly differing from the D300, the D300S still retains that solid reassurance to its look and feel. It uses the same magnesium alloy body with the same textured rubber as the D300. The controls are a bit more intuitive and the memory card cover has been replaced with some more function buttons. Also, buttons to toggle between shooting modes and to customize exposure compensation are all within easy reach.

The D300s retains the megapixel count at 12.3 with a DX-format sensor and supports an ISO range of 200 to 3200. It also has the 51-point auto-focus system which makes getting an exceptionally crisp image very easy. Dust and weather sealing is also standard which is enhanced by its “quiet shutter” mode making it perfect for wildlife photography.
The new dual memory card capability is also a nice feature that lets photographers to have their photos saved in both cards for backup. There is an option to set either the CompactFlash or the SD card as primary while the secondary card can be used for overflow storage, for backup or for JPEG files while the RAW files go to the primary. Video clips can also be saved in either card slot.
The D300S also packs a 3-inch 920,000-dot LCD display at the back of its body, same as its older brother, which comes in handy when reviewing your shots or when you are using Live View mode.
If there’s one thing to say about the D300S, is that it’s fast. It is very responsive and with the bump to 7fps in terms of continuous shooting, it one ups its older sibling by 1fps. It just takes a ridiculous 0.3 second to power on and take its first shot. It doesn’t make much of a difference whether you’re shooting in RAW or JPEG in terms of performance – the difference is fairly minor making it almost negligible. The auto-focus system is also a beauty, making light work of tracking and hunting for focus even in low-light situations. Now, what else could you ask for?
Image quality
One word: outstanding.
The use of a faster processor in the D300S shows. The auto-focus is fast and intelligent, the picture controls are very intuitive and the end results are outstanding. The inclusion of custom picture control settings also makes it easy to get everything exactly how you want it, all the time.
In short, lovely, vivid images are to be expected in pretty much all shooting situations.
Video quality
This is also one aspect where the D300S gets the better of its predecessor. Video quality is pretty impressive at 720p and 24 fps but that’s to be expected since the D300S shares the same video engine as the Nikon D90.
However, video recording is somewhat limited and will come as a disappointment for anyone hoping for something to rival the full HD video recording capabilities of say, the Panasonic GH1 or the Canon EOS 5D MkII.
The D300s is limited to a measly 5 minutes of recording clips at 1280 x 720 resolution and 24fps or 20 minutes at VGA resolution. This is however negated by the capability of using auto-focus during video capture, but if you really want to record lengthy videos, then you’re better off buying a camcorBoldder for just that purpose, right?
The verdict
The Nikon D300S is a fast, reliable workhorse of a DSLR camera. It feels great to use and makes taking pictures a real pleasure. Nikon has really done a great job in improving the D300. The quiet shutter mode is a nice addition, the auto-focus is a lot faster now, and the dual memory card slots just makes the whole D300S experience a lot better.
Video isn’t quite there yet and the price is something that’s gonna make you take a step back but there’s no denying the fact that the Nikon D300S is one of the best DSLRs in the market but don’t trade your D300 just yet if you own one because the incremental upgrades might not be enough to compel you to upgrade.
But for photography enthusiasts who have lower range models, the Nikon D300S is a mighty camera worth a consideration.
Nikon D300S DSLR Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): S$ 2,388.00
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