Hands On D3 and D300 Impressions: Beefy and Beautiful

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Click to viewAfter holding the D3 and D300 for several minutes, the Digital Rebel XTi I'm using (blasphemy at a Nikon event, I know) feels like a fucking toy—when I fired the D3 on burst mode, I felt like Arnold firing the minigun in T2 between the rapid clacking and the weight. I've never held a more solid-feeling camera, though. (The D300 isn't exactly a featherweight either, but you won't need to swallow some spinach beforehand.) And the LCD screens: gorgeous. You could watch movies on them. Jump to keep reading and see the D300 from all angles.

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I did have a bit of trouble navigating the D3's controls despite the emphatically touted Italian design and had to ask for some help, but I wasn't overly familiar with its predecessor, which could be why I had some trouble. The D300 has a simpler layout, so I had an easier time. But you can look at the huge galleries and decide for yourself on the new layout.

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The one down spot is that they were really adamant about me not cribbing a sample shot from either camera to upload, the reason being the cameras are stilled considered "prototypes" and not "mass production" models. Still, it's a little disappointing/disconcerting.

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DISCUSSION

Chinsen: It's funny because only the D40 (and arguably the D50) are meant to compete with Rebels. The 70/70s/80/anything else are all competitors to the Canon 20D/30D/forthcoming 40D and above. Does the Nikon D200 feel like a more solid Camera than a Rebel? Yes. Does it feel more like top-class electronics compared to a Canon 1Ds Mark III? Not so much. So yeah, if you compare the better/more expensive Nikons to the Rebels, of course the Rebels will lose.

You're comparing two different classes of products here. Saying a Ferrari feels more like a real super car than a Passat is inappropriate not only because they're in different leagues but because there are other VW supercars you could compare them to (Lambos!).