Overview

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.

Key features

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.

 

Technical Specifications

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
Effective angle of viewEquivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Effective pixels24.5 million
Image sensorCMOS sensor, 35.9 x 24.0 mm; Nikon FX format
Total pixels25.72 million
Dust-reduction systemImage Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
Image size (pixels)- 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)
Storage file formats1) 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
Picture Control SystemFour setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted
MediaCompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives
Dual card slotSlot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images
File systemCompliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21, and PictBridge
ViewfinderSLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Diopter adjustment-3 to +1 m-1
Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Frame coverageApprox. 100% (vertical/horizontal) in FX format, approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal) in DX format, approx. 100% (vertical) and approx. 97% (horizontal) in 5:4
MagnificationApprox. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Reflex mirrorQuick-return type
Depth-of-field previewWhen 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)
Lens apertureInstant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Compatible lenses1) 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 D2: 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
Shutter typeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; Bulb
Flash sync speedX = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
Release mode1) 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
Frame advance rate• DX format (24 x 16): Up to 5 fps (CL) or 5 to 7 fps (CH) • Other image areas: Up to 5 fps
Self-timerElectronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s
Exposure meteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method1) 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 (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)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 meter couplingCombined CPU and AI
Mode1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program 2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S) 3) Aperture- Priority Auto (A) 4) Manual (M)
Exposure compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure lockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure bracketingExposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
ISO sensitivityISO 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
Active D-LightingCan be selected from [Auto], [Extra high], [High], [Normal], [Low], or [Off]
AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase-detection; 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible
Detection range-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); Focus Tracking automatically activated according to subject status 2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus pointsSingle AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode1) Single-point AF 2) Dynamic-area AF [number of AF points: 9, 21, 51, 51 (3D-Tracking)] 3) Auto-area AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-point AF in AF-S)
Flash control1) 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 modes1) Front-curtain sync (normal) 2) Slow sync 3) Rear-curtain sync 4) Red-eye reduction 5) Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash-ready indicatorLights when Speedlight such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock
Sync terminalISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Nikon Creative Lighting SystemWith 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
White balance• 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
Live View - ModesHandheld mode: TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors) Tripod mode: Contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a specific area
Monitor3-in., approx. 920k-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
PlaybackFull-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), and voice memo input and playback
USBHi-Speed USB
Video outputNTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
HDMI outputType A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available
Accessory terminal(s)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)
Supported languagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
BatteryOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22/MH-21
AC adapterAC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.
WeightApprox. 1,220 g/2 lb. 11 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
Operating environment - temperature0-40°C/32-104°F
Operating environment - humidityUnder 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesRechargeable 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 1Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area