DPReview.com has just posted its latest review on the Nikon D300 DSLR, giving it a Highly Recommended rating and praising almost every aspect of the camera.
Phil Askey writes that almost everything about this camera has been improved, inside and outside. He writes, â€œon the outside there’s that stunning high resolution three inch LCD monitor, the usefulness of which shouldn’t be underestimated (you’ll find you get enough detail without magnifying as far), there’s perhaps the best implementation of Live View to date with both contrast detect (like a compact camera, although not particularly fast) and passive auto-focus options, and there’s HDMI output; a boon no doubt to studio photographers who can now provide live high resolution previews of a shot.
â€œOn the inside Nikon has worked hard to deliver both better image quality and better performance; you get usable images up to ISO 3200, extended image parameter control, improved dynamic range, automatic CA removal (which immediately improves the performance of all your lenses), six frames per second continuous shooting (eight with the grip / battery combo), a new AF sensor, AF tracking by color and scene recognition. There are also an almost infinite range of customization options available, everything from how many AF areas are used to the size of the center-weighted metering circle to what happens when you hold the FUNC button and turn the command dial.
â€œNikon’s biggest problem now will be bettering the D300; it raises the bar to a new high, and represents the state of the art despite strong competition from the likes of Canon, Sony and Olympus. There’s simply no better semi-professional digital SLR on the market,â€ Phil concludes.