The FM3A inherits most of the FM2's features, like durable metal body construction and a classic centre-weighted meter. And the Nikon's first hybrid shutter control system enables mechanical shutter speed control to be operated without batteries at any shutter speed, while in A mode the shutter speed is electronically controlled for Aperture-Priority Auto operation. In addition, TTL (through-the-lens) flash control, DX-coded film speed settings and bright view focusing screens are also available. These features provide an unprecedented degree of flexibility in a manual SLR with the added benefits of selected automation.
The FM3A offers photographers access to the Nikon System, which includes the professional AF-S Nikkor lens lineup and many other AF and manual Nikkor lenses, in addition to a range of accessories.
With its classic exterior, simple operation and compact body design, the FM3A is the ideal camera for gaining entry into the world of pure, personal SLR photography.
|Camera Type||35mm SLR (Single-Lens Reflex)|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F mount (accepts Ai, Ai-s, AF-D, AF-S, P lenses -(except IX and G-type Nikkor lenses))|
|Focus Sensitivity Range||Na|
|Focus Screen||Split-image microprism type (Type K3) provided as standard; matte type (B3) and matte with horizontal and vertical line etchings (E3) also available|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority Auto; Manual|
|Exposure Metering||Through-the-lens (TTL) 60/40 centre-weighted full aperture exposure metering system using a pair of SPDs (silicon photodiodes) and metering IC circuit|
|Metering Range||EV 1 to 20 at ISO 100 and with f/1.4 lens (i.e., from 1 sec. at f/1.4 to 1/4000 sec. at f/16)|
|ISO Range||DX: ISO 25-5000 with DX-coded film; manual ISO 12-6400|
|Exposure Compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 steps|
|Shutter Speed||M Mode-1/4,000 sec. to 1 sec., B (Bulb), A Mode-1/4000 sec. to 8 sec. (stepless control) 14 discreet settings in all|
|Self Timer||yes, approx. 4 to 10 sec. Duration|
|Film Advance Modes||manual|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism type
Shutter speed exposure meter indication, ADR (aperture direct readout) f-number in use, exposure compensation mark, and flash ready-light
|Depth Of Field Preview||Yes|
|Diopter Correction||-1 diopter|
|Remote Control||Accepts standard mechanical cable release|
|Power Source||Choice of one 3V CR-1/3N lithium battery, two 1.55V SR44 silver-oxide batteries, or two 1.5V LR44 alkaline batteries; optional Anti-Cold Battery Holder DB-2 accepting two 1.5V LR6 (AA-type alkaline), 1.2V KR-AA (AA-type NiCd) or 1.5V R6 (AA-type manganese) batteries available|
|Dimensions||approx. 5.6 x 3.5 x 2.3" (143 x 90 x 58mm)|
|Weight||approx. 1.26 lb (570 g)|