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Also, what makes the 51 point autofocus system in the D300 so accurate and precise is the scene recognition system. Now the D200 just had the 105, one thousand and five RBG system in it. And the D300 has that same system with the scene recognition system now. What the scene recognition supposed to do is allow more accurate white balance and more accurate exposures and like I’ve said, better accuracy in autofocus what it definitely does. Now for talking about exposure, I haven’t really noticed any difference between exposure problems with my D80 or my D300. The D300 overexposes most of the time just lightly and sometimes it does really well. Like for instance indoors, it seems to take almost perfect pictures. Outdoors however, seems to overexpose them just lightly. Now when we switch to white balance however, the white balance on the D300 is astounding. It’s almost amazing how perfect the picture is. You almost get the exact same picture on the D300 as you’re looking with your own eyes at the surrounding areas that you’re taking picture of. If I compare this for instance to the D80, the white balance is so stellar compared to the D80 body. That is for sure. This brings us to more of the last couple of features that the D300 offers. One of them is HDMI which is found here at the little slot in here. And one of the things I’m really disappointed about is that the HDMI cord does not come with the D300. You have to go and buy that separately and I don’t have that yet. So sadly I cannot show you the real potential of what that looked like on a high definition screen. I just wanna show you the difference between the 2.5 inch and the 3 inch LCD screen. You can definitely see a huge difference between the screens. D300 is much, much bigger. And the great thing about the D300 screen is that it has tinted glass on the outside which makes it scratch resistant unlike the D80 or the D200 body. And now we’re gonna go outside and test this Live View mode. Here we are in the Live View setting and as you can see it’s in the Shooting Menu and the Live View is at the very bottom of the page. Then you get your Live View modes selection up here Hand-held or Tripod. I’m gonna start with Hand-held. Then you’ve also got another thing you can pick and that's the Release Mode. That’s Continuous High, Continuous Low, or Single Frame. Let me choose Single Frame. Once you have all that selected, you can just hold down the shutter and open up to Light View mode then to focus, you just hold the halfway down then listen for that sound. So you can hear, it’s pretty, pretty fast as you can hear. And then when you’re ready, you just take the shot like that. Then you can look at your image, just by zooming in like this on the image and scrolling around. And as you can see by scrolling around, it’s not slow like the other Nikon scrollers are and moves pretty fast so you can get to the spot that you wanna be at rather quickly. Now we’re gonna go to Tripod Mode. We’ll gonna see what that one’s like. Now on Tripod Mode, you’ve got this thing in the sensor that focuses for you without lifting up the screen. I’m gonna show you how that’s done. As you can hear, that is about the slowest autofocus in the world. Sadly, yes, the Tripod Mode is rather slow at focusing but at least it gives you the précised focus. Then you can zoom in on that spot that you focused at up to 10 times which is quite a feat especially when you looking it up this close. You can see that the high resolution screen really does payoff when you zoom in this close. You can see almost all the details still of the picture really, really well. So you can get that précised focus if you’re manually focusing which is what you mostly gonna do. And when you’re ready, you just take the shot like that, and it goes back to normal. Now while I’m here, I’m also gonna explain some of the other features that the D300 has over the D200. That is in the viewfinder right here, the viewfinder is a 100 percent viewfinder, which means you see everything in the frame. Unlike the D200, with the D80 which only see 95 percent of the frame. This is very useful especially for a professionally type of photographers. And then also, something that is not, was not previously on the D80 to D200 was an info, like this, this is very similar to that of the D40 or the D40’s info screen. Now my personal opinion on live view is that… now personally I love the live view of the D300, the amazing resolution of the screen is astounding. Even when you zoom in 10x the picture, you still see every pixel from that 12.3 megapixel sensor. I really just love the tripod mode on this lens, in this camera, even though it is really slow. Since it can zoom in so much, I just really do love it. I used tripod a lot, and for anybody who really does use tripods a lot, the live view mode is definitely a very, very good feature to have. You can get almost precise focusing with this live view feature. If you do it manually or with the autofocus mode, they’re both great. Now we’re gonna move on to more image quality type of stuff and the differences in image quality between the D200 and the D300, which I have here. Well first thing of course the most people gonna notice is the 12.3 megapixel sema sensor at the D300. The D200 previously had a megapixel CCD sensor, which is the exact same as the D80’s sensor. And really to tell you the truth, there’s not much of a difference in terms of sharpness and resolution at all. 12.3 megapixel is not big an upgrade from 10, for those who wanna know. But there is definitely image quality improvements in terms of noise, especially between the cameras. The D300 performs better than any other consumer digital SLR on the market in terms of noise. All the way from 200, all the way up to 3, 3200, it is amazing performance. Although when you go up higher and higher due to the noise reduction system that is use, you do get softness in the images, especially around 1600 and 3200 ISO. But you definitely don’t get that much noise at all, especially when you compare it to the D200 or for instance the D2x or something like that. Now I’m gonna over a couple of features in the D300 that really make the image quality rock in this camera. First thing is active delighting, which is found also in the shooting when you knew the live view. Now the active delighting actually lights up, high lights shadows in your picture. So basically, if you’re taking pictures for instance of a mountain with deep shadow, like a sunset type of thing, you can switcn it on to active delighting and bring out those shadows to be a little bit brighter so you can see more details on the shadows. Now many people who have had an Nikon have a delighting feature in the editing section of the camera, like for instance the D80 has, and like me probably knows it doesn’t work to well. The D300’s active delighting works amazingly well, I wasn’t expecting this to be a great feature and it really, really is. There’s no image quality lost when you use this, even at high active delighting mode. And it has saved me several, several images, it really does bring out those high lights without disrupting the image quality or bringing in noise to the image. It is really a great feature and it’s especially grave your nature with landscape type shooter who shoots of lots of those different types of situations where there’s lots of shadows. Next, what controls image quality is the picture control of the D300. Let me get your picture controls right here and you go in there, we got four different things. You can even look at this on the grid in terms of saturation and contrast just like that. Now as you can see vivid is way over there, coz I set it up really high on saturation. Now one thing that I wanna tell you for sure is that this is a great type of set up, much better than the previous one, and it’s definitely much better than for instance the D80’s and the D200 colors. In terms of color, the D300 destroys every other Nikon camera on the market today. Color is very, very vivid on this camera, and I love it to death because of that, especially if you’re a nature type of person who likes to take pictures of outside and lights that color will stick out this is great on the D300 and save me tons of work in photoshop and stuff like that and I love it to death. Another thing that’s really neat about this camera is it has choromo aboration control on the sensor. As you know the 18-200 mil lens is quite a bit of chromo aboration in the corners especially. But with the D300, the chromo aboration actually goes away pretty much even with the 18-200 millimeter lens, it’s pretty much gone on the images. And I love that it also saves time out of photoshop, and it doesn’t distort image quality whatsoever. So that is definitely another useful feature that improves the image quality in the D300. And that’s just about all for the D300, and I’m also gonna be putting on some more detailed overviews about certain settings on the D300 as well to give you more in depth review, and this has been a review of the Nikon D300.