Nikon has announced its latest entry into the DSLR market with the D300s, and it does add some new features that DSLR fans have been clamoring for.
While the DSLR market is getting fairly crowded, there have been some features that have still not been showing up that users would love to see, number one on that wishlist being an external mic input. Â Well, Nikon has heard your cries to the heavens, and the new D300s has exactly what you have been looking for, along with contrast-detect autofocus and 24fps video shooting at 720p.
One nifty little trick in this package is the dual memory card slots forÂ CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) cards. Â You can record still photos to one and video to the other so you won’t be mixing your media onto the same card. Â A very nifty idea and something I personally hope to see more cameras add down the road.
The optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 almost sounds like a must have really. Â You get three options for your power source: AA-size batteries, Nikon’s Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e and EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery. Â It not only adds options to your shooting, but you also get extra stability and the ability to shoot up to 2,950 shots per charge while also upping the burst shooting from 7fps to 8fps.
Here is a more targeted list of the key features.
- 24fps 720p video
- Contrast-detect autofocus
- External mic input
- 12.3 megapixel DX sensor
- 51-point autofocus
- 7fps burst shooting, 8fps with battery grip
- CF and SD card slots
- 3-inch, 920k pixel screen
Overall it sounds ike a great system and should be hitting stores in August for a suggested retail price of $1,799.95.