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The Nikon D3x:

Nikon D3x

The new Nikon flagship, aimed squarely at the studio or landscape photographer. It doubles the megapixel count of the existing D3, while almost doubling the street price (Nikon D3's are hovering around $4,200 at the time of the announcement for a USA model, $3,700 for grey market).

Looking at the spec's, it's basically a D3 with a higher resolution/lower ISO sensor. The larger image file size means the max f.p.s. has dropped to 5 f.p.s. (from the D3's 9 f.p.s.), the camera has lost about 20 grams in weight, and according to Nikon the D3x will get an extra 100 shots over the D3 per battery charge. Other than that the specs are identical.

With a DX crop mode giving a 10.5 megapixel image at 7 f.p.s. the D3x could be used as an action/sports camera in a pinch, but at almost double the current street price of the Nikon D3 and many times the price of the D700 or D300 that would be a stretch, especially since all three of those would give a higher megapixel image at a faster frame rate (with the MB-D10 for the D300/D700) and similar or better ISO ranges.

After months of speculation it's finally here.

Nikon D3x

Nikon D3x

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Nikon D3x Specifications:

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Manufacturer: Nikon
Model: D3x
MSRP: $7,999.95
Date Announced: 2008-11-30
Sensor Format, Size: FX Format
35.9 mm x 24 mm
Sensor Type: CMOS
Total Pixels: 25.72 million
Effective Pixels: 24.5 million
Image Area (pixels): FX-format
(L) 6,048 x 4,032
(M)4,544 x 3024
(S)3,024 x 2016

5:4 format (30 x 24)
(L) 5,056 x 4,032
(M)3,792 x 3,024
(S)2,528 x 2,016

DX-format
(L) 3,968 x 2,640
(M)2,976 x 1976
(S)1,984 x 1,320

Max. Frames Per Second: FX Format: 5 f.p.s.
DX Format: 7 f.p.s.
Video Mode: None
LCD: 3 inch, 920,000 Dots Super Density VGA TFT

170-degree wide-viewing angle

Brightness Adjustment:7 levels
Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speeds: 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Bulb
Mirror Lock Up: Yes
ISO Range: Base ISO: 100-1,600
Extended ISO: 50-6,400
Storage Media: Dual Slots for Compact Flash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA), Microdrive
UDMA Support: Yes
Storage System: Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Op
File System: Compliant with DCF 2.0
DPOF
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes: P: Programmed Auto with Flexible Program
S:Shutter-Priority Auto
A: Aperture-Priority Auto
M: Manual
Metering System: 1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Variable Center-weighted
Spot AF
Spot meter centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range:
  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 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU
AI
Exposure Compensation: +/-5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1
Exposure Lock: Yes: Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Bracketing: Yes: From 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Shutter Release Modes: Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames-per-second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5 frames-per-second
Live View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
White Balance: Sun
Shade
Fluorescent
Incandescent
Flash
Preset
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
Auto
White Balance Bracketing: Yes: 2 to 9 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3
White Balance Fine Tuning: Yes
Live View: Handheld mode
Tripod Mode
Playback Functions: Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 16 segments)
Zoom
Slideshow
Histogram
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Voice Memo
Interface: Hi-speed USB
NTSC
PAL
HDMI
10-pin Terminal
Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible 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
Picture Angle: Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Viewfinder: SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Approx. 100% Coverage
Approx. 0.7x Magnification
18 mm (-1.0 m-1) Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type
Focusing Screen: BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B
Interchangeable (BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B Clear Matte VI - Type E)
Lens Aperture: Instant-return type with depth-of-field preview button
Depth-of-field Control: Yes
Autofocus System: Autofocus TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20C/68F); AF fine adjustment possible. Focal-plane contrast [in LiveView (Tripod) mode]
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 51
Autofocus Fine Tune: Yes
Focus Modes: Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual

Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Auto-area AF Mode
Focus Lock: AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control: Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing: Trim
D-Lighting
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Side-by-Side Comparison
Filter Effects
Monochrome
Red-eye correction
Built-in Flash: No
External Flash Shoe: Yes, Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Dust-Off Reference Photo: Yes
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: Yes
Save/Load Camera settings: Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: Yes
Flash Sync Speed: up to 1/250
X-Sync Speed: up to 1/250
FP High Speed Sync: up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes: Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control:
  1. TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
  2. Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
  3. Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s
  4. Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, SB-800
Flash Sync Terminal: Yes
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Self-timer: Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
Batteries: EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor: EH-6 AC Adapter
Battery Charger: MH-21 Quick Charger
MH-22 Quick Charger
Image Comment: Yes (Up to 36 characters)
Voice Memo Function: Yes
Battery Life: 4,400 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket: 1/4-20
Approx. Dimensions: Width: 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height: 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth: 3.4 in. (87.5mm)
Approx. Weight: 43 oz. (1,230g)
Supported Languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied Software: Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: WT-4a Wireless Transmitter, DK-17M Magnifying Eyepiece, EH-6 AC Adapter, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
Supplied Accessories: Rechargeable 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 Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area
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