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

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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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Large clear LCD (15) , Simple controls (12) , Strong construction (12) , Fast shutter speed (10) , Easy to use (8) , Good image quality (7) , Quiet (6) , Short lag time (6) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (4) , Great picture quality (4) , High ISO performance (4) , Image stabilization (3)
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Travel (11) , Photojournalism (8) , Art (7) , Landscape/scenery (7) , Sports/action (7) , Fun (6) , Sports (6) , Portraits (5) , Documentary (4) , Low light (4) , Weddings (4) , Wildlife (4) , Family photos (3)
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Photo enthusiast (5) , Semi-pro photographer (5) , Professional (4) , Enthusiast (3) , Pro photographer (3) , Casual photographer (1)

Key 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.

Technical Specs

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
Type TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM3500DX 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]
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
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