Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 24.5 Megapixel Resolution
  • FX-format (full frame) CMOS Sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED Image Processor
  • NEF (RAW) Files at 12- or 14-bit Color
  • 3" Super-density LCD Monitor
  • Live View Shooting Modes
  • 5 fps Continuous at Full Resolution
  • Scene Recognition System
  • Virtual Horizon Indicator
  • Dual CF Card Slots
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Nikon D3x Overview

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The Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) provides incredibly high resolution images, with superb performance, and boasts an array of refinements that enhance performance and improve the user experience. Such features include, Super-high Resolution, the Nikon EXPEED image processor that powers the cameras high performance and its Scene Recognition System, refined viewfinder performance with a Virtual Horizon Indicator; a large LCD with a wide viewing angle and that can provide Live View Shooting, significantly increased battery life; and a wide range of firmware enhancements.

At the heart of the system is a 24.5 Megapixel FX-format (full frame) CMOS Sensor, producing high quality images that can be captured in JPEG, TIFF or RAW file formats at a rate of up to five frames per second at full resolution. The powerful advanced image-processing engine and optimized systems blend high levels of resolution with superb image quality, pure color rendition and the Picture Control System with four setting options (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome), and class-leading speed. The 51 point AF system is tuned to deliver even finer precision and higher performance, and an improved view in High-speed Crop mode makes composition easier. The host of enhancements also includes significantly increased battery life per charge, an improved menu interface, and a high density 3.0-inch LCD with ultra-wide viewing angle.

The camera is built from a rugged, and durable magnesium-alloy, which is strong yet lightweight, is fully protected against dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference, while the ergonomically designed body makes camera operation simple. The D3x maximizes the potential of Nikon's Creative Lighting System, delivering high-precision flash performance including i-TTL flash control, which support for Nikon's Advanced Wireless Lighting system. The EN-EL4a rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides enough power to support shooting of up to 4,400 images on a single charge, can be recharged at any time and features a handy 'fuel gauge', which displays remaining charge by percentage, the number of shots since last charge and overall battery status. And with Dual CF card slots users can easily manage files with overflow, backup and copy options.

24.5 Megapixel FX Format CMOS
The FX Format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor Just about covers the full frame area of 35mm film, and uses large 5.49 micron pixels to capture an incredible 24.5 megapixel effective resolution with astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding commercial applications
Extensive Selection of Compatible Nikkor Lenses
The Nikon F lens mount assures unprecedented compatibility with the expanding family of digital dedicated DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon's comprehensive lineup of AF/AF-S Nikkor lenses long favored by professionals for their outstanding auto focus performance, superb color, high contrast and smooth rendition of out of focus areas in backgrounds
High-performance Image Processing Engine
Nikon's advanced EXPEED image processing engine combines color independent analog pre-conditioning with improved digital image processing algorithms. This innovative system delivers images with a natural and appealing look that benefit from faithful color reproduction and realistic transitions between areas of different color and tone - even when using high ISO Sensitivity levels
12-Bit or 14-Bit A/D Conversion
Users can select either 12-bit or 14-bit color with both yielding incredible image quality. The camera then utilizes a 16-bit processing pipeline, for smoother tonal gradations and a resulting file size of 138MB per image. Users can also select a JPEG file format for smaller compressed images, a fully bitmapped TIFF file format and even a combines RAW + JPEG file for greater versatility
Picture Control Settings
Nikon's Picture Control System makes it easy for users of all experience levels to select and apply adjustments to how their pictures are rendered and create optimized settings to suit their individual preferences. The Picture Control System offers four basic setting options - Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, that can be directly customized with image parameters, such as sharpening, tone compensation, brightness and saturation. Furthermore, users can store up to nine customized options or export up to 99 to a CF memory card, enabling photographers to share settings among multiple cameras
Exclusive Scene Recognition System (SRS)
The Nikon Scene Recognition System uses the acclaimed Nikon 1005-pixel RGB color sensor modified to recognize subjects' shape and position before the image is captured. This also aids the Autofocus system, while enhancing the accuracy of the auto exposure, i-TTL control and white balance metering
1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon's exclusive light metering technology intelligently evaluates numerous elements beyond simple brightness and compares its findings against an onboard database of reference images. Complex and otherwise time-consuming exposures are determined instantly, resulting in consistent and dependable digital imaging exposures
Wide Range of ISO Sensitivity
The camera has a broad ISO range from 100-1600 plus expanded sensitivity settings with a Lo-1 (equivalent to ISO 50), Hi-1 (equivalent to ISO 3200) and Hi-2 (equivalent to 6400) sensitivity settings. The camera produces images with low noise at all ISO Settings thanks to the combination of the large sensor size and the efficient EXPEED Processor
Fast Performance
The D3x can support continuous shooting up to 5 frames per second - even at full resolution, making it a powerful performer for a wide variety of shooting disciplines, particularly for action sports, wildlife, or news gathering applications. It also provides fast power-up, quick responsiveness, and outstanding timer and shutter flexibility to meet the needs of a wide variety of photographic assignments
Fast, Accurate 51-point Autofocus
The 51-point AF system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking can be selected to use groups of 51, 21 or 9 points and provides an AF System with incredible speed and precision. It delivers full AF performance with any NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or faster
3.0" Color LCD Display
The 3.0-inch super density 921,000-dot VGA color monitor provides a crisp clear view of your images with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection making critical image review possible. The camera also includes an information display on the rear LCD screen that can change color according to the ambient lighting conditions, and an easy-to-view top LCD panel
Live View Feature
The D3x includes the Live View system, which presents photographers with a live image on the LCD screen, with two modes suited to either hand held or tripod shooting. The Live View system is particularly useful when shooting in a studio, Utilizing remote shooting or when shooting from challenging angles
Tripod & Hand-held Live View Modes
The Tripod Mode is ideal for photographic applications that require precise focus and composition, such as still life, architecture and macro photography. In this mode, the contrast-detect AF system provides exceptionally accurate focusing from any point in the entire frame so you can easily rearrange your subject while simultaneously confirming your composition, or confirm your focus by enlarging the focus point image up to 13 times. For low- and high-angle compositions where you're unable to look through the viewfinder, the Hand-held Mode can be a tremendous assistance - letting you select your focus point or use Auto-area AF, then use the Live View LCD with its 170-degree viewing angle for composing your shot
Electronic Virtual Horizon
The innovative Virtual Horizon provides instant, accurate confirmation of the D3x's position relative to horizontal level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on the LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also level the D3x while looking through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale
Rugged & Durable Design
Housed in a lightweight yet highly durable magnesium alloy body, the D3x is built to perform reliably under the tough working conditions of professional photographic assignments. Nikon's enhanced sealing system protects every possible seam and exposed part, making the body resistant to dust and drops of water. The camera also has an incredibly reliable shutter mechanism that has been tested to perform for up to 300,000 cycles
Dual CF Card Slots
With two CompactFlash card slots, users can more effectively manage their images right on the camera. The user has several different options as to how the two cards are utilized such as using the second slot for overflow or backup, separating RAW and JPEG files when capturing both types simultaneously or even copy files from one card to the other to share files amongst photographers editors, clients etc.
Long Life Battery
The Powerful EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery provides up to 4,400 images per battery charge lets you shoot up to 4,400 frames per charge (CIPA standard) thanks to intelligent power management, and the available battery power is simple to monitor right in the info display of the camera
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Nikon D3x Specs

Pixels Actual: 25.72 Megapixel
Effective: 24.5 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:5
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Focus Mode Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points 51
Viewfinder Eye Point 18 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1
Exposure Control
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted Average, Spot
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Fluorescent H, Incandescent, Kelvin, Manual, Preset Manual, Shade
Flash Modes First-Curtain Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Battery 1 x EN-EL4a/EL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.2 x 8.5 x 6.4"

Nikon D3x Reviews

D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 58.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money if you have it I bought this body for wildlife photography to get the full benefits of the Nikon 200-400 f4 lens. My thinking was that the lens is so bulky and heavy that the additional size and weight of the D3X (compared to a D700) would hardly be noticeable. That all turned out to be true. To my surprise, I find myself carrying this as my everyday body instead of the D700. It feels right in my hand. It's much easier to take vertical (portrait) shots. The shutter vibration seems less. It's built like a tank. I can see the benefit of the increased resolution and the increase in post processing time from the larger file size is negligible.
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING! A Must have piece of equipment! Until I was regularly shooting with the D3X I didn't know what it was like to be able to do anything I want with a single camera. I've owned Canon's and still shoot with Leaf H-Aptus Systems but This camera is the only one I need. Spectacular Image detail, spot on color, fast, ergonomically brilliant, impressive resolution, 250th Flash sync, creative lighting system, shooting in all kinds of weather without cringing, ISO 1600 low light capability, ISO 100 incredible image detail, dual CF cards, simple tethered capability with PhaseOne & NIKON software...YIKKKKES Im running out of space here! The only problem is once you have this camera you have no excuses for not getting the shot!
Date published: 2011-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from D3x: I love it, a great camera I use professionally for weddings and portraits; personally for travel and landscapes. Most outstanding feature is image quality - beautiful images. I use in combination with a D3 for wedding photography - they make a great combination. The D3x is much better at high ISO than I expected; I have no qualms about shooting at 1600 when I have to for events where the lighting isn't the greatest. It is a little slower (frame rate and time it takes to record images); D3 of course is faster and has better high ISO performance so I use the D3 more than the D3x for candids/PJ work and use the D3x more for portraits, posed shots, critical images of the bride, etc. It is well constructed and heavy - but it feels great in your hands and I don't mind the weight at all
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best DLSR on the Market I am primarily a nature and landscape photographer, and I had a D3 for about a year. That was a great camera, but I wanted the additional pixel density of the D3x. I am certainly pleased with the resolution of the D3x. Other than the resolution and ISO range, the D3x is the same camera as the D3. My recommendation would be buy the D3 if you are primarily a wedding, indoor, or portrait photographer. The ISO range of the D3 will help most here. If you are an outdoor photographer, the D3x is the ticket. The only downside is, of course, the price.
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from See it to believe it Images that come off the page. As good as any 6X7 film images ever. The D3 gave the cleanest images, but the D3X is over the top. Nikon, Leica, Blad were always expensive cameras. They still are. Never in the film days could you have the kind of control possible with digital. As digital has improved Nikon with the D3X has moved far forward. If your still waiting now is the time. The glass has always been the expensive part and still is. Lens from 1965 are as good today on the D3X as they were on a Nikon F. Find another company that can make that claim.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breadwinner As an architectural and fine art photographer I make my living selling clear beautiful images and the Nikon D3x produces those beautifully. While most of my images are shot at basic iso 100 on a tripod with mirror lock up I find I prefer my D3x to my D3 for any iso up to 1600. I have produced a number of 40x60 inch prints of horseraces taken at iso 1600 that show the stitching on the jockey's silks! My only wish is that the focus points were distributed around the exterior of the viewing screen as well as the interior.
Date published: 2010-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from d3x pics I have just completed an overseas shoot in China and have shot about 6,000 images with both the d3x and d3 and can share some thoughts. Overall I found the d3 much more flexible and versatile mainly because its iso capability surpasses the d3x in every aspect even beggining at 1200 .I found the d3x useful only in about a dozen shots out of those thousands when both were in similiar circumstances and those shots were at 24 m pixels. I regret purchasing this camera for 8k and believe that a more correct price is about 2,800 -3,000 especially in view of the new canon 5d mkii.
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks Nikon! I am totally astounded by not only the truly emulsion like detail and dynamic range, but I was totally shocked by the magnificent color rendition and amazing accuracy, even in auto. Overall the D3x produces image quality better than anything I have achieved even with 4x5 and laser scanning. It will be interesting to see if frame stitching can totally replace my view camera. Hello D3x, farewell Velvia we shall miss ye, sorta.
Date published: 2010-12-03
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It is possible to take panorama pictures? if the answer is yes, please tell me how.
Asked by: Anonymous
The camera does not have a panoramic mode where it automatically stitches photos together to make a super wide angle panoramic shot.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I am interested in the NikonD3x body only what is the price?
Asked by: Anonymous
Our site is live with stock and pricing, so the price of an item can typically be found on the items page. That being said, at the time of this posting, the D3x is $6,999.00. Do keep in mind, that at the time of this posting, it is also backordered.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I have the SB 700 speed lites. Are they compatible with this camera? How well is the compatibility?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Nikon D3X is fully compatible with the Nikon SB-700.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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