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Nikon D3 digital camera
at a glance
4256 x 2832
3" lcd viewer (VGA)
CF I / II, UDMA compliant
EN-EL4(a) Li-ion
Nikon D3 review summary
camera date Nov 07  
pixels / class 12.8M  Pro SLR digital camera
overall rating not rated overall camera rating  8 reviews
image quality not rated image quality rating  
ease of use not rated usability rating  
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user profile user profile: digital photography professional
Nikon D3 specifications
lens / zoom  Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts (DX and D or G-type: all functions supported)
focus / macro  auto | manual
metering mode  (3D) color matrix / center weighted / spot
aperture  auto | manual
white balance  auto, 7 manual presets, color temperature fine-tuning
shutter  auto | manual / B, 30s - 1/8000s
exposure  +/- 5EV in 1/1, 1/2 or 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  ISO hot-shoe, 5 sync modes
viewfinder  ttl optical
iso ratings  200 - 6400 in 1/1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps; expandable to 100, 25600)
image size  4256x2832 / 3184x2120 / 2128x1416 / 5:4 format: 3552x2832 / 2656x2120 / 1776x1416 (1)
image format  raw / jpeg (exif 2.21)
image compr.  
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer 2s, 3s, 10s, 20s
video options  
audio options  
connectivity  usb 2.0 (high speed); video (NTSC / PAL); HDMI
storage  compact flash I / II, UDMA compliant
extra features  CMOS sensor 36.0 x 23.9 mm
live view (2 modes)
miscellaneous  (1) plus DX format: 2784x1848 / 2080x1384 / 1392x920
Nikon D3 links
Reviews for shutterbugs and professionals
19Apr08 Nikon D3 review at dpreview
15Mar08 Nikon D3 review by Shun Cheung at
18Feb08 Nikon D3 review at PhotograpyBLOG
10Dec07 Nikon meets Canon in the ring by John Harrington
Introductions, previews and other reviews
20Nov08 Nikon D3 vs. Sony A900 at The Online Photographer
08Jan08 Nikon D3 digital SLR review by Bjørn Rørslett
10Dec07 Nikon / Canon comparison at Luminous-landscape
23Aug07 Nikon D3 preview at imaging-resource
News, guides, hints & tips
23Dec08 Lenses for use with the Nikon digital SLRs
02Jul08 Nikon releases D3 firmware update version 2.00
24Aug07 Nikon D3 press summary
Forum discussions Nikon SLR Talk Forum nikon SLR forum Nikon Talk Forum
Forums at the Nikonians  Nikon Forum Nikon Forum
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Nikon D3 announcement clippings

Incorporating the large CMOS image sensor developed by Nikon, the D3 features 12.1 effective megapixels and a sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 6,400 at normal setting.

The D3 employs an FX-format CMOS image sensor with a sensor area of 36.0 (H) x 23.9 (V) mm. It offers superior picture quality throughout a wide sensitivity range with such advantages as a large pixel size to ensure high S/N ratio and wide dynamic range, adoption of an element structure that improves light-utilization efficiency. In addition, high-speed 12-channel readout enables fast continuous shooting for 12.1-megapixel images at approximately 9 frames per second, as well as high-speed performance to ensure shooting in Liveview modes.

With the Nikon D3, users can select one of the three image areas — FX format (36 x 24), DX format (24 x 16) or 5:4 (30 x 24).
When a DX NIKKOR lens is attached, DX format is automatically selected. With DX format or 5:4 format, an area not covered by the sensor is automatically masked in the viewfinder. High-definition, 3-inch VGA, TFT LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle Ultrahigh-definition [920,000-dot VGA (640 x 480)], 3-inch LCD monitor with tempered glass provides 170° viewing angle. Large monitor is quite effective when confirming focus with enlarged playback images. Wide-viewing angle enables easy recomposing of the frame in Handheld mode of Liveview.

Liveview function enables shooting while confirming subjects in the LCD monitor.
In Handheld mode, which allows recomposing of the frame prior to actual shooting, ordinary TTL phase-difference AF using all 51 AF points including 15 cross-type points is activated.
Tripod mode is designed for precise focus accuracy with still subjects and tripod stabilization. In this mode, focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area is possible. Remote view, focusing and shooting are also made possible on a PC (wired or wirelessly).

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