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Nikon D3x

Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
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  • 24.5 mp FX format CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100–1600: extendable up to 6400
  • 5fps consecutive shooting (7fps in DX Crop mode)
  • 51-point Multi-CAM3500FX  AF system
  • Live View with Autofocus
  • 300,000 cycles standard rating, Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x
Nikon D3x

Overview

Description by Nikon:

The D3X redefines high resolution SLR photography, whether you shoot in the studio or out on location. The 24.5 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor delivers image files with outstanding levels of detail and tonal gradation and boasts an ISO range of 100 to 1600. Its durable Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter and EXPEED image processing engine enable it to shoot at up to 5 fps (7 fps in DX Crop mode). The advanced Scene Recognition System delivers superior exposures and is supported by Nikon’s widely acclaimed 51-point AF system, which offers broad coverage and individually selectable points. Selectable Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing, saving time in post-production. The high definition 3-inch LCD monitor supports two Live View modes plus an HDMI video output. Protected by a tough, environmentally-sealed magnesium alloy body.

  • 24.5 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range and 12-channel readout.
  • ISO 100 – 1600: extendable up to 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 50 (equivalent).
  • 5fps consecutive shooting (7fps in DX Crop mode)
  • EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation.
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the camera’s metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images.
  • Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
  • Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customization of image parameters before capture and offer complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various color modes.
  • 920,000-dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
  • Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images using the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
  • Two Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX crop mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.
  • Quick response: approx. 40 ms shutter-lag and 55 ms viewfinder black-out.
  • Highly accurate, durable Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit: Standard rating of 300, 000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 sec and flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
  • Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
  • Dual CF card slots: configurable for parallel (simultaneous) or serial (consecutive) recording.
  • HDMI video output interface enables connection to high-definition video systems.
  • Intuitive ergonomics with optimized button placement for fast and comfortable handling.
  • Durable magnesium alloy body built to withstand the rigors of the harshest of environments.
  • Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4.

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Specifications

Release Date: 
12/2008
DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
24.7bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
13.7Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
1992 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
CMOS sensor, 35.9 x 24.0 mm; Nikon FX format
Effective Pixels: 
24.5 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
25.7Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
3:2
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Dust Removal: 
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
No
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
EXPEED Image Processing System
Lenses
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Focal Length details: 
Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
Dual CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
2) Center-Weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame, diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame)
3) Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

Metering Range Details: 
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°C/68°F)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
AE Lock: 
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Shutter Type : 
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed: 
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; Bulb
Shooting Modes: 
1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
3) Aperture- Priority Auto (A)
4) Manual (M)
Drive Modes: 
1) Single-frame [S] mode
2) Continuous Low-speed [CL] mode
3) Continuous High-speed [CH] mode
4) Live View [LV] mode
5) Self-timer mode
6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Continuous Shooting Details: 
FX-format
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second

DX-format
CH: Up to 7 frames per second
CL: Up to 5 frames per second

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

Self Timer : 
Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s
ISO Sensitivity: 
ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV; can be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100, or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 1600
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
• Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor);
• Seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; white balance bracketing: 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
White Balance Personal: 
Yes
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase-detection; 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible
AF System Points Details: 
Single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF Point Selection: 
1) Single-point AF
2) Dynamic-area AF [number of AF points: 9, 21, 51, 51 (3D-Tracking)]
3) Auto-area AF
AF Working Range Details: 
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible
AF Modes: 
1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); Focus Tracking automatically activated according to subject status
2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Predictive AF: 
Yes, (3D-tracking)
AF lock : 
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-point AF in AF-S)
Manual Focus : 
Yes
AF Assist Beam : 
No
AF Fine Adjustment: 
Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage Details: 
Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal) in FX format, approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal) in DX format, approx. 100% (vertical) and approx. 97% (horizontal) in 5:4
Viewfinder Magnification Details: 
Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint Details: 
18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Dioptre Correction : 
-3 to +1 m-1
Viewfinder Focusing Screen : 
Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Depth of Field Preview: 
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Yes
Live View Autofocus: 
Focal-plane contrast [in LiveView (Tripod) mode]
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
3-in. low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD
Resolution Details: 
920k-dot (VGA)
Tiltable Monitor: 
Yes
Coverage: 
100% frame coverage
Brightness: 
brightness adjustment
Viewing Angle: 
170-degree wide-viewing-angle
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Flash Hotshoe Details: 
ISO 518 hot shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock
Built in Flash: 
No
Flash Modes: 
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, 800, 600 or 400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22s
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, and 800
Flash Xsync: 
X = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
Flash bracketing: 
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes
External Flash Wireless Sync: 
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
With Speedlights such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-R200, SU-800 (commander only), supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
- FX format (36 x 24):
6,048 x 4,032 (L)
4,544 x 3,024 (M)
3,024 x 2,016 (S)
- DX format (24 x 16):
3,968 x 2,640 (L)
2,976 x 1,976 (M)
1,984 x 1,320 (S)
- 5:4 (30 x 24):
5,056 x 4,032 (L)
3,792 x 3,024 (M)
2,528 x 2,016 (S)
Still Image Format: 
1) NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed
2) TIFF (RGB)
3) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression ([Size priority]); [Optimal quality] compression available
4) NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user
Histogram: 
RGB histogram
Playback Zoom: 
Full-frame and thumbnail (4 or 9 images) playback with playback zoom, slide show, histogram display, highlight display, auto image rotation, image comment (up to 36 characters),
Menu Languages: 
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Dutch, English, Finnish, French
German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Swedish
Accessories
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 *1. IX-Nikkor lenses cannot be used *2. Excluding AF-Nikkor lenses for F3AF

Flashes: 
SB 910, SB 900, SB 800, SB 700, SB 600
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
Hi-Speed USB
Sync terminal: 
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Other Conection Interface: 
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
Type A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available
10-pin Remote Terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1, or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 version 2.01 and 3.01 (requires optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Power Source
Power Source: 
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22/MH-21
Battery Life: 
4,400 shots (CIPA)
AC Power: 
EH-6 AC Adapter
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Magnesium alloy
Weather Sealing Details: 
Environmentally-sealed joints that protect the camera from dust and moisture
Width: 
159mm
Height: 
157mm
Depth: 
87mm
Weight: 
1,220 g
OperatingEnvironment: 
0-40°C/32-104°F, Under 85% Humidity (no condensation)

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