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Nikon D3 Digital FX D-SLR Camera Body, 12.1 FX Format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS Sensor, USA Warranty.

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About Nikon

Nikon D3 Professional digital imaging without compromise. A Nikon-original 12.1- megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor, teamed with exclusive Nikon EXPEED digital image processing technology, faithfully captures incredible edge-to-edge sharpness, rich color depth and broad tonal range for astounding image superiority.

Extraordinary image quality, combined with continuous shooting at up to 9 frames-per- second and low-noise performance at up to ISO 6400, results in unparalleled pro D-SLR versatility. A fast and accurate 51-area AF system becomes even more intelligent with Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System. The SRS now obtains additional data from Nikon's famous 1,005-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, assuring even more accurate exposures and white balance detection.

Precise image review and menu access comes to life with the D3's bright, tempered glass-protected, wideangle, 3-inch, 920,000-dot VGA TFT LCD monitor.

Add a rugged self-diagnostic shutter, tested to a market-leading 300,000 cycles, housed in a magnesium alloy chassis that is comprehensively sealed against dust and moisture, and the D3 becomes yet another example of legendary Nikon durability, all adding up to uncompromised professional digital imaging.

Nikon Features

  • A Nikon-original 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor, inconcert with Nikon's exclusive digital image processing system, delivers breathtakingly rich image quality, while also reducing noise to unprecedented levels with even higher ISOs.
  • Continuous shooting at up to 9 frames-per-second at full FX resolution and up to 11fps inng and tempered-glass protection makes it possible for even mothe DX Crop mode, offers uncompromised shooting speeds for fast-action and sports photography.
  • Extreme Low-noise ISO range with Advanced Noise Reduction enables photographers to confidently select from 200-6400 ISO with an expanded range that includes Lo-1 (100 ISO) Hi-1 (12,800 ISO) and Hi-2 (25,600 ISO)
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF with 3D Focus Tracking and three Dynamic AF modes deliver exacting autofocus precision at blazing speeds.
  • The 3.0-inch super density 920,000-dot VGA color monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection makes it possible for even more critical image review.
  • Two LiveView shooting modes, Hand-held or Tripod is perfect when shooting in a studio, remote situations or from obscure angles.
  • Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System (SRS), with an improved 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, provides even more intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with smarter auto white balance and faster, more accurate AF performance.
  • Nikon's Self-diagnostic shutter system, tested to 300,000 cycles, is a clear indication of advanced engineering and durable construction.
  • New Picture Control settings give photographers dramatically advanced color control with 4 preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, as well as 9 customizable settings.

Nikon Specifications

Single-lens reflex digital camera
Recording Medium
CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), Microdrive
Lens Mount
1) DX AF Nikkor: All functions except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) image sizer
2) D-/G-type AF Nikkor: All functions
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Sensor Type
CMOS sensor, 36.0 x 23.9 mm; total pixels: 12.87 million; Nikon FX format
Effective Pixels
12.1 million
Total Pixels
12.87 million
Image File Format
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80%
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60%
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal quality
File Size

FX format: (36 x 24): 4,256 x 2,832 /3,184 x 2,120 / 2,128 x 1,416
5:4 (30 x 24): 3,552 x 2,832 / 2,656 x 2,120 / 1,776 x 1,416
DX format (24 x 16): 2,784 x 1,848 / 2,080 x 1,384 / 1,392 x 920
SLR Type, fixed eye-level Pentaprism type; built-in diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0 )
Eyepoint: 18mm (-1.0)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 100% (vertical and horizontal)
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0)
LCD Monitor
3-in", approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Depth-of-Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user
Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation
Focusing Modes
1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Metering Modes
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II, color matrix metering
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8, 15, or 20 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame
3) Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range

1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20C/68F)
Exposure Control Systems
1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program, 2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S), 3) Aperture-Priority Auto (A), 4) Manual (M)
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 to 6,400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV; sensitivity decreases approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 (ISO 100 equivalent) EV below ISO 200, and increases approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 (ISO 12,800 equivalent), or 2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent) EV over ISO 6,400
Exposure Compensation
+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
White Balance

Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor);
Seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; white balance bracketing: 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
External Flash
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
PC Terminal
ISO 519 standard terminal
Sync Speed
= 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
Drive Modes
Single frame shooting mode - Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: 1 to 9 frames per second - Continuous high-speed shooting mode: 9 frames per second (9-11 fps with DX format), Liveview [LV] mode, Self-timer [ ] mode, Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Computer Interface
Hi-Speed USB
Video Output
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
(W x H x D) Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.)
Approx. 1,240 g (2.7 lb.) without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
Operating Temperature Range
Temperature: 0-40C/32-104F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
Start Up Time
Quick response of 0.12 sec. power-up
Shutter Lag
37 milliseconds
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Most Liked Positive Review


Everything is as advertised. Awesome !

Since early December I have used my new D3 on several on location engagement & formal sessions and on 3 weddings at the time of this review. I just can't find any major flaws. The high iso was my biggest motivating factor for getting this camera and this feature is everything it suppose to be. Shooting b/w 2000 & 3200 is just as clean as 800 is on my D200. Even at 4000 to 5000 iso is very clean ... Shooting around 5000 to 6400 there may be some minor noise in the shadows, but I would not hesi...

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Since early December I have used my new D3 on several on location engagement & formal sessions and on 3 weddings at the time of this review. I just can't find any major flaws. The high iso was my biggest motivating factor for getting this camera and this feature is everything it suppose to be. Shooting b/w 2000 & 3200 is just as clean as 800 is on my D200. Even at 4000 to 5000 iso is very clean ... Shooting around 5000 to 6400 there may be some minor noise in the shadows, but I would not hesitate shooting at 6400 if I had to in low lit church.For a wedding photographer that wants to capture more available light shots without using a long shutter, then this camera is worth the investment. It is a bit heavy, especially w/ the 70-200 lens. (but if you are moving up from the D2x then there is not to much of a difference). The auto white balance is good, but for me I find that using Kelvin is more accurate. The battery life is excellent. I average approx. 800 shots at a wedding and I am usually left w/ 40 to 50% of battery life. The 3" screen is bright, accurate and the pics just look great on it.In summery ... if your a professional photographer and shoot on location then this camera is worth the [$] investment. The D3 performs as advertised.


Most Liked Negative Review


Glad to buy it !!

Very Good

Reviewed by 30 customers


Excellent Professional Camera Still Relevant Today


The Nikon D3 camera body is as well constructed and reliable as any Nikon DSLR to date. With a full frame sensor of 12 megapixels, I have enlarged images to 24" x 36" with virtually no loss in resolution, as is the case of the photo below of an African Lion.


Love this camera


love it plain and simple


Great camera, worth the price


I bought the D3 as an upgrade from the D700. I use it to take pictures of my kids playing high school-level sports indoors. What a difference from the D700! Pictures are sharper, and even in low light the action is frozen perfectly. Effordless multiple shooting (takes a while to get used to, the trigger is very sensitive). Just make sure you have a decent lens (like Nikon 80-200 2.8). The same camera and lens used by the local newspaper guy!


Glad to buy it !!


Very Good


GReat camera! Great service!


I could not have asked for a better exerience. Customer service is tops at Adorama! I can buy used and know that what I am getting is quality equipment. I have wanted this Nikon for a long time, and it was at a price I couldn't pass up. I will have this camera for a long,long time! Thanks Adorama for making dreams come true!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I've got the Reining champion of 35 mm cameras; the D3!


I've owned the D3 (seems like forever?). Love springs eternally. Noise upon shutter release has not affected my results. I'm far away with the appropriate lens. I shoot fast action sports and environmental portraits. Feels as though the camera were made for my hands. We make a great team. Has a fantastically solid feel. The camera is the star of shooters at my sporting events. Have used in all sorts of non-perfect weather with outstanding results. I utilize many Nikon interchangeable lenses, very smoothly performed. If you know where the peak action spot is, and you focus there, you'll never miss it with this baby. The system also tracks action very well for me. Richard.


Used Nikon D3


I use this camera in my sports work and found it to be in above average condition for a used D3.


Awesome camera


I have owned several Nikon cameras and recently upgraded to the D3. This camera is amazingly fast and the image quality is excellent.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Sharpness Redefined


I have had my D3 now for a little more than a month and it has exceeded every expectation I ever had. My primary reason for adding this camera was to experience the FX format. The sharpness of the pictures, the high ISO range that is available, and the high frames per second make this an excellent camera for shooting fast action sporting events and young children. My D3 and D300 make an excellent team with a wide range of capabilities.


Great camera. Love it.


This is my all-round camera. I love the night photography results! My best camera yet :-)

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