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The world’s best photographers depend on the best equipment to deliver consistently stunning and remarkably detailed shots, and the D3X, with its 24.5 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, promises just that. Capture every color variant and every subtlety, and bring them to life right in your hands. Customize the D3X’s settings to suit your style or adjust for any situation, whether in the studio or in the field. You can always expect breathtaking image fidelity and unbelievable richness in every demanding commercial application. Every image the D3X captures is jam-packed with life, sharpness and brilliance.

Key Features

Exquisite details
24.5 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor


The sensor's 24.5 megapixels are only the beginning. No matter how you shoot—tightly controlled or on the fly—the camera's phenomenally wide dynamic range retains subtlety of shadow and highlight detail that contributes to breathtaking image fidelity, which can make the difference between good pictures and exceptional ones.
Astounding image quality
Approx. 138MB Processed NEF (RAW) File


The D3X captures the entire spectrum of color and every intricate detail, adding so much life and reality to your photos they rival real life. Selectable bit depths of 12 bit (4,096 tones) or 14 bit (16,384 tones), both yielding incredible image quality through a 16-bit processing pipeline, for smoother tonal gradations.
Greater shooting versatility
Two Live View shooting modes


Live View delivers tremendous creative freedom for a broad spectrum of shooting situations, from still life in a studio where precise focus is essential, to outdoor environments where you may not always be able to physically see your subject through the viewfinder. The D3X adds even more flexibility with two Live View modes: Tripod and Hand-held. With the Tripod Mode, acute focusing accuracy is easily confirmed with up to 27x magnification.
Powerful, wide-area coverage
The D3X’s fast, accurate 51-point autofocus system features 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking, for autofocus precision and razor sharpness.
Rich image previewing
The D3X features an expansive 3-in. VGA LCD monitor with reinforced glass. Its approx. 921k-dot resolution assures clear, detailed display of images, which proves invaluable when confirming focus or assessing image sharpness.
Images with the X-factor
EXPEED image processing technologies


Images with the X-factor are what your clients expect and your reputation deserves. Nikon's EXPEED processing system is much more than a mere label or processing chip component. It’s designed specifically to meet the requirements of a 24.5-megapixel sensor. The results will exceed the expectations of any commercial or fine art photographer whose work requires extreme resolution, rich tonal gradation, outstanding color accuracy and remarkable detail.
Crisp photos in any light
Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600


Designed for fashion, portrait and landscape shoots, where large image files and an extreme attention to detail are required, the D3X provides crisp and clear shots with a broad dynamic range. Expand the ISO sensitivity from Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent) to a higher setting of Hi-1 (ISO 3200 equivalent) or Hi-2 (ISO 6400 equivalent) for versatility and more detail in low light or night situations.
Continuous shooting
Up to 5 fps at full FX-format resolution


Commercial image quality teams with speed and handling to create new shooting possibilities—in the studio or on location. Stay on your toes and don’t miss a scene-stealing moment with continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second, leaving you with countless colorful and astonishingly true to life pictures.
More accurate performance
The exclusive technology of the 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System provide intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with refined auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance.
100% frame coverage
With approximately 100% frame coverage in the viewfinder, what you see is exactly what you capture. The specially coated glass pentagonal prism and precision-crafted finder screen offer not only a bright viewfinder image, but also enable you to easily confirm when a subject is in focus.
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Blown away, a work of art to create art. As I try to sit down and write a review I find myself asking questions of why I purchased this piece of equipment?, well in a nut shell from starting out in the Digital world with a Nikon D70 to a D200 then D3 and now D3x I find myself with a camera that has pretty much covered all the requirements needed to have in a photographers hands a portable Photo Studio and Lab, coupled to Nikkor Stellar Glass it is a winners combination in a DSLR 35mm format. I find myself having a little complaint with ISO that it falls short in the higher ranges above 600 starts to get pretty noisy in my opinion when trying to shoot natural light night short shutter duration shots, in that my older D3 out performs the D3x in higher ISO non noise issues but sacrifice the mega pixels that the D3x out shines in, if Nikon could have had the same ISO range as the D3 or the D3s has, this review would be much shorter than it is. I have had my D3x for just over a year and my D3 since April of 2008 and these two cameras are very well constructed tanks, yes tanks! they are very well constructed and will take some abuse in rigorous shooting conditions, from weddings to mountainous landscape shooting, and from very cold temps to very warm, and haven't had any issues with slow dragging shutters from the cold or electronics failing from heat issues. The controls are pretty much laid out great and if you have had any other Nikon Digital SLR's then navigating the external controls are no real issue, but sub menus are somewhat different then lets say a D200, the D3x just has more of them and choices to make in exposure and metering with to many to list here type of controls that will make you stumble backwards in a cold sweat at first trying to remember what control you just changed and were it was? lol but in no time it's easy to learn sub menus and how quickly they are to pull up. I cant wait to see the next line of Pro range camera bodies to show up in the line up, since the introduction of the D4, I wonder if a D4x will pop up with 32 mega pixels and frankly I really don't see a need to go to far beyond the 24 the D3x has, I am not into having video in my DSLR's but that is my opinion and don't see the need in this high end of a camera but for those who do, I think a D4xs version might be a good idea then? I can't say enough about this Camera body that others have already said, but if you want one powerful tool in your camera bag then this is the one. February 2, 2012
Incredible Image Quality & Wonderful Ergonomics Nikon user for nearly 30 years. I just love this camera, absolutely love it. Already owned a D3 when I bought the D3x, I find I only use the D3 now in extreme low light situations or when I need a super-high fps rate. Images are super-clear with minimal noise, even with 30sec or longer exposures. It is great for studio work, great for landscapes....... basically I have not found anything this camera does not excel at unless you cover something like sporting events where a fast frame rate or high ISO is needed. Image quality is second to none. In fact, as rated by the largest software developer of lens correcting software, only the highest resolution (costing $40K+) medium format backs score higher for image quality. This is an incredible camera! January 30, 2012
D3X is easy to operate The D3X produces film quality. The image size is mind boggling and the ease of operation is so simple. I can operate the D3X easier than a P&S camera. Along with the use on Nikon Capture NX2 to process the RAW NEF captures is unbeatable. The D3X is as close to using a view camera as I have ever experienced. If were to compare the D3X to an automobile it would have to be compares to a 12 cylinder Mercedes Benz with all of the features in that high end model. September 22, 2011
NIKON, GOTTA LUV EM' BIRTHING THE D3X! Once again, after 25+ loyal years owning/using and breaking Nikon cameras, Nikon delivers a gorgeous bombshell of a camera that Eva Gabor would be proud of! The D3X has given me another reason to officially retire my film bag, divorce my F4S and upgrade. After a two week crash course studying the manual and video tutorials, I used two D3X shooter on a five hour event assignment this past weekend and was amazed!! The sync ratio was seamless with my Acute 2400 lighting system and pocket wizards. I boldly used the N24-70/2.8G ED-If AF-S lens and couldn't put it down. My partner used the dedicated N180/2.8 ED, both cams mounted the SB900 which has great output in TTL mode and literally blew out the event room in M 1/1, I kept it dialed down to TTL and bounced. You may think it necessary to have a mechanical/electrical degree from MIT after reviewing the 400+page manual, but I assure you after focusing on the essentials you are in store for a pleasant foto session. Be aware of charging batteries on the rapid charger, proper storage (32gig compact flash cards are not cheap!) and mindful of your file format. I used Jpeg Fine M-medium and I'm extremely pleased with the file format outcome. I recommend using RAW only if you're session requires high quality low capacity shooting up to or slightly beyond 250 images on 8gig CF. Stay dedicated to your ISO and study your functions, preprogram you camera, test, test and test again before taking to an assignment! You’ll have WONDERFUL visuals and clients extremely pleased - All the Best Nikonites!!! August 8, 2011
Best bang for the buck When you are looking for top notch gear for photography in the DSLR world, the D3X has no match. It allows you to work with very high resolution on a true 35 mm format, with all the perks of a medium format and with the affordability of a SLR. This is a professional camera, so its price tag is not for the occasional shooter, its for real high end productive photographers. Use it, and you will never consider anything else to work with. July 9, 2011
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which lens suits for d3x &d3s?

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The right selection for a lens will depend a lot on the type of photography that you are interesting. Some photographers look for faster lenses (large aperture ex. F/2.8), wide angle, Telephoto, Macro or zoom lenses.
Please visit our website and use the lens finder tool in order for you to make your selection base on your needs.
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Would nikon include Automatic sensor cleaning feature for the d3x.

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Thanks for your question about Nikon products. Unfortunately we cannot speculate about future products until official information is announced on our web site: www.nikonusa.com
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Interest for the D3x has been very high and there were a large number of pre-orders (many dealers had created waiting lists). Based on orders received so far, we expect it could be up to several months before supply can meet demand and dealers will have them on the shelf available for immediate delivery. If you have an urgent need I'd strongly suggest ordering one now from an authorized dealer so that you will be on their list as they receive shipments from us.
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Is the Nikon D3X camaera available in Canadian retail locations?

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Please visit Nikon global site for more information regarding other countries. www.nikon.com
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when I click on the memo in Nikon View I can't get playback
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About true High Definition & what 2 different D3x and D4 Nikon camera?

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Do Nikon D3x and D4 camera both have High Definition (HD) for shooting that picture is HD (not want Standard Definition)??? I hope it is true HD for take picture shooting of Nikon D3x & D4 (HD 1080p/24).
I understood Nikon D3x have HD movie (video) too.
And I want know do it same Nikon D4 and Nikon D3x is almost same or what look-like 2 different?
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The D4 has the capability to shoot full HD movies. The technical specifications listed for movies for the D4 are as follows:
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps

The D3x does not have the capability to record movies.

The best way to compare the D4 with the D3x is to use the compare tool on our Nikonusa.com. Go to the below page, check the "Compare" boxes below each camera then click "Compare Now" to see the specifications for the selected cameras side-by-side.
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Are there any firmware upgrades available for the d3x?

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The latest update available is A: 1.01 / B:1.02 so if you all ready have this then no there are no new updates
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The D3X has been on back order for quite a long time now. I cannot get an honest answer from either Nikon Support or dealers regarding the future of the D3X or whether it will even become available.. What I'm fearful of is purchasing one of the only available bodies.. only to hear from Nikon 3 months later that it has been discontinued and Nikon will no longer service the camera body.. even for general inspections and cleaning.. I don't shoot video.. so I don't want to pay for an option I will never use.. Has Nikon decided to discontinue the manufacturing of cameras such as the D3X that shoots only stills?
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The D3x is no longer in production and is unlikely to be restocked on the Nikon Store. However, some authorized retailers may still have stock on this item.

The only DSLR in Nikon's current line up that does not feature the ability to shoot movies is the Nikon Df. The Df is engineered to enhance the experience of taking photos and represents a culmination of decades of experience and feedback from photographers in the field, the studio and the sidelines.
 
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