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Old 09-05-2011, 06:06 AM
 
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Nikon D300-S SLR Digital Camera

Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

My husband and I purchased this camera in preparation for a three-week vacation through Italy. We wanted to invest in a high quality but reasonably priced camera that would provide good flexibility for this trip and future vacation photography.

This camera includes a number of attractive features: It has a standard resolution of 12.3 megapixels and supports multiple memory card formats (including compact flash and SD cards). It can be used for standard still photos or video. The flash is powerful and easy to turn off and on (it pops open by switch and can be clicked off by pushing it back down into the housing). The LCD view screen is large (approximately 3" wide) and very clear and colorful.

Unfortunately this is not a camera you can pick up and master in a day. We ended up purchasing two hefty user manuals and experimenting with this camera for weeks before our trip, and still barely scratched the surface on learning how to use all of its capabilities. Luckily one of the manuals came in e-book form as well, and we were able to reference it during our trip as we figured out how to adapt our photo-taking to different settings and levels of lighting.

One of my favorite features of this camera is actually an accessory you can purchase separately- the GeoPic GPS. This nifty little device clips on top of the flash assembly and will acquire your exact location, which it then tags on to your photos allowing you to map exactly where each was taken. On a long trip such as ours, this was an invaluable feature when it came to organizing our photos later on.

The only feature I dislike about this camera (apart from its initial complexity) is the positioning of the on/off switch and shutter button. They're angled toward the front of the camera and have two small mode buttons just above it- I've often found that during use I will inadvertently press one of these mode buttons rather than the shutter button while trying to take a photo. Though it's generally a minor inconvenience, it does get annoying after a while.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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