I have not taken many photographs while on vacation, my time at the beach is reserved for laying in the sun drinking beer and reading, and I have done just that. But with Shane along there is places I must go like the boardwalk. Before I got the D300 night time hand held without flash was not an option, but with this camera I love it and don't carry the flash at times I used to. Both of these shots were taken after 10:00 p.m. hand held at ISO 2500. Noise, what noise? Step aside Canon, Nikon is back in the lead. Dang I love this camera.