Nikon D3X In-depth Review
Nikon D3X specifications
|Price (body only)|| US: $ 8000
UK: £ 5499
EU: € 7728
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Sensor|| 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
25.72 million total pixels
24.5 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
|Image processor||Nikon EXPEED|
| 6048 x 4032 [L]
4544 x 3024 [M]
3024 x 2016 [S]
| 3968 x 2640 [L]
2976 x 1976 [M]
1984 x 1320 [S]
| 5056 x 4032 [L]
3792 x 3024 [M]
2528 x 2016 [S]
|File formats|| NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
NEF + JPEG
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
|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
51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
|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||Combined CPU and AI|
|Exposure lock||At detected value with AE-L/AF-L button|
2 to 9 frames
|Exposure compen.|| +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Default: ISO 100 - 1600 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 in increments of 1, 2 or 3)
|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
|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" low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD
920,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
170° viewing angle
100% frame coverage
Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
|Shooting modes|| Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]: 1 - 5 fps
Continuous High [CH]: 5 fps (6 - 7 fps with DX format)
|Continuous buffer|| JPEG Large/Normal: 130 shots
RAW: no data yet
|Self-timer|| 2, 5, 10 and 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|
|Creative Lighting System||
With Speedlights such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-R200, SU-800 (commander only), System (CLS) 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|
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
|Custom functions||50 custom functions|
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
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
Quick Charger MH-22/MH-21
Optional AC adapter EH-6
|Battery monitoring||The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL4a 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)||1220 g (2.11 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
Wireless Transmitter WT-4/4A, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
- 18 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 19 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 20 Photographic tests (DR)
- 21 Photographic tests (DR)
- 22 Photographic tests (Falloff)
- 23 Photographic tests
- 24 Compared to
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (JPEG)
- 27 Compared to (JPEG)
- 28 Compared to (RAW)
- 29 Compared to (RAW)
- 30 Compared to (RAW)
- 31 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 32 Compared to (Resolution)
- 33 Conclusion
- 34 Samples
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