Nikon D3 In-depth Review
Nikon D3 specifications
|Price (body only)|| US: $ 4999
UK: £ 3399
EU: € 5180
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Sensor|| 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
12.9 million total pixels
12.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
|Image processor||Nikon EXPEED|
|A/D conversion||14 bit|
| 4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]
| 2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]
| 3552 x 2832 [L; 10.0 MP]
2656 x 2120 [M; 5.6 MP]
1776 x 1416 [S; 2.5 MP]
|File formats|| NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
NEF + JPEG
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
|NEF compression|| Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80%
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60%
|Lens mount|| Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
No field of view crop (full-frame)
When using DX lenses / DX mode 1.5x FOV crop
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
|Auto Focus|| 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
|Lens Servo|| Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
|Focus Point|| Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
|AF Area Mode||
Single point AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
|AF assist||External Speedlite only|
|Exposure modes|| Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
|Metering range|| 3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
|Meter coupling||CPU and AI|
|Exposure lock||Locked using AE-L/AF-L button|
2 to 9 frames
|Exposure compen.|| +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Default: ISO 200 - 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
|Shutter|| Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
|DOF Preview|| Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modeling flash
|White balance|| Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning
Manual presets (four)
Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
|Picture Control|| Standard
|Image parameters|| Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
Hue: 5 levels
|Color space|| sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes)
Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
|Viewfinder|| Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Frame coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.7x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
|Focusing screen|| B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
|LCD monitor|| 3.0 " TFT LCD
922,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
170° viewing angle
Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
|Shooting modes|| Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]: 1 - 9 fps
Continuous High [CH]: 9 fps (9 - 11 fps with DX format)
|Continuous buffer|| JPEG Large/Normal: 64 shots (at 9 fps)
RAW: no data yet
|Self-timer|| 2 to 20 sec custom|
TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-800, 600 or 400
|Flash Sync Mode|| Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
|Flash Accessory Shoe||ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided|
|Flash Sync Terminal||ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided|
|Flash compensation|| -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
|Creative Lighting System||
With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock
|Orientation sensor||Tags images with camera orientation|
|Playback mode|| Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
Auto image rotation
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
|Custom functions||48 custom functions|
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
|Communications||FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)|
|Storage|| Dual Compact Flash Type I or II
UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
|Power|| Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a/EL4
Included dual battery charger MH-22
Optional AC adapter EH-6
|Battery monitoring||The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL3e battery:
Remaining charge (%)
No. of shots taken since last charge
Battery life (5 stages)
|Dimensions||160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||1240 g (2.7 lb)|
Temperature: 0 - 40 °C / 32 - 104 °F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-D3, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cap BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM
Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
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