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.
The clarity of the images produced by this camera is excellent ! Love it !!
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.
If you want high resolution, the best colors, the best Auto focus controls, pro durability, this is it, look no further.
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.
love the camera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.