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Nikon D3 and D300 Professional DSLRs unveiled

Nikon D3 and D300 DSLRs On Thursday, Nikon launched two new reasonably priced digital cameras that basically aim at the professionals and those aspiring to be professionals.

The two Nikon camera models dubbed D3 and D300 truly have unique features to them. Whilst the Nikon D3 DSLR camera features the first full-frame sensor on a Nikon digital camera, the D300 has 12.3 megapixels.

Nikon Professional Products Brand Manager Robert Christina said, “Nikon has eclipsed the competition with the D3, a cutting edge camera that will change how professional photographers take pictures.” Christina added, “The incredible speed, resolution and flexibility of the D3 will enable photographers to capture images under conditions previously thought impossible.”

Speaking about the Nikon D300 DSLR camera, Christina stated, “Packed with the latest technologies and Nikon’s renowned ergonomics, the D300 sets a new standard for professionals on a budget,” Christina continued. “The D300 is a true ‘go-anywhere’ camera, delivering fast response, high performance and ease of use that will appeal to anyone serious about their photography.”

The D3 camera is the successor to Nikon’s D2x, while D300 is of D200.

The significant features of Nikon D3 camera are:

  • EXPEED image processor
  • Second CompactFlash memory card slot
  • 12.1 megapixel full-frame sensor
  • ISO capability up to 6400
  • 3-inch VGA LCD, offering a live view of what the camera lens is seeing
  • Capability to shoot up to 9 frames per second
  • 51-point autofocus
  • HDMI output
  • Picture Control System
  • Scene Recognition System
  • Optical finder with 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification in FX format
  • CF card double slot
  • However, as they say, all good things with expensive price labels, the D3 exactly follows that rule. It is priced at $5,000 USD without lens.

    But Nikon was smart enough to introduce a more affordable alternative at the same time. And that’s none other than the D300, which is available for $1,800 USD, but with lesser features than the D3 of course.

    It comes without the full-frame sensor, HDMI output and second memory card slot.

    The Nikon D300 DSLR camera packs in:

  • 3-inch VGA LCD, offering a live view of what the camera lens is seeing
  • Autofocus capability
  • EXPEED image processor
  • Scene Recognition System
  • Picture Control System
  • Two Liveview modes available
  • Active D-Lighting
  • Exclusive Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (optional)
  • HDMI Output supports HDTV display
  • Supports GPS devices via optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35
  • Retouch Menu provides handy access to Filter Effects, Trimming, Red-eye correction, Image overlay and other in-camera editing functions
  • The Nikon D3 and D300 DSLRs will be available on shelves by November.