Nikon D3

Nikon D3

When the Nikon D3 was first introduced in 2007, it generated a great deal of interest. Photographers could shoot at ISO settings of up to 25,600 with the Nikon D3, which was the world’s first full-frame (or ‘FX format’) DSLR.

While the D3 was primarily known for its outstanding high-ISO performance, it was also equipped with numerous enhancements over the D2XS, including 14-bit A/D conversion, a new standard image processor, a new shutter, a new 52-point autofocus sensor, AF tracking by color, nine frames per second continuous shooting, dual compact flash support, DX lens support (albeit at a lower resolution with automatic cropping), and a 3.0″ 922,000-pixel LCD monitor. The D

When we put the D3 through its paces, we discovered that it delivered superb image quality and performance. However, despite its blistering speed and adaptable AF system making it a great sports camera, it also performs admirably in studio and landscape photography.

In terms of image quality (particularly at higher ISOs), the camera is a delight to use, and the speed and responsiveness are astonishing.

Nikon D3 Specs

Body typeLarge SLR
Max resolution4256 x 2832
Other resolutions3184 x 2120, 2128 x 1416
Image ratio w:h5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors13 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISO200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (100 – 25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointSingleContinuousLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
Flash modesFront curtain, Rear-curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 to 20 sec)
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Storage typesCompact Flash (Type I or II) x2
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Weight (inc. batteries)1300 g (2.87 lb / 45.86 oz)
Dimensions160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.46″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features

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