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Nikon D3X Summary

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.

Nikon D3X Assessment

The Nikon D3X is the top-of-the-line full-frame DSLR from Nikon. It delivers the highest resolution of any DSLR at a continuous speed of 5 FPS with an ISO sensitivity range expandable to 50-6400. This large camera with integrated vertical grip provides lots of external controls in a professional weather-sealed body. Its extra large 100% coverage reflex viewfinder makes judging focus easy and framing comfortable and accurate.

While the D3X has an incredible and customizable feature set, there are two important features missing: a built-in flash and built-in dust reduction. Due to its considerable size, the D3X certainly does not afford discretion either. Nikon offers a D3S
Nikon D3S
which is nearly identical to the D3X but uses a 12 MP sensor that gives it improved low-light performance and faster continuous speed.

There are only 2 direct competitors to the D3X. Here you can compare the specifications of the Nikon D3X, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and Sony Alpha A900.

The most different is the Sony Alpha A900
Sony Alpha A900
which has a relatively compact body without a vertical grip which makes it much lighter while giving it considerably shorter battery life. The A900 is unique in that it offers built-in image stabilization which is effective with all lenses. While the A900 also has a larger viewfinder, its feature set is much simpler with only 9 AF points, no automatic backups, no image authentication, no viewfinder shutter, no digital level and no Average metering mode.

The Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
has a lower resolution of 21 MP, a lower resolution LCD, no digital level, a smaller continuous buffer, no automatic backups, no viewfinder shutter and no average metering mode. On the other hand it features the largest viewfinder of any DSLR and built-in dust reduction.

PROS CONS
Excellent resolution AWB Below competitors
Great ISO performance LCD overly reflective
Superb dynamic-range Limited Live-View
Reliable metering Limited ISO range
Good image colors No built-in flash
Super-fast autofocus No dust reduction
Instant shutter lag Heavy & bulky
Virtually no black-out Very expensive
Dual CF slots with Backup mode Vertical grip less comfortable
Built in viewfinder shutter Digital Level in OVF requires held button
Fast shot-to-shot speed
Wealth of controls
Great ergonomics
Highly customizable
Built like a tank
Top-notch battery-life
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

The bottom line is that the Nikon D3X has no equal which allows it to command a premium price over other Digital SLR cameras. Performance is top-notch and allows for very large prints of superb quality. It is flexible enough to be suitable for all types subjects and will be particularly rewarding for landscape and architecture photography.

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Related Information

Previous Models
Nikon D3S
Nikon D3S
- 12 Megapixels, ISO 100-102400, 9 FPS, 720p HD Video
Nikon D300S
Nikon D300S
- 12 Megapixels APS-C, ISO 200-6400, Dust-Reduction, 7 FPS, 720p HD Video, Lighter and smaller
Nikon D3X
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By Neocamera on 2011-09-28

Nikon D3X Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

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