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About Nikon D3X

The Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera features extreme resolution 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor. Large 5.94µm pixels capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding commercial applications. It has Nikon EXPEED image processing technologies which extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISOs.

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. It has low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600. Added ISO settings of Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO 3200 equivalent) and Hi-2 (ISO 6400 equivalent) extend versatility.

Nikon D3X Features

  • 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 AF performance
  • 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
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Nikon Picture Control: Four preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome and 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized color control
  • Rugged, durable and precise magnesium-alloy construction: Effectively protected from invasive dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference with a self-diagnostic shutter mechanism tested to exceed 300,000 cycles
  • Dual CF card slots with overflow, backup and copy options
  • Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator
  • Up to 4,400 images per battery charge

Nikon D3X Specifications

Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Sensor Size
35.9 x 24.0mm
Total Pixels
25.72 million
Effective Pixels
24.5 million
Image Area (pixels)
FX-format: (L) 6,048 x 4,032, (M) 4,544 x 3024, (S) 3,024 x 2016
5:4 format (30 x 24): (L) 5,056 x 4,032, (M) 3,792 x 3,024, (S) 2,528 x 2,016
DX-format: (L) 3,968 x 2,640, (M) 2,976 x 1976, (S) 1,984 x 1,320
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
5 frames per second at full resolution
Continuous Shooting Options
FX-format: CH: Up to 5 frames per second, CL: Up to 4 frames per second
5:4 format: CH: Up to 5 frames per second, CL: Up to 4 frames per second
DX-format: CH: Up to 7 frames per second, CL: Up to 5 frames per secondSingle
LCD Monitor Size
3 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor Type
Super Density
LCD Monitor Resolution
920,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments
Brightness,7 levels
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Bulb Shutter Setting
Mirror Lock Up
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
100 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Hi-2 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Lo-1, (ISO-50 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Hi-1, (ISO-3200 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Hi-2, (ISO-6400 equivalent), 1 EV step
Storage Media
CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA)
Storage System
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
File System
Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Exposure Metering System
1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Variable Center-weighted
Spot AF
Spot meter centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Exposure Compensation
±5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1
Exposure Lock
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Bracketing
From 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Shutter Release Modes
Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames-per-second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5 frames-per-second
Live View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
White Balance
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
White Balance Bracketing
Yes, 2 to 9 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3
White Balance Fine Tuning
Live View Shooting
Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Playback Functions
Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 16 segments)
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Voice Memo
Hi-speed USB
10-pin Terminal
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses
1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
2) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) image size
3) AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Picture Angle
Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-3 to +1 m
Viewfinder Eyepoint
18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Focusing Screen
BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B
Interchangeable Focusing Screens
BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B Clear Matte VI - Type E
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0m-1)
Lens Aperture
Instant-return type with depth-of-field preview button
Depth-of-field Control
Autofocus System
Autofocus TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible. Focal-plane contrast [in LiveView (Tripod) mode]
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
Autofocus Fine Tune
Focus Modes
Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode
Focus Lock
AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Side-by-Side Comparison
Filter Effects
Red-eye correction
Built-in Flash
External Flash Shoe
External Flash Shoe Type
Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
Save/Load Camera settings
Nikon Creative Lighting System
Compatibility: Yes
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/250
X-Sync Speed
Up to 1/250
FP High Speed Sync
Up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control
1) TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, SB-800
Flash Sync Terminal
Accessory Shoe
Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
World Time Setting
Date, Time & Daylight Savings Time
Battery Type
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor
EH-6 AC Adapter
Battery Charger
MH-21 Quick Charger
MH-22 Quick Charger
Image Comment
Up to 36 characters
Voice Memo Function
Battery Life (shots per charge)
4,400 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied Software
Software Suite CD-ROM
Approx. Dimensions
Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)
Approx. Weight
43.0 oz. (1,220g)
Nikon 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #
25442 2

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Reviewed by 79 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera


The clarity of the images produced by this camera is excellent ! Love it !!


Great camera


I use my D3x for weddings and children sports. Colors are true skin tones are great. Brides are very happy and that's what counts. I went with the D3x because of another advantage and that's the same type of cards in both slots.


The best digital for landscape


If you want high resolution, the best colors, the best Auto focus controls, pro durability, this is it, look no further.


Nikon D3x handles and shoots great


I use the D3x for landscapes, and portraiture work. Its files are easily manipulated in LR,and can be given massive adjustments, say heavy doses of fill light if needed,and still hold up. The file quality is simply excellent. Autofocus is excellent in this body. I have used it for soccer and surfing photos with good results. Balance and feel in the hand is excellent with a wide range of lenses, from the tiny 45mm-P to the 300/2.8. I really love the Func. Button and the way it offers me instant access to 5:4 (aka 8x10) cropping, or APS-C-size capture. The files this sensor produces are very clean, and the High ISO is pretty good at up to 1,600. The 24.5 MP capture size is an almost perfect file for portraiture work. I am exceptionally happy with this, my fifth Nikon D-SLR.


great camera


love the camera


Buying Used Equipement


This was a used camera with an E+ rating. I expected it to be in nice condition. When it arrived I opened the pakaging and found what was in effect a brand new looking camera. I couldn't find any scuff marks on it anywhere. Adorama even gave me a manual which was not mentioned in the ad. They get top marks for an honest advertizing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I need a bigger Hard Drive!


This is my prime camera in my portrait business. It is rugged (I watched it topple over and hit the floor with my f2.8 70-200 attached...both survived...). The big files are great when you have to aggressively crop...still leaves you with a decent image to enlarge. When shooting off tripod with the 70-200 lens, it gets a bit heavy after an hour or so. Low light performance is very good. When set in rapid shutter release mode using camera Raw/Jpeg the frame rate is definitely not as fast as even my D-300s with the same settings, which may be an issue for sports shooters. It also has no video capacity. If the forgoing are important, look at the D4.

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


Blown away, a work of art to create art.


As I try to sit down and write a review I find myself asking questions of why I purchased this piece of equipment?, well in a nut shell from starting out in the Digital world with a Nikon D70 to a D200 then D3 and now D3x I find myself with a camera that has pretty much covered all the requirements needed to have in a photographers hands a portable Photo Studio and Lab, coupled to Nikkor Stellar Glass it is a winners combination in a DSLR 35mm format. I find myself having a little complaint with ISO that it falls short in the higher ranges above 600 starts to get pretty noisy in my opinion when trying to shoot natural light night short shutter duration shots, in that my older D3 out performs the D3x in higher ISO non noise issues but sacrifice the mega pixels that the D3x out shines in, if Nikon could have had the same ISO range as the D3 or the D3s has, this review would be much shorter than it is. I have had my D3x for just over a year and my D3 since April of 2008 and these two cameras are very well constructed tanks, yes tanks! they are very well constructed and will take some abuse in rigorous shooting conditions, from weddings to mountainous landscape shooting, and from very cold temps to very warm, and haven't had any issues with slow dragging shutters from the cold or electronics failing from heat issues. The controls are pretty much laid out great and if you have had any other Nikon Digital SLR's then navigating the external controls are no real issue, but sub menus are somewhat different then lets say a D200, the D3x just has more of them and choices to make in exposure and metering with to many to list here type of controls that will make you stumble backwards in a cold sweat at first trying to remember what control you just changed and were it was? lol but in no time it's easy to learn sub menus and how quickly they are to pull up. I cant wait to see the next line of Pro range camera bodies to show up in the line up, since the introduction of the D4, I wonder if a D4x will pop up with 32 mega pixels and frankly I really don't see a need to go to far beyond the 24 the D3x has, I am not into having video in my DSLR's but that is my opinion and don't see the need in this high end of a camera but for those who do, I think a D4xs version might be a good idea then? I can't say enough about this Camera body that others have already said, but if you want one powerful tool in your camera bag then this is the one.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


D3X is easy to operate


The D3X produces film quality. The image size is mind boggling and the ease of operation is so simple. I can operate the D3X easier than a P&S camera. Along with the use on Nikon Capture NX2 to process the RAW NEF captures is unbeatable. The D3X is as close to using a view camera as I have ever experienced. If were to compare the D3X to an automobile it would have to be compares to a 12 cylinder Mercedes Benz with all of the features in that high end model.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




If you are looking for lots of resolution or flexibility to crop for hard to frame subjects (sports, moving object) this camera is hard to beat. It if, of course, just the ticket for portraits and landscape.

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