The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300 digital SLR is finally here, but how does it improve on the already acclaimed D200?
Nikon D300 Review
Step up the Nikon D300, replacting the Nikon D200, which is aimed at ‘the semi-professional and freelancer’; the newer D300 model is targeted at ‘pros on a budget’ and is claimed to deliver resolution suitable for commercial and stock photography. As the DSLR market has matured, so the manufacturers have had to adapt their marketing. Traditionally, models such as the Nikon D100 or Canon EOS 20D were aimed at the semi-pro or enthusiast photographer, who could invest enough cash and commitment in their hobby/profession to spend over £1,000 on their camera. With so-called ‘entry-level’ DSLR cameras now available for around £300 to £400, even consumers with a passing interest in photography are buying sophisticated and capable cameras.
For the enthusiast too, the more hard-wearing cameras are generally available for less than £1,000 – just think of the Sony Alpha 700, Canon EOS 40D or Pentax K10D – which leaves a large gap in the market between those and the serious money pro cameras.
So how does the Nikon D300 justify its £1300 price tag, anddoes it cater for the entry level professional market? The What Digital Camera Nikon D300 review investigates all…