Nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera Body

by Nikon
Nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera Body
Flagship 24.5-megapixel FX-format D-SLR meticulously engineered for professionals whose work demands extreme resolution, file size and image fidelity.

shown with optional lens


* Extreme resolution 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
Large 5.49 um pixels capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding commercial applications.

* Nikon EXPEED image processing technologies
EXPEED extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISOs.

* 138 MB Processed NEF (RAW) 12 or 14 bit image files
Selectable bit depths of 12-bit (4,096 tones) or 14-bit (16,384 tones), both yielding incredible image quality through a 16-bit processing pipeline, for smoother tonal gradations.

* Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600
Added ISO settings of Lo-1 ISO 50, Hi-1 ISO 3200 and Hi-2 ISO 6400 extend versatility.

* Two Live View shooting modes
Two Live View modes add flexibility, and up to 27x magnification in the Tripod Mode, acute focusing accuracy is easily confirmed.

* Continuous shooting at up to 5 fps at full FX-format resolution
Commercial image quality teams with speed and handling to create new shooting possibilities in the studio or on location.

* Fast, accurate 51-point AF system
AF system features 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking, for autofocus precision and razor sharpness.

* 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System
Two Nikon-exclusive technologies provide intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with refined auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance.

* 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot VGA LCD monitor
Individual factory calibration assures the color accuracy of each D3X monitor for critical image review.

* 100% viewfinder coverage

* Nikon Picture Control
Four preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, and 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized color control.

* Rugged, durable and precise magnesium-alloy construction
Effectively protected from invasive dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference with a self-diagnostic shutter mechanism tested to 300,000 cycles.

* Dual CF card slots with overflow, backup and copy options

* Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator

* Up to 4,400 images per battery charge


Image Sensor Format: FX

Image Sensor Type: CMOS

Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm

Total Pixels: 25.72 million

Effective Pixels: 24.5 million

Image Area (pixels):
(L) 6,048 x 4,032
(M)4,544 x 3024
(S)3,024 x 2016

5:4 format (30 x 24)
(L) 5,056 x 4,032
(M)3,792 x 3,024
(S)2,528 x 2,016

(L) 3,968 x 2,640
(M)2,976 x 1976
(S)1,984 x 1,320

Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 5 frames per second

Continuous Shooting Options:
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second

5:4 format
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second

CH: Up to 7 frames per second
CL: Up to 5 frames per secondSingle

LCD Monitor Size: 3 in. diagonal

LCD Monitor Type: VGA TFT Super Density

LCD Monitor Resolution: 920,000 Dots

LCD Monitor Angle of View: 170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments: Brightness,7 levels

Shutter type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane

Slowest Shutter Speed: 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV

Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV

Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes

Mirror Lock Up: Yes

Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 100 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV

Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV

Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV)

Highest Expanded ISO Sensitvity: Hi-2 (ISO 6400 equivalent)

Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options:
Lo-1, (ISO-50 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

Hi-1, (ISO-3200 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

Hi-2, (ISO-6400 equivalent), 1 EV step

Storage Media:
CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA)

Storage System:
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality

File System:
Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21

Exposure Modes:
Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)

Exposure Metering System:
1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Variable Center-weighted
Spot AF
Spot meter centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

Metering Range:
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering);
2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)

Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU, AI

Exposure Compensation: +/-5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1

Exposure Lock: Yes, Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Bracketing: Yes
From 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

Shutter Release Modes:
Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames-per-second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5 frames-per-second
Live View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode

White Balance:
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting

White Balance Bracketing: Yes, 2 to 9 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3

White Balance Fine Tuning: Yes

Live View Shooting: Handheld mode, Tripod mode

Playback Functions:
Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 16 segments)
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Voice Memo

Interface: Hi-speed USB, NTSC, PAL, HDMI, 10-pin Terminal

Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount

Compatible Lenses:

1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported

2) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) image size

3) AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II

4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II

5) 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

Picture Angle: Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)

Viewfinder: SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism

Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 100%

Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -3 to +1 m

Viewfinder Eyepoint: 18 mm (-1.0 m-1)

Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type

Focusing Screen: BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B

Interchangeable Focusing Screens: Yes
BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B Clear Matte VI - Type E

Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0m-1)

Lens Aperture: Instant-return type with depth-of-field preview button

Depth-of-field Control: Yes

Autofocus System: Autofocus TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20oC/68oF); AF fine adjustment possible. Focal-plane contrast [in LiveView (Tripod) mode]

Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 51

Autofocus Fine Tune: Yes

Focus Modes: Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo (C), Manual

Single-point AF Mode: Yes

Dynamic AF Mode: Yes
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)

Auto-area AF Mode: Yes

Focus Lock: AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)

Picture Control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Nine User-customizable settings

In-Camera Image Editing: Trim, D-Lighting, Color Balance, Image Overlay, Side-by-Side Comparison, Filter Effects, Monochrome, Red-eye correction

Built-in Flash: No

External Flash Shoe: Yes

External Flash Shoe Type: Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock

Dust-Off Reference Photo: Yes

Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: Yes

Save/Load Camera settings: Yes

Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: Yes

Flash Sync Speed: up to 1/250

X-Sync Speed: up to 1/250

FP High Speed Sync: up to 1/8000

Flash Sync Modes:
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync

Flash Control:
1) TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, SB-800

Flash Sync Terminal: Yes

Accessory Shoe: Yes

Self-timer: Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.

World Time Setting: Yes

Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings: Yes

Battery Type: Rechargeable

Battery / Batteries:
EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery

AC Adaptor: EH-6 AC Adapter

Battery Charger:
MH-21 Quick Charger
MH-22 Quick Charger

Image Comment: Yes
Up to 36 characters

Voice Memo Function: Yes

Battery Life (shots per charge): 4,400 shots (CIPA)

Tripod Socket: 1/4-20

Approx. Dimensions:
Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)

Approx. Weight: 43.0 oz. (1,220g)

In the Box

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a
Quick Charger MH-22
USB Cable UC-E4
Audio Video Cable EG-D2
Camera Strap AN-D3X
Body Cap BF-1A
Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2
Eyepiece DK-17
Battery Chamber Cover BL-4
USB Cable Clip
Software Suite CD-ROM
Nikon D3x Operation Manual


Reviewed by 1 Customers
Rating: 5.0
It's an unbelievable camera
Rating: 5.0
By from Cottesloe Westb Australia on
To handle this camera you must have had previous high quality SLR's. It's on the heavy side ,but how versatile!It takes the sharpest pictures for any magnification. To get it's true value use good AF lenses, preferably from the same maker.I'am still learning myself to experience it's full capabilities. All this of course comes with a price!

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