How times change, the gouging is gone, and so are the backorders. The price has
now dropped below $5000. My opinion on the Nikon D3 camera remains unaltered in the months since I first got my hands on it, and it's as
superb as ever, but now, with the introduction of the D700, I would have a
difficult time spending roughly the $5000 it now sells for, when the D700 is selling for $2450.
Agreed, the D3 has a superior build, and shoots 9 fps vs the D700's 8 fps with battery pack, but I don't see it being worth the added $2550
price tag unless you're a professional shooter who uses the camera daily.
This camera has 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, wide angle, 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.
Nikon D3 40 page Brochure in PDF Format
Nikon D3 12.1MP FX Digital SLR Full Frame Digital Camera Left
Nikon's original FX-format
- CMOS image sensor with 36.0 (H) x 23.9 (V) mm image size; 12.1 effective megapixels
- Compatible with three image-sensor formats – FX format (36 x 24), 5:4 (30 x 24) and DX format (24 x 16)
- Sensitivity range ISO 200 to 6400 at normal setting for exceptionally high-quality images; can be set to ISO-equivalent 25,600
- Incorporates Nikon's original EXPEED digital image processing concept
- Nikon's original Scene Recognition system, utilizing the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, greatly improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance
- New 51-point autofocus system features 15 cross-type sensors that maximize the potential of lenses with apertures as small as f/5.6
- High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 frames per second [FX format (36 x 24)/5:4 (30 x 24)]/approx. 11 fps [DX format (24 x 16)] *1
- Newly employed Picture Control System enables creation of desired picture with preferred tones
- Accurate focal-plane contrast AF*2 available with built-in Liveview mode
- Wireless Transmitter WT-4*3 (optional) realizes wireless connection of cameras with a PC, enabling thumbnail display of images taken with up to five of them, and downloading of images selected
- CF card double slot accepts two CF cards
- Quick response with approx. 0.12 sec. startup time and 37 ms Shutter-release time lag
- Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.7x magnification in FX format
- High-definition (920,000 dots), 170˚ viewing angle, 3-inch VGA
LCD monitor with tempered glass
- Active D-Lighting optimizes tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights
*1 With Continuous-servo AF, S or M exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 sec. or faster; other settings are set at "Default".
*2 When Tripod mode is selected.
*3 Specifications differ depending on country or area.
• Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
• Quick Charger
• USB Cable
• AudioVideo Cable
• Camera Strap
• Body Cap
• Accessory Shoe Cap
• Battery Chamber Cover
• USB Cable Clip
• Software Suite CD-ROM