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NikonD3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 58 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (44)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Fast shutter speed (38)
  • Good image quality (37)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Noisy at high ISO (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Travel (29)
  • Wildlife (24)
  • Weddings (19)
  • Low light (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (31), Semi-pro photographer (20), Photo enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nikon gets it right!

Everyone talks about D3X, especially about its price. Well, all I can say is this: if you really are a pro it will pay you back. I pair it with 24mm PC...Read complete review

Everyone talks about D3X, especially about its price. Well, all I can say is this: if you really are a pro it will pay you back. I pair it with 24mm PC Nikkor, set it to 5:4 ratio and I get architecture shots that would satisfy many large format die-hards. Set it back to FX, pair it with a wide angle lens, and you have a serious work horse for low light photojournalism. Try it in portraiture and you will be amazed at the quality, detail and excellent skin tones. It also has a very pleasant film like grain at 1250-1600 ISO. D3X feels right in your hand, which also transforms into handheld 1/8 without any problems. White balance is decent, way over average in most cases. Jpegs are big enough for most uses and if you need more resolution, check out the detail in 14 bit RAW uncompressed - it's stunning. Generally a very rewarding all round camera with lots of pixel power, but let's make it clear, it's a pro body and is priced like one so if you think an $8000 camera is going to make your hoilday snaps better, think twice and buy a D700, put more RAM in your computer, and enjoy the same for less, because at the end of the next year D3X will be a history in this ever high paced race for pixel power.There's some drawbacks, like enlarge in preview, lack of sensor cleaning, no HD video, or...yeah, the price, [...]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Aweomse for HDR!

By Bens Viewfinder

from Jonesboro, AR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 9 Frame Auto Bracketing
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light
  • Weight

Best Uses

  • HDR
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

To put it simply this thing rocks HDR. I have been wanting this thing for 4 years and it has lived up to all the hype. This thing has resolution for days! Not to mention the full 9 frame auto bracketing feature is so very nice. It is very rugged and extremely easy to use. The only real negative I can point out is the weight, but that should be expected with a body like this. I shoot mostly on a tripod anyways so it isn't a huge bother. If you are going to do a lot of hiking or carrying it around I would recommend a chest strap, especially if shooting with larger lenses. I have shot about 1,500 frames with it so far and am amazed at how well the AF works. I have only owned it about a month and am hoping they don't release the D4x too quickly so I am not sad I dropped the money on this. One other thing, if you are doing portrait work I would reccomend the D4 due to much better ISO performance, so much better in low light. Great camera, amazing photos, will instantly make everything you shoot look better. You get what you pay for!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Outstanding

By Carol

from Roscoe, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    I am a semi pro photographer - use my bodies for portraits, landscape, and product photography. I have just purchased this body and am currently shooting some small stones that will be printed very large format for commercial art. Let me just say that the 24 mp has blown all other images with my D3S away!!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nikon D3x Stunning!

    By zoommb

    from suburban Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I am a nature/landscape pohotographer. This camera has phenomenal resolution and incredible low-light performance. The ergonomics are great. I can find no fault with it. Some would say it lacks video which is true. However, I have no need for that capability. I have been saving for this camera for a long time and it exceeds my expectations. Nikon has also reduced the weight as compared to the previous model (D2x).

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Built like a tank runs like a ferrari

      By Anders Backman

      from Stavanger, Norway

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Reliable
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • Demanding
      • Heavy
      • Noisy At High ISO

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I was previously shooting a couple of D700's, a D3s, and a F100, and felt I needed something with a bit more resolution for large size print, without having to use the F100. So I looked at the D800, but I didnt manage to make friends with it. I missed the dedicated AF controls, and the files were simply too large to work with for my use (photo journalism, a lot of on-the-road editing). So what to do? The D600 is way too plastic for my use, and the D4 is hardly a step up form the D3s in pure image quality. So I picked this one, the D3X, and it was worth every penny. It just works, no backtalk, and if you are familiar with the Nikon layout, you already know that the ergonomics are perfect. The resolution is more than most people need for normal use, but if you need to print big, this is the ticket. I have used mine in deserts, salt flats, by the ocean, arctic cold and everything in between. Basically, I will give up long before the camera does. And the image quality is brilliant. Stick top quality optics on it, and off you go. The only drawback in my book is that it is not all that great at higher ISO:s, anything above ISO 400 , and I would rather pick up my D700 or D3s and get better results. I put my old 17-35 2,8 on it, and it was simply not up to par. Only the best will do. And this camera is definitely not forgiving...if you are just an average photographer posing as a pro with a big fancy pro camera, this puppy will call your bluff in a second. Unless you are prepared to put the best glass on it, and unless you already know how to use a cmera like this, save yourself a lot of money and buy something less demanding. With a camera like this, and a top of the line lens on it, you, my frind, are for sure the weakest link...

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LOVE IT WORTH THE $

      By Kimi

      from Dunedin FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        I put off getting this for so long because of the price. I am so glad I buckled and got it. it's everything I wanted out of a camera!!!!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best digital PRO never made

        By naturasonreal

        from Lausanne Switzerland

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I think NikonD3x will be the last digital PRO photo camera only.
          the last camera x photographer only.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A BEAST

          By STEADYHAND

          from BROOKLYN NEW YORK

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            i previously owned the canon 1ds mark 3 canon i couldn't get a focus shot if my life depended on it i was told this camera works great with my carl zeiss 100 mm 2.0 my first 20 shots every single one of them was in focused and the details and color blew my mind nothing like i ever seen in my life .. if u want a great camera for beauty fashion and landscape this is the beast for ya...sorry canon

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth the money if you have it

            By JCM

            from Berkeley, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            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.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            want a work horse buy a D3x

            By none real name

            from Santa Rosa CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I am a freelance photographer and have used Nikon for over 40 years. I use a D2x a great camera and about a year ago I purchased a D3x . The quality and the resolution are hard to beat. This camera can just about anything with amazing results. I have used canon cameras, no comparison.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Truly the BEST Fine Art DSLR

              By Aiellophoto

              from Sunnyvale, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Amazing clairity
              • Great Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                After a 6+ mo. wait I finally received my D3x. It's truly an amazing machine. I've only been shooting with a few weeks, but the differences between this body and my D700 are substantial. If you're a professional nature/landscape/commerical photographer, this is the camera body for you.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                OUTSTANDING!

                By NYPRO

                from NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • No complaints

                Best Uses

                • Environmental portraits
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • People
                • Studio

                Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                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 I"m running out of space here! The only problem is once you have this camera you have no excuses for not getting the shot!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My dream come true !

                By IKARO

                from Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  The most powerful machine in the world.... this delivers sharp, well focused images, there is no point to have 10fps if you are going to throw most of the images away because they a re blured as it happens with 5D Mark II, yes, cheap price, but cheap results. As for this, is worth the price you pay for what you get ! If you consider your self a professional, dont hesitate on gear !

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  D3x SLR Digital Camera

                  By LRA

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I purchased the D3x as a complementary camera to a D3s which I purchased about 4 months previously. I intend to use the D3x primarily for landscapes and use the D3s for sports, wildlife and or any situation that has challenging lighting conditions. The D3x produces stunning images with great dynamic range. I really cannot find anything negative to say about the D3x.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10

                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great camera!

                    By Rwelton

                    from Duluth, mn

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I use the camera for landscape shots. Images are fantastic and when you look at the image at 100 % you can see the detail. At first I was skeptical about this camera, when I took my first shot and saw the results I was sold . Great detail, camera fits your hand like a glove. Only thing I wish the price was lower but Iam glad a purchased this beauty!

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                    • No

                    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Resolution

                    By Jon Meyer Photographic Art

                    from Baltimore Maryland

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      I have brought the camera to have something more portable when I travel than the Arca Swiss 4x5 and the Hasselblad 205 TCC without losing resolution. I could not be more pleased with how good the images are and I am very fussy. It is bulky for an SLR but nothing like the other two cameras.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Thanks Nikon!

                      By MB

                      from San Jose, Ca

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Loud shutter
                      • Poor flash compatiblity

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      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.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I love this camera!

                      By Second Circle

                      from Medford Oregon

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        This is a really cool camera. The pics are great. It would be nice to have the video feature but I have the D300 for that.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Finallt hits the sweet spot

                        By Sandraprint

                        from Miami

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professionals

                          Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          I use this for architectural and product/studio work. Am amazed with the quality this tank doles out. Built Nikon tough!

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          What a body! She's picture perfect

                          By Bennington Bob

                          from Rochester, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • A bit heavy for handheld

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          For the past 6 years, I've been using the Fugi S2 Pro body with a few Nikkor lenses. It has served me well, but I've longed for a camera that could use the full capabilities of my lenses. Both the resolution and DX size have "constrained" their potential. How liberating it is now to use these on my new D3X. Although I still haven't reconcilled dipping into my life long savings account, I am quickly becoming addicted to the 24 megapixel capabilities. Sure, 99.9% of my photos will never reveal this degree of detail, but it's sorta like owning a vehicle with a huge engine. I will rarely use the "horse-power" of this resolution, but it's sure nice to know it's there in reserve. With the larger hard drives and storage media available to us, I see no problem is shooting regularly in the highest setting and then downsizing in Photoshop. This way, I can store my images in the highest resolution, and when it comes time to print them out, modify the file to fit the size, printer and end use of that photo. Although I seriously considered the D3s, I was cautious about a camera that took stills and video. Being also a woodworker, I've stayed away from those "all-in-one" tools. Here, I wanted the best still camera in the FX size and I believe this is the best for me. Although it will put one sizeable hole in my savings account... hey... you only live once, right???

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great camers.

                          By Richard

                          from Manassas, VA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance

                          Cons

                          • Heavy bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          I do wedding photography, It takes excellent images. A bit on the heavy side though.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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