Nikon D3 DSLR Camera

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Nikon D3

Nikon D3 12.1MP FX Digital SLR Full Frame Digital Camera in whiteOctober, 2009. 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 Side View

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.

Camera Includes

    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

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Nikon D3 - Introduced August 23, 2007
Active D-Lighting TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash with SB-800, 600 or 400)
Auto aperture (AA) with SB-800 and CPU lens, Non-TTL auto A) with SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s, Range-priority manual (GN) with SB-800
Creative Lighting System with Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock
Autofocus TTL phase detection with 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module
(Single-point AF, Dynamic AF, Automatic-area AF)
Battery EN-EL4a/EL4 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery  
Built-in Flash No
Compatible Lenses Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24)image size
AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
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; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
Connections Hi-speed USB
10-pin Terminal
Continuous Shooting 9 frames per seconds at continuous shooting  
Dimensions 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4" (160 x 157 x 88mm)  
External Flash Shoe ISO 519 standard terminal
Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Image Presets No  
Image Processing Engine Expeed  
Image Sizes FX Format
4256 x 2832 (L)
3184 x 2120 (M)
2128 x 1416 (S)
5:4 Format
3552 x 2832 (L)
2656 x 2120 (M)
1776 x 1416 (S)

DX Format
2784 x 1848 (L)
2080 x 1384 (M)
1392 x 920 (S)
In-camera Retouching  
Kit Lens No  
LCD Monitor 3" TFT color LCD (920,000 pixels - VGA) with 170 wide-viewing angle and brightness adjustment
Supports LiveView in Handheld mode (TLL phase-difference AF), and Tripod mode (focal-plane contrast AF)
Lens Servo  
Live View Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Memory Card CompactFlash (Type I & II) compliant with UDMA
Metering Modes TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, Center-weighted, Spot
3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses)
Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses)
Color Matrix Metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
Mirror Lock-up Yes  
Movie mode No
Other Program
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
EXPEED image processing, extended ISO to 25600, 9 fps full-resolution shooting, 51-point AF system
3D Color Matrix Metering II
Playback Functions Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 16 segments)
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Voice Memo
Sensitivity ISO 200-6400
ISO 100-2560 with boost
Sensor 12.1 megapixel FX format (36.0mm x 23.9mm) CMOS
Sensor Cleaning    
Shutter Speed 30-1/8000 seconds 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Viewfinder Frame coverage 3.0", 922K-pixel TFT LCD with live view; optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment  
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 1, 2 or 3 step increments)
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
Weight No battery: 43.2 oz. (1240g) 
With battery:



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