The Nikon D300s replaces the popular D300 as Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, and brings HD video capture plus a host of other refinements. Is this Nikon’s most complete enthusiast DSLR yet? Our Nikon D300s review finds out...

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The D300s gives very good metering performance in its 3D Matrix metering mode.

Unlike earlier Nikon DSLRs, the D300s tends to deliver a relatively bright midtone, which, when a medium grey test target is photographed, measures around 128, exactly midway between 0 (black) and white (255). While this helps to keep JPEG files nice and bright straight from the camera, it increases the risk of highlight detail burning out in scenes with a wide tonal range.

As ever, the histogram is the best tool for preventing this from happening.

In general use, the metering system of the D300s is very capable, and I was impressed at the consistency of exposures in a range of different situations.

I photographed an air show during my shooting for this test, and normal practice when shooting dark subjects (such as aircraft) against a bright background (the sky in this case) is to set a moderate amount of overexposure from the off, to prevent the subject from becoming a silhouette.

However, where other cameras might have struggled, the D300s managed an almost 100% success rate without any intervention.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range and Gamut
  9. 9. LCD, Live View and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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