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With Extreme 24.5-Megapixel Resolution, Processed Image Files Exceeding 138 MB, Five Frame-per-Second Burst Speed and Nikon Core Technologies, the D3X Ushers in a New Level of Image Quality

The D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor. In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

The foundation of the enhanced performance of the D3X is its FX-format, 24.5-megapixel (6048 x 4032) CMOS sensor providing commercial, high fashion, fine art and landscape photographers with the extreme resolution, dynamic range, color depth, detail and sharpness that clients demand. Whether creating catalogs, magazine covers, billboards or gallery prints, the large 5.49-micron pixel size and high signal to noise ratio produces vibrant images with breathtaking image fidelity while reducing lost highlights and shadows, and ensuring smoother tone reproduction with minimized noise. With full resolution shooting speeds of up to five frames-per-second (fps), and 14-bit files, that when processed are approximately 138 MB, the D3X offers today's photographic artists an extreme level of performance and versatility ready for demanding assignments in the studio or on location.

In 2007, Nikon introduced the 12.1-megapixel FX-format D3 that delivered groundbreaking digital SLR image quality, coupled with incomparable high ISO, low noise performance and high-speed handling. In doing so, the D3 broke photographic barriers, enabling photographers to work in ways never before possible. Now in 2008, the new 24.5-megapixel FX-format D3X D-SLR provides the extreme resolution and high dynamic range capabilities needed to meet the extraordinary needs of photographic disciplines such as high fashion, commercial advertising and fine art. The D3X delivers this remarkable capability while fitting seamlessly within the Nikon system, taking full advantage of Nikon's world-renowned collection of NIKKOR lenses and Speedlights.

Image Quality Takes Center Stage
To re-emphasize the importance of image quality above all else, the D3X delivers an incredible level of digital SLR performance to provide photographers with extremely high resolution, exceptional dynamic range, phenomenal total gradation and outstanding color reproduction. Image files can be recorded as TIFF, JPEG or NEF (RAW) formats in either 12- or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed formats, and recorded to UDMA compatible CompactFlash cards for optimum speed. Photographers can save image files directly to the dual card slots as overflow, backup, or as separate file formats to different cards. Building on the D3X's flexibility, users have the creative option to shoot in the 5:4 crop mode with 20.4-megapixel resolution, the ideal format for creating 8 x 10-inch portraits. While using DX-format lenses, faster continuous shooting of up to seven frames per second can be achieved at a resolution of 10.5 megapixels.

The exceptionally low noise of the D3X is essential to any professional commercial application, and it provides photographers with an ISO range of 100 to 1600, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 6400 (Hi-2). The ultra smooth tones and lack of grain at ISO 1600 as well as at low sensitivity settings result in smooth, natural skin tones and exacting detail that, before the D3X, required larger and far costlier studio-bound camera systems.

Advanced Technologies, Meticulously Executed
In a commercial setting or on location, imaging professionals need high performance in both speed and processing. The Nikon D3X can shoot at up to five fps at full resolution or up to seven fps in DX crop mode, allowing photographers to catch the split-second difference in a model's expression or capture all of the action in a sequence. Just like the D3, the D3X achieves a start-up time of a mere 0.12 seconds and a shutter release time lag of 0.04 seconds.

The D3X's speed, as well as high levels of performance, leverages Nikon core technologies including a newly enhanced EXPEED Image Processing System, specially designed for the D3X to provide superior image quality, faster processing speeds and lower power consumption. This advanced system is able to achieve extremely precise color reproduction for a broad spectrum of hues, in addition to vivid saturation and smooth gradation. What's more, Nikon's advanced noise processing function is engineered to minimize noise at all sensitivities and operate seamlessly without interfering with other image color parameters.

The D3X also features Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System, which continuously analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor, to further refine auto exposure, auto white balance and autofocus calculations. This results in flattering portraits and awe-inspiring landscapes that portray accurate color and fine details. Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II helps ensure accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Instantly evaluating each scene before capture, input data from the system's sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of more than 30,000 images derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. Active D-Lighting, used in combination with 3D Matrix Metering II, helps to determines proper exposure, and creates realistic contrast while compensating for lost shadows and highlights. Prior to shooting, users can choose from Extra High, High, Normal, Low or Off settings, as well as an Auto mode.

Additionally, the D3X features Nikon's exclusive Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module, with 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that easily track and lock onto moving subjects, delivering the same fast and accurate AF performance that helped make the D3 immediately successful. Users can select any of the AF points, making it easy to consistently attain accurate focus right on a subject's eyes, frame after frame. Additionally, three AF-area modes - Single point, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF - are available to maximize the use of the 51 focus points by selecting the most suitable one to match subject conditions. AF is also available in one of two Live View modes optimized for the studio, including a phase detection handheld mode and a tripod mode. This feature allows the user to zoom in up to 27x on the LCD screen to ensure critical focus. While in Live View, the graphic indication of a virtual horizon is also available, making it easier than ever to confirm camera orientation.

To further ensure each photographer's ability to balance their personal style, Nikon's Picture Control System enables users to adjust their images to pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome that apply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation. Photographers have creative control over these image parameters with the use of up to nine available customizable presets.

Synchronizing Both Form and Function
Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3X retains a rugged shell with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer's vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to exceed 300,000 cycles for maximum durability and longevity. The camera's body also maintains the resilient magnesium alloy construction and form factor of the D3, promoting consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder offers 100 percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon's acclaimed 3.0-inch super density LCD screen, now relied upon by so many photographers. The high-resolution 920,000-dot screen is viewable at wide angles up to 170 degrees, and will allow photographers to quickly zoom in to confirm critical focus. Users can also output the video signal to an external display via HDMI to allow client viewing. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3X can capture up to 4400* shots per single charge of the camera's Lithium ion battery.

System Strength Withstands the Test of Time
The D3X is fully compatible with Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) to give photographers a mobile lighting solution that is easy to manage. To further enhance mobility, the D3X is compatible with Nikon's GP-1 GPS receiver to gather information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and date of shooting. Photographers can easily shoot tethered via USB, or use the WT-4a wireless transmitter to send images wirelessly when speed and mobility are essential. D3X users will also enjoy the system strength of more than 50 genuine NIKKOR lenses that provide outstanding sharpness and high resolution across a broad range of focal lengths.

The Nikon D3X-meticulously engineered for professional assignments that demand nothing less than extreme 24.5-megapixel, FX-format image performance. In the studio or on location, the D3X faithfully captures NEF (RAW) files that, when processed, exceed 138 MB. Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image processing technologies support extremely low-noise and faster, more accurate 51-point autofocus with 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking. EXPEED also enables fast processing of massive amounts of data, allowing continuous shooting at up to 5fps. A bright 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot LCD monitor offers precise image review, along with 27x magnification for precise focus confirmation in Live View. Responsive handling and more top off the D3X's professional potency.

  • Extreme resolution 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
    Large 5.49?m pixels capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding commercial applications.
  • Nikon EXPEED image processing technologies
    EXPEED extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISOs.
  • 138 MB1 Processed NEF (RAW) 12 or 14 bit image files
    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. (1 Approximate)
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600
    Added ISO settings of Lo-1 ISO 50, Hi-1 ISO 3200 and Hi-2 ISO 6400 extend versatility.
  • 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 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
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.8 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(3), Fast shutter speed(6), Image stabilization(3), Large clear LCD(6), Strong construction(3)
Best Uses:
Art(3), Landscape/scenery(3), Portraits(4), Travel(3)
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro photographer(3)

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
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By gilbertVerified Reviewer from glendale, ca. la crescenta on 10/17/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Video
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

in great conditions

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
I am in love with this camera
By Geet from Irvine, CA on 2/18/2010
Pros:
Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This the best DLSR one can ever own...

[5 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
amazing
By loves this camera from West Palm Beach, FL on 11/21/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

befor this i only had a nikon d60 and i was happy with it but new i could do better i saw this beauty onliner and fell in love. since the second i've had it EVERY picture you take looks amazing. i use this with a 18-55 and 55-200 and it is just an amazing poroduct it takes a while to figure out but its worth it! I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THIS TO A FIRST TIME DSLR BUYER. This product is for people experienced in photography

[14 of 15 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best Nikon Ever
By SteveVerified Purchaser from Ohio on 1/2/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Landscape, Portraits, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

You have to see the files from this camera to believe them! When it first arrived, I took a full-length photo of my dog then zoomed in to 100%. Looks like he has a dandruff problem! THAT'S how much detail this captures. If you need high res, this is simply the best out there.

[12 of 13 customers found this review helpful]

 
The MOST Amazing D-SLR I ever picked Up
By FitnessPhotographerVerified Reviewer from Houston, TX on 12/21/2008
Pros:
Amazing resolution, Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Perfect in Low Light, Quiet, Rivals Meduim Format Came, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Location Shooting, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I dont know any camera that could beat the D3x. I've played with all of them from Canon and even the new SONY but they just dont compare to this Nikon.

[12 of 19 customers found this review helpful]

 
I would recommend this to professionals
By Make.U.Smile from Atlanta, GA on 12/16/2008
Pros:
Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
Cons:
Complicated Controls
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This is one of the best camera's that I have had the opportunity to work with.

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