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Nikon D3X Indoor Crops

25 Megapixels25 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexLevel: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Here, the Nikon D3X is compared to the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
, the current image-quality champion among cropped-sensor DSLR cameras. All images below are 100% unmodified crops from their respective cameras. Both cameras were set to F/8 in aperture-priority mode with fixed ISO and custom white-balance. As usual, the cameras were calibrated to give the highest quality and most realistic results possible.

The Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
was used on the Nikon D3X while the Pentax K-5 used the Pentax DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM
Pentax DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM
.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As image noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon D3X Pentax K-5

ISO 50

ISO 80

ISO 100

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 6400

The Nikon D3X and Pentax K-5, while being introduced two years apart, show surprisingly similar results. This is an amazing achievement for both showing that it took two years for APS-C sensors to match the pixel quality of full-frame sensors, yet the Nikon D3X has 50% more resolution which lets it produce much larger prints with the same quality.

The standard ISO range shows impeccable results up to 1600 with a slight lead to the K-5. The expanded ISO 3200 and 6400 settings show more noise but actually less noise-reduction softness. On the low end, the expanded ISO 50 setting shows a strong color-shift while not improving image quality compared to the base ISO.


ISO 12800

ISO 25600

ISO 51200
Nikon D3X
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By on 2011/09/28
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Nikon D3X Facts

SLR digital camera
25 Megapixels DSLRISO 50-6400
Nikon F Mount
1X FLM

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Extra Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
1 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
5 FPS Drive, 70 ImagesHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Compact Flash x 2
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