When it was released in 2007, the Nikon D3 caused a lot of excitement. Nikon's first full-frame ('FX format') DSLR, the D3 was capable of shooting at ISO settings up to 25,600 - unheard of at the time. Although it became rightly famed for its bar-raising high ISO performance, the D3 also boasted a host of improvements over the DX-format D2XS, including 14-bit A/D conversion, a new standard image processor, a new shutter, new 52-point auto focus sensor, AF tracking by color, nine frames per second continuous shooting, dual compact flash support, DX lens support (albeit at lower resolution) with automatic cropping and a 3.0" 922,000 pixel LCD monitor.
When we tested it, we found that from an image quality and performance point of view the D3 was excellent. Although its blistering speed and versatile AF system make it an ideal sports camera it's also a surprisingly good studio and landscape camera too. Image quality (especially at higher ISOs) was and still is stunning, the camera is a joy to use and the speed and responsiveness breathtaking.
|Body type||Large SLR|
|Max resolution||4256 x 2832|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)|
|ISO||200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (100 - 25600 with boost)|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length mult.||1×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Storage types||Compact Flash (Type I or II) x2|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||1300 g (2.87 lb / 45.86 oz)|
|Dimensions||160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.46″)|