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Nikon D3 Digital FX D-SLR Camera Body, 12.1 FX Format (23.9x36mm) CMOS Sensor - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.

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About Nikon D3

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.

The Nikon D3 is commonly used for Sports/action, Travel, Weddings and more.The Nikon D3 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon D3 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon D3: Easy to use, Excellent in low light, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, High ISO performance and Large clear LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Large clear LCD (6),Easy to use (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (5),Fast shutter speed (5),High ISO performance (5),Excellent in low light (4),Good image quality (3),Great resolution (3),Nice features and settings (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (7),Weddings (6),Travel (4),Outdoors (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (6),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nikon D3 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 D3 Specifications

Type
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
Viewfinder
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
Playback
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
Battery
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Dimensions
(W x H x D) Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.)
Weight
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

Nikon D3 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FX is the way to go!

Anyone that has actually used a D3 will tell you that there is no comparison to any previously made Nikon (or Canon). I got the refurbished model to add an FX camera to our bag. I can honestly say that from here on out, I will not use any DX camera (with the exception of my D40 for family outings) again! Don't get me wrong, the D3 is big and heavy. With a large piece of glass like my 70-200/f2.8 VR, it is REALLY heavy! You can stop listening to Ken Rockwell for a moment, because you will prob...

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Anyone that has actually used a D3 will tell you that there is no comparison to any previously made Nikon (or Canon). I got the refurbished model to add an FX camera to our bag. I can honestly say that from here on out, I will not use any DX camera (with the exception of my D40 for family outings) again! Don't get me wrong, the D3 is big and heavy. With a large piece of glass like my 70-200/f2.8 VR, it is REALLY heavy! You can stop listening to Ken Rockwell for a moment, because you will probably want to use a tripod (instead of a monopod) with large zooms. The best way to describe this camera is that it 'gets out of your way'. There are dedicated buttons for almost everything (i.e. WB, ISO, etc), and even customizable "function" buttons (the "Fn" button is one of my favorites on all my Nikon cameras). When you want to shoot fast, you can shoot fast (and I mean fast!). On the other hand, you can easily slow down and compose an image with finesse. I use this for weddings because I WANT to, not because I need to. THE D3 IS OVERKILL FOR WEDDINGS AND PORTRAITS!!! Buy it if you want, but the D700 is probably a better choice for wedding/events shooting. The D3 is starting to take the sports/action photography sector back from Canon, which is what this camera was designed for. However, if you want the fastest and most rugged camera around, go for it! The refurbished model worked perfectly and looked brand new! Mine had less than 400 shutter actuations when I go it! I've taken over 4000 in less than a month and the photos are amazing. I'm glad I bought it before the price adjusted up! This isn't a camera to "cheap out" on lenses. Actually, you should cheap out on any lens, but definitely so with the D3. I don't understand the theory of putting $400 glass on a $4000 camera, but it is silly. I have the 24-70/f2.8 for weddings/events, but find myself using the 70-200 VR or the 24mm/f2.8 most of the time. I am going to splurge on the wide-zoom soon, but since I don't use the D3 for personal outings, I am finding it hard to fork over the cash. Enjoy it and try to avoid pouring yogurt and apple sauce on it for a YouTube video!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Used, Not refurbished

The body I received had 170,000 shutter actuations. This is a used body. I have purchased Nikon refurbished products before, and they showed very minor evidence of use, if any at all. I am very disappointed that nikon is passing used/repaired bodies off as "refurbished". I returned it the day i received it!

Reviewed by 12 customers

 
1.0

Used, Not refurbished

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Pro Photographer

The body I received had 170,000 shutter actuations. This is a used body. I have purchased Nikon refurbished products before, and they showed very minor evidence of use, if any at all. I am very disappointed that nikon is passing used/repaired bodies off as "refurbished". I returned it the day i received it!

 
1.0

Never Go To Turn It On

By

from Harvest, AL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've heard only great things about Nikon's professional level cameras. I was extremely happy when I finally came into enough money to even get close to a full frame camera and was estatic when I came across the Nikon referb D3. The former flagship would have been a big step up from my D300. Regrettably, I never got to turn the camera on. The D3 was shipped with either a bad battery or a bad charger. I don't know which. I never got a replacement for either one within a reasonable amount of time to be able to give the camera a once over before the 30days would have been over. This was my first time spending so much money on any item online. I don't blame Nikon and I'm sure there will be some who say I shouldn't rate the camera this badly because of bad service but how else would I warn people as there is no review for customer service? Buyer beware - the representatives were nice enough but the actual service a bust.

 
4.0

Not bad but a little expensive compare.

By

from Seattle, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have this camera to replace my old D2H, pretty good in general with similar layout, especially its a FX camera since I already have a D700. The camera balance really well and don't feel that heavy, the AF is quick even I am running on a Sigma non internal focus lenses, and I don't even have to open the wrapped instruction since this camera is very identical to the D2 series. The cons are, battery comes with this camera cannot hold a charge, the overall cosmetics condition of the camera is EX (few marks on here or there), the shutter count is around 60K. It is still good for the price if you don't care about the above comments and want a great soild full frame camera!

 
5.0

Must have for Pro shooting sports

By

from Ohio  -  Pro Photographer

If you shoot indoor volleyball or any low light action sport this body is a beast! Heavy but fast and if you can put a 80-200 lens on it you won't be sorry - low noise at 6400 ISO and super fast lock on focus. Machine gun like 10 fps. This is my second refurb D3 I've bought from Adorama. My first one needed the shutter rehabbed at over 200K actuations. I decided I would fix it and buy another! An awesome FX camera that can do it all...

 
4.0

So far so good!

By

from Riverside, RI  -  Pro Photographer

I am a wedding and portrait photographer and jumped from the D700 to this refurbished D3 and so far it's all that everyone says it is. Fast, reliable and easy to operate. I have only used it for about 4-5 shoots so far but have been loving it and so glad I invested in this purchase. The condition of this refurbished model is excellent! I love my D700 but this camera is better under low light and high ISO situations and very happy with the double slot back-up. Gives me that peace of mind. Worth the investment!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Arrived half broken!

By

from Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The AF was completely broken and would freeze the camera everytime you clicked the shutter. I did manage to take some photos with manual focus and I can tell you that the shutter seemed much better than my D700! I have my doubts about Nikon factory refurbs, and rightfully so. Maybe it just got hit with an EMP during shipping, just kidding ;-)

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly Recommend

By

from Hartselle, Al.  -  Pro Photographer

I use for Sports Action and T & I shooting. Great image quality at high ISO.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High speed sports? D3 is the answer

By

from Alameda, Ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Shutter priority with this camera allows precise toggling speed/ISO's to perfection. Froze raindrops during GSD schutzhund shoot last weekend... drops were in focus on focal plane with subject. Pretty awesome. Look close, you'll see the drops.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FX is the way to go!

By

from Phoenix, AZ  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

Anyone that has actually used a D3 will tell you that there is no comparison to any previously made Nikon (or Canon). I got the refurbished model to add an FX camera to our bag. I can honestly say that from here on out, I will not use any DX camera (with the exception of my D40 for family outings) again! Don't get me wrong, the D3 is big and heavy. With a large piece of glass like my 70-200/f2.8 VR, it is REALLY heavy! You can stop listening to Ken Rockwell for a moment, because you will probably want to use a tripod (instead of a monopod) with large zooms. The best way to describe this camera is that it 'gets out of your way'. There are dedicated buttons for almost everything (i.e. WB, ISO, etc), and even customizable "function" buttons (the "Fn" button is one of my favorites on all my Nikon cameras). When you want to shoot fast, you can shoot fast (and I mean fast!). On the other hand, you can easily slow down and compose an image with finesse. I use this for weddings because I WANT to, not because I need to. THE D3 IS OVERKILL FOR WEDDINGS AND PORTRAITS!!! Buy it if you want, but the D700 is probably a better choice for wedding/events shooting. The D3 is starting to take the sports/action photography sector back from Canon, which is what this camera was designed for. However, if you want the fastest and most rugged camera around, go for it! The refurbished model worked perfectly and looked brand new! Mine had less than 400 shutter actuations when I go it! I've taken over 4000 in less than a month and the photos are amazing. I'm glad I bought it before the price adjusted up! This isn't a camera to "cheap out" on lenses. Actually, you should cheap out on any lens, but definitely so with the D3. I don't understand the theory of putting $400 glass on a $4000 camera, but it is silly. I have the 24-70/f2.8 for weddings/events, but find myself using the 70-200 VR or the 24mm/f2.8 most of the time. I am going to splurge on the wide-zoom soon, but since I don't use the D3 for personal outings, I am finding it hard to fork over the cash. Enjoy it and try to avoid pouring yogurt and apple sauce on it for a YouTube video!

(6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Low Light / High ISO !

By

from Las Vegas , Nevada.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Adorama , is by far my preferred Camera store in New York . Not so Big , they can't give you individual attention and time. Not so small , they can't give you a reasonable and fair price. For these reasons, and many more, to long to list here. I CALL ADORAMA FIRST ! Because I know they care about me. ( this has been tested ). I AM A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE !

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Shopper  Did it last?
ROBERT H  I am still using and it is working great. I shoot sports action and T & I so it gets a lot of use and I have had no problems. It was like new when I purchased it.
Shopper  Can Adorama tell me how many shutter actuations are done in this D3 body ?.........
MARIANNE G  Mine had about 30k actuation. The D3 shutter is rated for 300k actuations, so 30 k is about 10% of its total estimated life. I called NIKON to verify it was refurbished, they said yes, and that everything is restored to factory specs. The computer which stores the number of actuations does not get reset according to NIKON. For the price, can't get a better pro Nikon body in my opinion. No issues with mine so far. Had it about a month and a half.
Julia R  Is the manufacture warranty the same as for new or different? If so, when does the manufacture warranty expires?
DON C  The warranties of REFURBISHED items are not the same length as for NEW items. I read an article that was discussing a finding that if there is to be a problem with a manufactured item, it will generally happen in the first few months of use. So take the lower priced, REFURBISHED unit, and use the money you saved to repair it,if it EVER breaks. Chances are, you will never have a problem with it.
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