The Nikon D3X Full-Frame Features And Specification Review

The Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) provides incredibly high resolution images, with superb performance, and boasts an array of refinements that enhance performance and improve the user experience. Such features include, Super-high Resolution, the Nikon EXPEED image processor that powers the cameras high performance and its Scene Recognition System, refined viewfinder performance with a Virtual Horizon Indicator and a wide range of firmware enhancements.

Nikon D3X
Nikon D3X

At the heart of the system is a 24.5 Megapixel FX-format (full frame) CMOS Sensor, producing high quality images that can be captured in JPEG, TIFF or RAW file formats at a rate of up to five frames per second at full resolution. The powerful advanced image-processing engine and optimized systems blend high levels of resolution with superb image quality, pure color rendition and the Picture Control System with four setting options (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome), and class-leading speed. The 51 point AF system is tuned to deliver even finer precision and higher performance, and an improved view in High-speed Crop mode makes composition easier.

Nikon D3X Features

  • Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor with 24.5 effective megapixels
  • Exceptional noise control from ISO 100 to ISO 1600
  • Fast 14-bit A/D conversion incorporated onto the image sensor for high signal-to-noise ratio and low power consumption
  • Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing system, utilizing a supremely powerful CPU with 16-bit image processing
  • Near-instantaneous shutter release time lag of approx. 0.04 second (based on CIPA Guideline)
  • 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting in FX format and 7 fps in DX crop mode (up to 130 frames)
  • 51-point Multi-CAM3500FX autofocus system
  • Scene Recognition System for more accurate AF, AE, and AWB results
  • Active D-Lighting for complete control over highlight and shadow detail
  • Picture Control: Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Monochrome (Landscape, Portrait and D2x Modes I, II and III are available free via download)
  • Live View mode for shooting handheld and with a tripod
  • High-resolution (approx. 920k dots), 3-inch VGA-size LCD monitor with tempered glass
  • Durable, lightweight magnesium-alloy construction and comprehensive weather sealing against dust and moisture
  • Intelligent power management that lets you shoot up to approx. 4,400 frames on a single battery charge (based on CIPA Standards)
  • Compatibility with the Nikon Total Imaging System

Nikon D3X Body And Design

The D3X is the D3 similar twin; the only noticeable distinction on the external of the body is the new ‘X’ on the brand. The design is an progress from the D2Xs sequence and therefore professional photographers acquainted with the first Nikon pro sequence will feel instantly at home with the D3/D3X. This is great information for working experts changing systems – as is the fact that the management structure reliability expands down the variety to the D700 and D300, making them ideal as back-up systems. Effective areas, smooth rubberized on the holds, large control buttons, closed manages and ecological closes add up to a filled with meaning digicam which has been developed with the needs the wedding professional photographer in any scenario.

Nikon D3X Body
Nikon D3X Body


The D3/D3X stays with the same round eyepiece as the D2Xs but from there forward everything has modified, obviously we now have a ‘huge’ engulfing full structure perspective which really does complete your entire visual perspective, the concentrating display is shiny but is still flat enough to allow precise guide concentrating. The concentrating display features automated covering up if you connect a DX structure lens, a part of the perspective is grayed out showing the effective indicator area. The plan below (used with authorization from the D3 customer manual) shows the different picture dimensions (FX / DX and 5:4 formats), their picture sectors and the hidden places of the viewfinder concentrating display.

Display Hot-shoeDisplay Hot-shoe

The D3X has a conventional (ISO 518) equipment shoes which works with 3rd celebration flash techniques for flash synchronize and more complex i-TTL with the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400. Non-TTL Automatic available with the 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s.

Technology under the skin

Nikon D3X EXPEED processor
Nikon D3X EXPEED processor

Lens Install / Sensor

Below on the remaining you can see the D3X lens mount with the reflection down, on the right with reflection up and shutter start (exposing the sensor). Contacts are placed turned clockwise and secure place with an anticlockwise convert. This is a conventional Nikon F lens mount and can use almost the finish variety of Nikkor F contacts (although some functions are only available with more recent kind G or kind D lenses). The D3X props up aperture band available on mature AI contacts.

D3X Sensor
D3X Sensor

Nikon D3X Specifications

Price (body only) • US: $ 8000
• UK: £ 5499
• EU: € 7728
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor • 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
• FX format
• 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
Image sizes
(FX format)
• 6048 x 4032 [L]
• 4544 x 3024 [M]
• 3024 x 2016 [S]
Image sizes
(DX format)
• 3968 x 2640 [L]
• 2976 x 1976 [M]
• 1984 x 1320 [S]
Image sizes
(5:4 format)
• 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)
• 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
Usable lenses • Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
• DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36×24)/5:4 (30×24) image size
• 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
* IX NIKKOR lenses cannot be used
* Excluding lenses for F3AF
Auto Focus • 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
• Multi-CAM 3500FX
• AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
• Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
• TLL phase-difference AF in Handheld Live View 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