Versatile, easy-to-use Speedlight, compatible with Nikon D-SLRs and COOLPIX cameras equipped with an accessory shoe. Ideal for novice photographers, this compact and lightweight external flash unit is a handy way to control the quality and direction of light for creative, beautifully lit images.
The unit attaches easily to the camera's accessory shoe and can be tilted up to 120°. Diffuse or soften light by 'bouncing' the flash off the ceiling. Use it to add impact to daylight images, enhance twilight shots or expose subject detail even in tough backlit situations.
Portable flash unit: The ideal piece of kit to have at hand when you need more light, or want to add a creative touch to your images. i-TTL compatible.
Compatible with Nikon D-SLRs and COOLPIX cameras equipped with an accessory shoe.
Versatile coverage: A guide number of 18/59 (m/ft at ISO 100) lets you illuminate distant subjects even in low-light conditions.
Direct the light: The flash head tilts up to 120°, giving you the freedom to angle the light just the way you want. Get creative with shots by ‘bouncing’ the flash off the ceiling or walls.
Easy operation: Simple to operate, the unit attaches directly to the camera’s accessory shoe.
Thermal cut out function: Prevents damage to the flash due to overheating during high-intensity firing.
AAA-size batteries: Powered by two AAA-size batteries, which are readily available across the world.
Firmware is updatable via the camera body.
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number (20°C/68°F)
18/59 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Angle of illumination
Covers angle of view of 27 mm lens (FX format) or 18 mm lens (DX format)
Effective flash range (i-TTL)
0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 66 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity, bounce angle, and aperture
Options available using camera controls
Flash control mode: i-TTL, manual; Flash mode: Fill flash (front-curtain sync), front-curtain with slow sync, rearcurtain sync, and rear-curtain with slow sync
Flash rotates vertically up to 120° with stops where the flash is pointing directly ahead and at 60°, 75°, 90°, and 120°
Power switch used to turn SB-300 on and off
Two AAA alkaline or NiMH batteries
Charging complete: Lights; Warning: Blinks
Lights for about 1/1650 s when fired at full power
Mounting foot lock lever
Locking pin prevents accidental detachment
Thermal cut-out, firmware update 4
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm (2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 in.)
Approx. 120 g (4.2 oz), including two AAA alkaline batteries; Approx. 97 g (3.4 oz), body only
Soft Case SS-DC1
1. Figures are for fresh batteries; actual results may vary with performance and other factors even among batteries of identical ages and makes.
2. Time between flash firing at full power and flash-ready light illuminating when flash is fired once every 30 s.
3. Number of times flash can be fired at full power with flash-ready light illuminating within 30 s.
4. Firmware can be updated from camera. Specifications subject to change without notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this manual may contain. Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a unit with fresh batteries operating at the temperature specified by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA): 23 ±3°C (73.4 ±5.4°F).