|Nikon D300 Body
The D300 has a nice and solid build; a metal housing with thick rubber where it needs it, and the right seals. You can walk in the rain for a while with this camera without having to worry that it might fail you. You feel that it is a trustworthy camera that won't let you down. The hand-fit is perfect and you can even improve it with an optional battery-grip. This is most handy for taking pictures in portrait mode and it gives the camera even more body.
Nikon D300 Viewfinder
The viewfinder is a true joy. It was already of a nice big size on the D200 and it is even further improved on the Nikon D300. The enlargement remained the same but it offers 100% frame coverage now. Something that was exclusively reserved for Nikon's true top models before. It indicates that Nikon see the D300 as a serious alternative for the professional photographer. The ocular is placed quite close to the body which makes someone looking through the viewfinder with his left eye flattening his nose to the LCD. Other than that the viewfinder is perfect. Information is clearly rendered in the viewfinder so you don't miss a thing.
Nikon D300 Command dial
A large LCD monitor on top of the camera offers the user the necessary information. On the other side of the prism house, the familiar buttons are found with which quality, sensitivity, white balance and frame speed can be adjusted. The command dial around the shutter release button is something Nikon has been applying for years now and it works fine.
Nikon D300 LCD monitor
The back of the camera is dominated by a large LCD monitor with an impressive resolution. There are 920,000 dots on the 3-inch monitor, delivering a resolution of 640x480 pixels in three colors. Hence a real VGA quality. A plastic cover protects the monitor and unlike earlier models, it stays well in its place. Still I don't find it very convenient because moist appears easily in between the plastic cover and the monitor and it also makes it difficult to check the sharpness. It offers some protection though, but in my case I can also use it without cover.
Nikon D300 Camera navigation
The experienced Nikon photographer will recognize the structure of the buttons that are easy to operate even with gloves on. The dials are a bit harder but still not too bad. The tumble switch lets you change the focus points as quick as lightning. In my opinion this solution wins it from the small joystick Canon offers. I think Nikon must have taken out a patent on it while it certainly is the best solution.
|Nikon D300 Wide angle zoom
The new wide angle zoom puts the Nikon D300 a bit off balance. Clearly it is the lens causing this. There is a lot of heavy glass on the front part of the lens which brings the centre of gravity right to the front. The hand-fit of the camera in combination with this lens will probably improve by attaching the extra battery-grip for it will add extra weight to the camera itself. By the way; the Nikon D300 is not too light but I find that an advantage rather than a disadvantage for this camera.