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Nikon's original 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor: Couple Nikon's exclusive digital image processing system with the 12.1-megapixel FX-format and you'll get breathtakingly rich images while also reducing noise to unprecedented levels with even higher ISOs.

Extreme low-noise ISO range with advanced noise reduction: This enables photographers to confidently select from 200-6400 ISO with an expanded range that includes: Lo-1 (100 ISO), Hi-1 (12,800 ISO) and Hi-2 (25,600 ISO).

Selectable 12-Bit or 14-Bit A/D Conversion: The choice of selecting bit depths at 12-bit (4,096 tones) or 14-bit (16,384 tones), both yielding incredible image quality through a full 16-bit processing pipeline, enables photographers to choose smaller files at faster operating speeds, as opposed to larger files with smoother tonal gradations at slower operating speeds.

Fast, accurate 51-point auto focus with 3D focus tracking: Add onto that, three dynamic AF modes to deliver exacting autofocus precision at blazing speeds.

Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System (SRS): Improved 1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II provides even more intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with smarter auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance.

Nikon's exclusive Active D-Lighting:  Image enhancement provided on the fly while shooting produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights by controlling light intensity and exposure compensation while applying localized tone control technology to achieve the right level of contrast across the entire image for sharp, detailed results.

Nikon's self-diagnostic shutter system: Tested to 300,000 cycles, this system is a clear indication of advanced engineering and durable construction.

Continuous shooting at up to 9 frames per second: At full FX resolution and up to 11fps in the DX crop mode, the D3 offers uncompromised shooting speeds for fast-action and sports photography.

Nikon's exclusive EXPEED Image Processing Technology: The foundation of Nikon’s newest Image Processing Systems, EXPEED incorporates the concepts, innovations and years of Nikon’s digital image processing experience, providing superior image quality with state-of-the-art technologies at blazing processing speeds.

3.0-inch super density 921,000-dot VGA color monitor: With 170-degree, wide-angle viewing and tempered glass protection, you'll get even better critical image review capabilities.

Two Live View shooting modes: Use either hand-held or with a tripod when shooting in a studio, remote situations or from challenging angles.

New Picture Control settings: This gives photographers dramatically advanced color control with 4 preset options; standard, neutral, vivid and monochrome, as well as 9 customizable settings.

The World's First Virtual Horizon Graphics Indicator: The D3's super-density color LCD monitor, teamed with Nikon's innovative Electronic Virtual Horizon delivers instant and accurate confirmation of the D3's position relative to "horizon level." You can also level the D3 while looking through the viewfinder or on the top-deck LCD.

Comprehensive state-of-the-art dust and moisture countermeasures and electromagnetic interference: With a rugged, durable and precise magnesium-alloy chassis and body, the D3 goes beyond other D-SLRs to protect against invasive moisture, dust and even electromagnetic interference. A comprehensive series of O-rings and other specialized seals, combined with additional engineering, keeps you shooting when lesser cameras would fail.

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I've got the Reining champion of 35 mm cameras; the D3! I've owned the D3 (seems like forever?). Love springs eternally. Noise upon shutter release has not affected my results. I'm far away with the appropriate lens. I shoot fast action sports and environmental portraits. Feels as though the camera were made for my hands. We make a great team. Has a fantastically solid feel. The camera is the star of shooters at my sporting events. Have used in all sorts of non-perfect weather with outstanding results. I utilize many Nikon interchangeable lenses, very smoothly performed. If you know where the peak action spot is, and you focus there, you'll never miss it with this baby. The system also tracks action very well for me. Richard. April 25, 2013
Sharpness Redefined I have had my D3 now for a little more than a month and it has exceeded every expectation I ever had. My primary reason for adding this camera was to experience the FX format. The sharpness of the pictures, the high ISO range that is available, and the high frames per second make this an excellent camera for shooting fast action sporting events and young children. My D3 and D300 make an excellent team with a wide range of capabilities. April 20, 2012
Got a full speed ahead flank - This DSLR is superb. I got mine in South Korea, though it was only 1422 times shutter counted. Still it is amazing. No scratch at all. - My 'gunners' friends were trembling staring at my 'godzilla' D3. Hahaha. - Simply matched with brand new AF-S 24-70 Nano tech. - Thanks Nikon. October 12, 2011
This camera is flawless ! Having been a Nikon shooter for decades now I have to admit that EVERY camera Nikon comes out with is to me the "best". I never thought anything could touch the D2X, I feel that way about the D3....but now realize that when the D4 is announced it will surpass all others. Great company...the BEST cameras! October 4, 2011
D3 is king I'm a pro, here's my list of pros/cons Pros: Best low light performance, but in terms of image quality and focus speed. I shoot 3200 frequently and am never bothered by the results. This quality opens a whole new world. Build is solid and ergonomic. The menu system is excellent (I've used competitor's quite a bit). Battery is great. Cons: What's the point of low light shooting if you don't have some form of AF assist to grab correct focus? (it's missing) I've had a few issues where a 1/2 depressed lens release button 'releases' the lens. I like the dual CF card slot and was excited to use the mirroring mode, but found that the 2nd card doesn't actually mirror. When you delete a file off the primary card, it is not deleted off the 2nd card. Overall, I love this camera. The DNR is average to good. My wish for the newer flagship models to have better dynamic range through sensor design not just better ADC chips. I also hope that Nikon builds in wireless RADIO TTL for Speedlight control. I also wish they'd add crosshatch AF assist to the body for quick, low-light focusing without a Speedlight attached. I do like the video mode trend and am looking forward to 1080p60 or even 120. My dream is a 3/4/5k raw format video mode so I can pull stills from the video stream ready for high-res printing. September 29, 2011
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My camera has a "F EE" message. What is this, how can I fix it?

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Rotate the lens aperture to its smallest setting (highest value). Usually a detent in place to prevent the lens aperture ring from engaging. The lens can now be operated using the camera body controls (auto or manual).
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Here is Nikon's answer:http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2605/~/what-does-the-fee-or-f---error-message-displayed-on-an-slr-camera-mean%3F
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How many frames is the D3 rated for?

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The shutter blades on my D3 came loose, the camera is at 389,253 on the frame count. I am wondering what the camera was originally rated for in my decision to replace or repair. Thanks!
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