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Nikon D3 FX DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
|Price:||$3,999.95 & FREE Shipping|
- Capture images to CF I/II cards
- Fast, accurate 51-point AF with 3D Focus Tracking
- 3.0-inch, super density 920,000-dot VGA color monitor , 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection
- 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor
- Continuous shooting at up to 9 frames-per-second at full FX resolution
- 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor
- 3.0-inch, super density 920,000-dot VGA color monitor; 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||9.03 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||922,000|
|Display Technology||TFT active matrix|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II) x2|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Hot-shoe plus Sync connector|
|Focus Description||Multi-CAM3500 FX|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|ISO Range||200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (100 - 25600 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||5:4, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||6.18 x 3.46 x 6.3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.7 pounds|
|Item Weight||2.87 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||28 grams|
|Lithium Battery Weight||2.25 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||n/a|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,256|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||23.9 x 36mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Comprehensive Dust Reduction System|
|Shipping Weight||6.9 pounds|
|Shooting Modes||LiveView shooting: Handheld mode, tripod mode|
|Viewfinder Type||Fixed eye-level pentaprism|
From the Manufacturer
Designed with sports photographers and photojournalists in mind, the Nikon D3 introduces an astounding list of brand new features and technologies that make it the most sophisticated and advanced Nikon digital SLR to date. In addition to the new FX- format CMOS sensor, the D3 incorporates Nikon’s new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to the blazing speed and processing power needed for many of the D3’s new features.
The 12.1 effective megapixel D3 features Nikon’s new FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. With the fastest start-up time, shortest viewfinder blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any digital SLR camera, as well as the capability to shoot up to nine frames per second at full FX-format resolution, the D3 is the world’s fastest digital SLR camera in its class.
The D3 is designed for professional use in demanding conditions. The exterior of the D3 is crafted of magnesium alloy and the camera’s shutter mechanism is tested to 300,000-cycle releases. The 3-inch LCD is strengthened with tempered glass and the D3’s comprehensive array of rubber gaskets and seals protect vulnerable entry points from dust and moisture.
Nikon D3 Digital SLR Highlights
New, 12.1 effective megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) sensor The D3’s new and original 12.1 effective megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor features a series of technologies that enable it to deliver superior quality pictures throughout the camera’s exceptionally broad ISO range. In addition, the sensor’s high-speed 12-channel readout allows the camera to shoot 12.1-megapixel images at up to nine frames per second.
Wide sensitivity range The camera’s ISO sensitivity range is extremely broad, allowing photographers to shoot low-noise photographs in a variety of situations. The camera’s normal range is from ISO 200 to 6400, and this range can be extended using the camera’s built-in settings of Lo-1 and Hi-2 for the equivalent of ISO 100 and ISO 25,600, respectively.
High-speed performance The D3 is designed to deliver high-speed performance in virtually any situation. With a shutter release time lag of only 37 milliseconds, camera start-up time of 0.12 seconds, and continuous shooting speed of up to nine frames per second with full resolution 12.1 megapixel images, the D3 is the world’s fastest digital SLR camera in its class.* The D3 is also capable of shooting at up to 11 frames per second when using the camera’s DX- format mode, with 5.1-megapixel images. The Nikon D3 is also compliant with UDMA memory cards, enabling recording speeds of up to 35 megabytes per second.
* As of August, 2007; among cameras featuring an imaging sensor similar to the size of 35mm film.
New EXPEED Image Processing System The D3 features Nikon’s new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to the speed and processing power of the camera. EXPEED delivers optimized performance for the camera and its features, and ensures high-image quality and high-speed image processing.
Versatile new Picture Control System Nikon’s new Picture Control System, featured in the D3, allows photographers to fine-tune and adjust fundamental rendering options for their pictures so they can define the exact tone, sharpening, brightness and saturation they prefer. They can then port these settings to any other Nikon camera featuring the Picture Control System, such as the recently introduced D300, so that even when shooting with different cameras, they can get consistent tones for all their pictures.
New 51-point auto focus system The D3 features Nikon’s Multi-CAM 3500FX auto focus sensor module, with 51 AF points, including 15 cross-type sensors that are located in the center of the frame. These cross-type sensors work with all Nikkor lenses, including those with apertures as small as f/5.6. The D3’s auto focus system is closely linked with the camera’s innovative Scene Recognition System to deliver greater accuracy in subject detection and focus tracking performance.
Revolutionary new Scene Recognition System Nikon’s D3 features a revolutionary new Scene Recognition System that greatly enhances the accuracy of auto exposure, auto white balance detection and auto focus in the camera. The Scene Recognition System uses the camera’s built-in, 1,005-pixel RGB metering sensor to recognize the subject or scene being photographed and detect any movement. This information helps optimize exposure and white balance settings for the recognized subject and also enables the camera to assign appropriate AF points based on any movement of the subject, ensuring highly precise auto focus tracking performance.
Super-density, 3-inch VGA, TFT LCD monitor with 920,000-dot resolution The D3 features a gorgeous, ultra high-definition 3-inch LCD monitor with 920,000-dot resolution. The monitor provides a 170-degree viewing angle and is very effective in confirming focus on pictures as well as framing a shot using the camera’s new LiveView modes.
LiveView shooting with two optimized modes Two new LiveView modes in the D3 enable photographers to compose their shot using the camera’s ultra-high resolution LCD monitor. The Tripod mode is designed for precise focus and accuracy when the camera is on a stable platform and the subject is not moving. In this mode, the camera focuses on the subject using focal-plane contrast and any point on the LCD screen can be selected as the focus point for the picture. The second mode, called Handheld mode, allows photographers to use the camera’s conventional TTL focusing system, with all 51 points and 15 cross-type points available. When using this mode, the camera activates focusing immediately when the shutter button is pressed, to ensure accurate focus.
Active D-Lighting Nikon’s D-Lighting feature in its digital SLR cameras has proved to be a popular way for photographers to quickly compensate for dark areas of a picture after it is taken, without adversely affecting its highlights. The D3 now features an Active D-Lighting mode that when enabled provides remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image contrast. Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time can be shortened.
Reliable and durable The D3 is designed to perform reliably and consistently under the most demanding conditions. The exterior of the D3 is crafted of magnesium alloy, and numerous seals are used throughout the body to protect the camera against dust and moisture. The camera’s shutter employs blades made of a hybrid of carbon fiber and Kevlar and is tested to 300,000 cycles. The camera also features a Self Diagnostic Shutter Monitor that ensures the accuracy and precision of the shutter at all times.
Fine-tune adjustment for auto focus Photographers who need to make small adjustments to correct differences in focusing can do so using the D3’s built-in capability to adjust focus specific to a lens. The camera offers the option of either setting compensation for a specific lens so adjustment in focus is only enabled when that particular lens is used, or the camera can apply a uniform level of compensation for any lens used with the camera. Users can store settings for up to 20 different lenses if they prefer to fine-tune the camera’s focusing based on specific lenses.
Designed for ergonomics, by Giugiaro The D3 is built around the central theme of ergonomics and the camera’s exterior form is designed by world renowned Italian design house, Giugiaro. Every aspect of the D3 is fine-tuned to be ergonomic and help photographers seamlessly work with the camera. Its slightly inclined command dial, comfortable hand-grip, and curves on the pentaprism top, grip and side panels are all part of a new design theme.
Review from Wired.com: Nikon D3 is Light-Years Ahead of Other Prosumer-Grade Shooters
Out of the box and straight up to the eye you'll immediately enjoy the spacious and bright viewfinder. The noticeably improved 51-point auto focus system is whip-fast and works in concert with an outstanding 1005-pixel metering sensor that gets it right in the most challenging lighting. Images are beautifully consistent with a wide dynamic range and improved noise reduction settings that give the pictures a more natural look. To achieve that end, Nikon pulled back on the sharpening levels, leaving the choice of added "crunchiness" to a photographer's post production predilections. Read the full Nikon D3 digital SLR review review at Wired.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
While those features were the most compelling ones in my view, there are plenty of others that are a big plus, such as:
~ 9 frames per second
~ 51 point AF
~ Live View
~ 12mp CMOS sensor, self-cleaning on D300
~ A new 3" LCD--about 4x the resolution as previous LCDs.
The list goes on, but you should read the tech specs and professional reviews. Suffice it to say it is loaded with features and handles like an absolute dream!
Compared to Canon's $8000 professional models, this camera has a very clear advantage. Sure you lose some megapixels compared to the MarkIII, but that's not so important for the majority of (but not all) photographers.
Another thought . . . while this is a good deal at $4999 compared to Canon, you can get almost the same camera for $1799, with the D300. If you don't need a full frame . . . or the extra 1-stop high ISO, the D300 offers about 90 - 95% of the features and performance of the D3 for 40% of the price! If you want to get the best possible picture quality for the lowest possible price, consider the D300 and put the difference ($3200) on some of Nikon's great new professional lenses.Read more ›
lenses work better on this camera than they ever did before on ones which shot film. Probably because the camera corrects the mistakes I make.
The colors are also wonderful. I like them vivid, and the D3 delivers. The dynamic lighting which tones down the
highlights and brings out the shadows without messing up to colors is also great.
I would recommend this camera to anyone who has the bucks, otherwise the D300 is nearly as good for less
than half, if you don't mind DX format.
It has a TON of incredible features, but here are some of my favs:
I know everyone praises the low light abilities and they are outstanding. I am able to get landscapes that would have been impossible before. I normally had to shoot ISO 100, so a tripod was mandatory. Now I routinely use 400 and even 800! I can get into tight spots and hand-hold now! This feature alone has completely changed the way I do photography!
Another feature that I really like was the smaller AF areas. If you're doing wildlife, it makes it much easier to lock on to your subject when the animal is in heavy brush (you know, like all the time). The Canons would always have a hard time in these situations, the Nikon grabs the focus immediately.
One last feature I'm really excited about is the virtual horizon. It makes keeping the camera level just so much easier. It has two ways of showing it - the first is a big display on the back that looks like it's out of a 747 and is kind of useless. The second is to set your function button on the front of the camera for virtual horizon. Just press that in with your pinky while you look through the finder and the exposure meter turns into your virtual horizon. Just get it to "0" and you're level. Much easier to do than it sounds. I always thought My shots were level, but I was really surprised how often I needed a little tilt one way or the other.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own one D3 and two D2H and one D2X. All of them super, very close related, except for the D3 being a full frame. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RaGa
Arrived in EXCELLENT condition with all the bells and whistles. Manuals, etc., FAR exceeded my expectations!Published 17 months ago by Andrea
I thought the Nikon d2x was a beast but the d3 is absolutely the truth! The FX (full-frame) function is totally magnificent and the overall picture quality is far beyond what I... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dr. A.B.
Chances are, if you're looking at spending on a D3, you already know enough about photography and cameras to make a smart decision. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Matt
When the Nikon D3 came out back in 2008, I fell in love with it's look, feel and professional "attitude". I have used Nikons since 1971 so I have drunk gallons of their Kool-Aid. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Dom Miliano
I love the camera it was in perfect condition and was shipped very fast. The quality of the pictures is breathtaking. Thank you very much!Published on March 29, 2012 by Fresquez
a first class professional grade camera.image quality is magnificent.with the right type of glass,it becomes an excellent performer in any photography situation you can imagine. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by J. COLLETTE
The build quality is superb, I recently picked up a used one for half original price in like new condition. Outstanding value. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Kryptonite