DPReview.com has posted a thorough hands-on preview of the just-announced Nikon D300, noting that the new DSLR offers an impressive list of features thatâ€™s â€œcertainly more than enough to make the competition sweat.â€
Phil Askey examined a pre-production unit in their hands and reports that the range of changes in the D300 compared with the D200 is so significant that it wouldn’t be inappropriate to call it a â€˜compact D3.â€™
Says Phil, â€œFrom the top there’s a new CMOS sensor with twelve megapixels, a new auto-focus sensor with 51-points (15 of which are cross-type sensitive), there’s focus tracking by color, scene recognition, Picture Control presets, six frames per second continuous shooting (or eight frames per second with a battery pack), Compact Flash UDMA support, Live View (with contrast detect AF) and the mighty impressive 3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor (oh and HDMI video output).â€
Itâ€™s quite a comprehensive preview, with some preliminary shots and a good demo on how the cameraâ€™s new Live View performs. Thereâ€™s also some HDMI video taken by the D300.
Nikonâ€™s new DSLR will be available just before Christmas for $1800, body only, with Amazon.com now accepting pre-orders. The Nikon D300 can also be pre-ordered for $2100 with the 18-135mm AF-S DX f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF Nikkor Zoom Lens, or $2540 with the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens.