Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S Lens & 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Zoom-Nikkor ED-IF Lens - USA Warranty

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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.

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Large clear LCD (14) , Good image quality (9) , Easy to use (8) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (8) , Fast shutter speed (7) , High ISO performance (7) , Image stabilization (7) , Simple controls (4) , Strong construction (4) , Great picture quality (3) , Quiet (3)
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Landscape/scenery (10) , Travel (10) , Weddings (8) , Portraits (5) , Wildlife (5) , Low light (4) , Sports/action (4) , Art (3)
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Semi-pro photographer (7) , Pro photographer (4) , Photo enthusiast (3)

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Key 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

Technical Specs

Image Sensor Format FX
Image Sensor Type CMOS
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 VGA TFT
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 Yes
Mirror Lock Up Yes
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 CPU
Exposure Compensation ±5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1
Exposure Lock Yes
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Bracketing Yes
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 Sun
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 Yes
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
Interface 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)
Viewfinder 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 Yes
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 Yes
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 51
Autofocus Fine Tune Yes
Focus Modes Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Single-point AF Mode Yes
Dynamic AF Mode Yes
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes
Focus Lock AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control Standard
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing Trim
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Side-by-Side Comparison
Filter Effects
Red-eye correction
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Shoe Yes
External Flash Shoe Type Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Dust-Off Reference Photo Yes
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator Yes
Save/Load Camera settings Yes
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 Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
World Time Setting Yes
Date, Time & Daylight Savings Time Yes
Battery Type Rechargeable
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 Yes
Up to 36 characters
Voice Memo Function Yes
Battery Life (shots per charge) 4,400 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket 1/4-20
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)
Warranty Nikon 1 year limited warranty
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