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Nikon D3X 24.5MP FX CMOS Digital SLR with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)

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  • Extreme resolution 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED image processing technologies; 138 MB processed NEF (RAW) 12 or 14-bit image files
  • 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCD monitor; 100 percent viewfinder coverage
  • Two Live View shooting modes; continuous shooting at up to 5 fps at full FX-format resolution
  • Dual CF card slots with overflow, backup and copy options
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 inches ; 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001MJ03U0
  • Item model number: 25442
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,235 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 30, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Nikon is proud to announce the new 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) D3X digital SLR camera! Joining the award-winning 12.1-megapixel D3, the D3X brings extreme resolution performance to Nikon professional flagship-level D-SLRs. The D3X was meticulously engineered for professional photographers whose assignments demand nothing less than the ability to capture extreme fidelity, detail and nuance in ways now made possible with the amazing D3X.

D3X Digital SLR

Nikon Extreme Digital SLR Image Quality
In the studio or on location, the D3X faithfully captures NEF (RAW) files that, when processed, are approximately 138 MB! Of course, neither a Nikon 24.5-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor nor 138 MB files are of value unless they deliver truly superior image quality. And in this regard, the new D3X exceeds expectations. Like its 12.1-megapixel D3 counterpart, the D3X features Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing technologies teamed with the proprietary Nikon Scene Recognition System to ensure the utmost in image fidelity, low noise, faster, more accurate autofocus and amazing file processing speed that makes continuous shooting at up to five frames per second possible. In addition, the D3X’s ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 1600 (with Lo1, 50 and Hi 2 up to 6400) is mindful of the needs of photographers specializing in commercial, fashion and fine art photography.

Nikon Professional D-SLR System Synergy
Nikon engineers understand that the needs of professional photographers vary with their assignments. Nikon also understands that a photographer's workflow can be seriously impacted by cameras with widely dissimilar handling, which is why the D3X takes its design cues from the enormously successful D3. Logical and familiar control layout integrates with rugged, reliable construction. And like the D3, the D3X features Nikon’s 51-point AF system with 3D focus tracking. A bright 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot LCD monitor offers precise image review, along with razorsharp, 27x magnification for fast, critical confirmation of focus in one of two Live View modes, all of which contribute to the D3X’s professional potency.

More Nikon D3X Highlights

CMOS Sensor
Extreme resolution 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
Large 5.49µm pixels capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding commercial applications.

Nikon EXPEED image processing technologies
EXPEED extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISOs.

D3X Sample Image
138 MB1 Processed NEF (RAW) 12 or 14 bit image files
Selectable bit depths of 12-bit (4,096 tones) or 14-bit (16,384 tones), both yielding incredible image quality through a 16-bit processing pipeline, for smoother tonal gradations.

Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600
Added ISO settings of Lo-1 ISO 50, Hi-1 ISO 3200 and Hi-2 ISO 6400 extend versatility.

Two Live View shooting modes
Two Live View modes add flexibility, and up to 27x magnification in the Tripod Mode, acute focusing accuracy is easily confirmed.

Continuous shooting at up to 5 fps at full FX-format resolution
Commercial image quality teams with speed and handling to create new shooting possibilities--in the studio or on location.

Fast, accurate 51-point AF system
AF system features 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking, for autofocus precision and razor sharpness.

1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System
Two Nikon exclusive technologies provide intelligent auto exposure capabilities along with refined auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate A performance.

D3X LCD Display
3-inch super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCD monitor
Individual factory calibration assures the color accuracy of each D3X monitor for critical image review.

Additional Features
  • Rugged, durable and precise magnesium-alloy construction
  • 100 percent viewfinder coverage
  • Nikon Picture Control
  • Dual CF card slots with overflow, backup and copy options
  • Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator
  • Up to 4,400 images per battery charge
D3X Body Construction

What's in the Box

D3x body, rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-D3X, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM

Product Description

Nikon is proud to announce the new 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) D3X digital SLR camera! Joining the award-winning 12.1-megapixel D3, the D3X brings extreme resolution performance to Nikon professional flagship-level D-SLRs. The D3X was meticulously engineered for professional photographers whose assignments demand nothing less than the ability to capture extreme fidelity, detail and nuance in ways now made possible with the amazing D3X.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

As a full time professional photographer and Nikon enthusiast for thirty years, I finally have THE digital camera…Coupled with Nikon's best glass, the results are stunning. Read more ›
This camera is like a fine tuned porsche and built like a tank. The pictures are amazing in raw and jpg. Bought a couple for the gran kids and they love them too. Read more ›
a world class professional camera.amazing image quality continues from the d3 to this 24.5 mp technological wonder.i bought used,at half of its original costs,and couldnt… Read more ›
Unless you have a need for video in your SLR, it is really hard to find fault with this camera. Exceptional image quality, reliable, and built like a tank. The D3x retained… Read more ›
I guess this is not…Once you have it in your hands, and you shoot the first photos and look at the amazing quality, then you forget about the high price you paid for it... Read more ›
The curve used to sharpen image in the production of RAW image from this top of the line Nikon camera is highly non linear and results in an impression that everything is… Read more ›
[...] For a camera of this resolution and detail, the performance at higher ISO is spectacular. I previously used a Hasselblad H2 with a Phase One P45+ and with that I… Read more ›
I didn't buy the camera to shoot at ISO…Those unbelievable ISO 100 files are what I bought the camera for, and it is certainly worth its price for its low-ISO performance! Read more ›
When I'm comparing film to a digital setup,…I shoot everything serious in RAW at maximum bit depth at or near base ISO, and I have rarely used any film faster than ISO 100. Read more ›
ISO 400 on the D3x is very usable - it looks roughly like an ISO 100 file from a 1Ds mk II in terms of noise - it may have extra dynamic range, which I wouldn't have seen… Read more ›
I am completely spoiled now. I shot a commercial assignment on location at Biltmore and the detail is amazing and just has a lovely quality. Be warned though..it was a… Read more ›
Paired with a suitable lens, the detail is amazing...and other qualities, the more subjective ones like contrast and color, are hard to describe but are excellent and for… Read more ›
I tried the 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8 and the 85mm f/1.4. All three produced amazingly detailed and clear pictures that had a lot of pop to them. I'm not sure what the… Read more ›
Prints 24x36 inches (a 25x enlargement) very comfortably, even examining the print from a few inches away. Files appear sharp and detailed on screen at 100% Read more ›
Colors are stunning. Worried about low light problems with high ISOs. Read more ›
Like almost all Nikon professional products, it is built for durability and…The images produced are sharp and rich in color (even when set to the "neutral" mode). The… Read more ›
The D70 was a masterpiece of its time. Shutter lag was no longer an annoyance, and 6 meg could make crisp enlargements with rich colors. The D200 moved into the consumer… Read more ›
Ordered Nikon D3x camera and two 16gb compact flash cards. I called Amazon and Nikon before ordering the cards and was told they would be okay for the D3x. Read more ›
I called Amazon and Nikon before ordering the cards and was told they…When I got the camera, the manual showed a max of 8gb compact flash cards (various types and brands). Read more ›
Apparently, dad's with baby photo's, weekend warriors, and other such raters think this is a 'sling'ona…Well, news flash kiddo's...it's a pro cam with a pro-price! We… Read more ›
Detail is astonishing, at low ISO it is unrivaled, virtually noise-free, clean, artifact-free, and with a world-class output pixel-level detail. Resolution is amazing. Read more ›
The files from this camera are the best that I have ever seen, stunning resolution that I have not seen in any other digital camera. It sure is not for everyone, but if you… Read more ›
Battery life is excellent, and construction like a tank. Read more ›
I could literally see seperate eye lashes of a camel, and elephant, even the lion shots some at…I love the build of both the D3 amd D3X, sturdy, heavy to some, solid to me. Read more ›
The big issue with this camera is that it is fooling the eye of many because many people in the current photography fad associate destructive sharpness and noise… Read more ›
I use this camera mostly at ISO 100; the files delivered are amazingly noise-free. Sure, any camera can deliver at its base ISO...but you truly need to study these files to… Read more ›
Can't stomach the cost, invest in some good glass. A good lens will always hold its value. Read more ›
I love the controls and layout of both cameras which if you like one you'll like the other they are identical as far as I can tell, I have not closely examend each menu item. Read more ›
UPDATE: 1/9/2011- I rescind my approval of the 24-120 lens. The quality may be there of you're using a DX sensor body, but with an FX (full frame) sensor. The edges begin… Read more ›
Color resolution is ok about average for Nikon. It is a fast little camera with good focus. In my opinion, the sensor market is changing rapidly and this camera will be… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Low Hounds on December 29, 2008
Owned a D3 for one and a half years and traded in for the D3x after trying out the new model for a day. My review is not about price - for the record I think Nikon stretched the barrier on the price point for this which I am not happy about - but as far as performance goes I am happy. The D3x results is are perceptibly superior for landscape and macro photography - which is what I typically shoot - even on just A3+ prints.... so I can imagine that the results would be that much better for larger sizes. Just as many of you, I have also read arguments on the net re the megapixel myth ad nauseam and was half convinced about it but nothing speaks as clearly as prints (and I'm comparing studio shots of the same subject taken with the two different cameras).

Have not tried the D3x for sports photography yet but I suspect that unless you are shooting either motor-sports or winter sports, the moderately slower 5fps in large FX mode compared with the 7fps for the D3 is not going to be an issue.

I also spent a day with the Sony Alpha-900 given that is the only other player in a similar mega-pixel category. The output was all right but overall just not in the same league as the D3x in terms of handling, build quality etc etc (I'm probably biased as I am very familiar with Nikon controls - just found the Sony too 'fiddly' and 'plasticky' and couldn't see myself spending hours with it without getting irritated).

Early days with the camera but so far it feels like one of the best DSLR's I have used especially when the medium format alternatives would involve rendering my large pile of Nikon lenses useless and the replacement cost would be prohibitive. As mentioned earlier the D3x pricing is a different issue altogether and I think that the right price point would have been around $2K lower......will update if and when I discover any shortfalls or glitches.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By gregr on March 10, 2009
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A little context...I've shot a lot with a D200, even more with a D3, and most recently with the D3x. Most of my work is in fashion, with a small bit of commercial product work here and there.

I must say - the images this camera produces are truly stunning. Paired with a suitable lens, the detail is amazing...and other qualities, the more subjective ones like contrast and color, are hard to describe but are excellent and for my work, exceed the D3's already excellent capabilities.

But all the detail in the world can't help you if you can't count on the camera to deliver the shot...and that's where handling comes into play. The D3 is, IMHO, the best-handling DSLR body in the world - a combination of the autofocus system and the camera controls (and the metering system, but I'm usually shooting in manual so don't rely on it often). The D3x handles identically to the D3x (save for the frame rate), which is exactly what I would have hoped for.

I use this camera mostly at ISO 100; the files delivered are amazingly noise-free. Sure, any camera can deliver at its base ISO...but you truly need to study these files to really understand the cleanliness and enlargement potential.

All in all, this is exactly what I hoped Nikon would deliver. Sure, I'd rather it was cheaper...but if you want the best image quality in digital 35mm format that money can buy, this is it.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By G. Patrick Byers on July 25, 2009
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I purchased and reviewed the Nikon D3 earlier and decided to keep it when I purchased the D3X. The reason I kept the D3 is that I shoot sports, low light, outdoors etc. The capability of shooting with such high ISO settings, high frame rate is what persuaded me to not trade it in. I did not realize just how much more detail the D3X would result in. I also had been almost convinced that higher megapixels is a waste over kill etc. It most certainly isn't unless you are dealing with small prints, snapshots, presenting just on internet along this line, then it would be a waste. If however you are like me, a want to be professional, larger the image the better, with extreme clarity, detail, conatrast, in a word stunning, then you must try to test out the D3X. I question my decision to keep the D3 but found at recent Zoo outing that both cameras came in handy. I had the Nikon 200mm F/2 lens on the D3X to shoot at greater distance and for the close intight shots, and had the 24mm to 70mm Nikon zoom on the D3. I was able to take about 150 shots on each camera, and found a few I liked because of the composition of my shots, not because of either camera, both are amazing. I found when you view a picture at 100% size from the D3X, I shoot in RAW in both cameras, the results are simply amazing. I could literally see seperate eye lashes of a camel, and elephant, even the lion shots some at a good distance convinced me that if I make it as a photographer it will be in large part of Nikon D3X, D3 and lenses. I love the build of both the D3 amd D3X, sturdy, heavy to some, solid to me. I lugged both cameras around with the above mentioned lenses, along with 2 extra lenses for 7 hours at the Denver Zoo. I spent maybe an hour all day with periodic rest stops. I would do it again and I'll be 60 in a few months.Read more ›
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alister Benn on January 25, 2010
I bought a D3x this week and the first thing I wanted to do was compare it to the two other bodies in our household: my wife's Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D700. I have written a full article on my website and linked full-sized image galleries from there also that people can download and review on their own computers.

[...] For a camera of this resolution and detail, the performance at higher ISO is spectacular. I previously used a Hasselblad H2 with a Phase One P45+ and with that I don't think I ever shot it above ISO 100 and it is a very very slow camera back. The D3x is the pinnacle of the DSLR hierarchy right now, a fabulous tool... Highly recommended.
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