Nikon D3, a 12.1 megapixel digital camera, is the latest addition in the camera forum. With this review, know more about the features and specifications of Nikon D3.

Nikon D3

Nikon D3 is eyeing to be the top model in the DSLR range of cameras. It is world’s first D-SLR to offer dual CompactFlash card slots, for outstanding storage flexibility. The digital camera has just the right amalgamation of speed and sensitivity. It has a 12.1 megapixel, with 35 mm frame, image sensor with 12-channel read out, a blazing-fast 9 fps frame rate, expandable ISO settings from 200-6400, completely new 51-Point autofocus system, a 3-inch VGA LCD screen with Live View and a cutting-edge image processing system.
Nikon D3 has been designed and styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign. Its body measures 159.5 (W) ×157 (H) ×87 (D) mm and weighs 1,390 grams, including battery. Apart from having a vertical grip, the camera also flaunts of a horizontal grip. A pro-level weather sealed body, Nikon D3 has a 3-inch VGA LCD screen which allows for a 170-degree viewing angle. There are buttons and dials on the body of the digital camera, which helps the users to figure out all the major controls. Nikon D 3 also provides the users many options to customize the controls, according to the requirements.
An exceptional feature of Nikon D3 is that it is low noisemaker, even at high ISOs. The ISO of the digital camera ranges from 200 to 6400, expandable up to the equivalent of 25,600 or down to 100. The latest feature added to the camera is the new EXPEED image processing, which allows it to capture and process massive amounts of data, at high definition. 51-Point autofocus system is a completely new aspect in the camera features, designed to acquire and track subjects’ movement more accurately. 
Nikon D3's FX format CMOS imaging sensor makes the quality of the pictures explicit. The feature allows outstanding results in dim light conditions as well. In continuous shooting mode, the digital camera is able to capture 37 frames in 3.3 seconds, for an average of 8.6 frames per second at full resolution. The sensor captures image data at 14 bits per color channel, higher than the bit-depth of previous 12-bit sensors.
Technical Specifications
160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in)
1240 g (2.7 lb)
Effective Pixels
12.1 megapixels
Image Sensor
  • 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
  • FX format
  • RGB Color Filter Array
  • Built-in fixed low-pass filter
  • 12.9 million total pixels
  • 12.1 million effective pixels
  • 3:2 aspect ratio        
Image Parameters
  • Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
  • Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
  • Brightness: 3 levels
  • Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
  • Hue: 5 levels 
Playback Mode
  • Full frame
  • Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
  • One-touch zoom
  • Slideshow
  • RGB histogram
  • Shooting data
  • Highlight point
  • Auto image rotation 
  • Dual Compact Flash Type I or II
  • Dual modes: overflow, back-up, RAW on 1 / JPEG on 2, copy
  • UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
  • 36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
Image Size (FX Format)
  • 4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
  • 3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
  • 2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]
Image Size (DX Format)
  • 2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
  • 2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
  • 1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]
Image Size (5:4 format)
  • 3552 x 2832 [L; 10.0 MP]
  • 2656 x 2120 [M; 5.6 MP]
  • 1776 x 1416 [S; 2.5 MP
Auto Focus
  • 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX
  • AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
  • Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
LCD Monitor
  • 3.0 " TFT LCD
  • 922,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
  • 170° viewing angle
  • Brightness adjustment
Shooting Modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous Low [CL]: 1 - 9 fps
  • Continuous High [CH]: 9 fps (9 - 11 fps with DX format)
  • Liveview [LV]
  • Self-Timer (programmable)
  • Mirror-up mode
Flash Control
  • TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-800, 600 or 400
  • AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
  • Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
  • Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
  • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
  • HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type A connector)
  • Remote control 10-pin terminal
  • PC Sync flash terminal
  • Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a/EL4
  • Included dual battery charger MH-22
  • Optional AC adapter EH-6
2 to 20 sec custom 
Supplied Accessories
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a Quick Charger MH-22
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • Audio Video Cable EG-D2
  • Camera Strap AN-D3
  • Body Cap BF-1A
  • Accessory Shoe Cap BS-2
  • Eyepiece DK-17
  • Battery Chamber Cover BL-4
  • USB Cable Clip
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional Accessories
  • Wireless Transmitter WT-4
  • Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M
  • AC Adapter EH-6
  • Capture NX Software
  • Camera Control Pro 2 Software
  • Image Authentication Software

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