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Nikon D3

Nikon D3
alaScore 94

1568 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1568 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and usability are generally positive. The performance and screen are also appreciated.

value for money, screen, performance, usability, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Usain Bolt of DSLR Cameras Sports Blazing Speed


Nikon's quest for speed spawned the Usain Bolt of DSLRs, keen on showboatin' a full-frame, 12.1-megapixel image sensor that fires up to nine frames per second.

High-ISO shooting is fantastic, with low noise, even at ISO 3200. In-camera RAW conversion. Live-view function is the best of the top-end DSLRs. Dual CF card capability

So many functions it could take a lifetime to nail them all. No dust-busting sensor-cleaning system

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Nikon D3 (Body Only)


Full-frame sensor; well designed, pro-level weather-sealed body; very low noise, even at extremely high ISOs; fast.

Resolution lags far behind the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Sony's forthcoming 24-megapixel dSLR.

Nikon's flagship dSLR packs a full-frame 12-megapixel sensor and is a highly versatile imaging powerhouse that lets photographers create images previously impossible to capture.

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Nikon D3


Nikon D3 is a new digital SLR camera that is poised to once again revolutionize photography for professionals. The 12.1 effective megapixel D3 features Nikon's new FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical to the size of...

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Nikon D3 Review


With a new, Nikon-developed 12.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor plus selectable ISO extending all the way up to ISO 6400 and a HI option equivalent to ISO 25600, making it not only a rapid shooter but one capable of best-in-class low light...

The Nikon D3 has got to be the top choice for anyone wanting high quality, rapid-fire image capture, or extremely low light photography without flash, who is not otherwise wedded to the Canon system. Press sports and news photographers are the...

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Nikon D3 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


And stay tuned for more over the coming days

Exceptional shutter response ; 12.1-megapixel FX format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor provides full frame focal lengths without taxing your existing storage system ; Very fast (in fact the fastest available) burst speed of 9 fps at full FX resolution ;...

12.1-megapixels may not be sufficient for some applications ; DX mode only 5-megapixels ; ISO below 200 disappoints ; Poor auto white balance in incandescent lighting ; No automated sensor filter cleaning ; Not an inconspicuous design ; 43.7 ounces...

Pro photographers just got a new option for full-frame digital photography: the Nikon D3 digital SLR camera. Not only will it make their old Nikon glass fully usable again, but it's now the fastest digital SLR on the market -- with some limitations

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Nikon D3


Sure to be a blockbuster, the Nikon D3 is a remarkable professional-grade digital SLR, with a number of new and exciting features that will have photography buffs drooling. The D3 is a full-frame camera, capturing the entire image field with every...

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Nikon D-3 Review


The Nikon D-3 SLR Camera has a lot of professional features and is still one of the top of the line cameras available despite having been out for a couple of years. While professionals will enjoy all the bells and whistles, amateurs could get...

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Nikon D3 Review Round-Up


Pro photographers just got a new option for full-frame digital photography: the Nikon D3 digital SLR camera. Not only will it make their old Nikon glass fully usable again, but it's now the fastest digital SLR on the market — with some limitations. As...

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Hands On: Nikon D3


The Nikon D3 ($5,000, street, body only) may not be within reach of most photographers' budgets, but that won't stop them from dreaming about this amazing pro camera. We'll find out precisely how amazing it is when we put a production version through...

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Nikon D3 dubbed as Usain Bolt of DSLRs


The Nikon D3 is dubbed as the Usain Bolt of DSLRs. For those who are not into sport, just a short note about the guy Usain Bolt - he is the world's fastest man

Product Specifications

Designed with sports photographers and photojournalists in mind, the Nikon D3 introduces an astounding list of brand new features and technologies that make it the most sophisticated and advanced Nikon digital SLR to date. In addition to the new FX-format CMOS sensor, the D3 incorporates Nikon's new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to the blazing speed and processing power needed for many of the D3's new features. Images taken with the D3 reflect exceptional overall quality, broad tonal range and depth, along with extremely low-noise throughout its normal ISO range of 200 to 6400. By setting the camera to its built-in options of Lo-1 or Hi-2, the ISO range of the camera can be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 100 or ISO 25,600 respectively, offering unmatched versatility in practically any shooting situation. The D3 also features an entirely new 51-point auto focus system with Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow photographers to frame a photograph using the camera's high-resolution LCD monitor. The D3 uses the world's first Scene Recognition System to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance detection in the camera by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions. The D3 reflects Nikon's most streamlined, functional and aesthetically pleasing layout in a digital SLR camera, all designed so photographers can take pictures with less fatigue, greater accuracy and comfort.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL4a

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.5in/7.1in / 6.8in
Weight:2.7lbs/5.3lbs / 4lbs

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Model:D3/Executive Leather Case / Deluxe Expander Case
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad/Nikon

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only


Category of Accessory:Carrying cases / Notebook and tablet PC accessories
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Product Material:Leather / Nylon
Product Type:Notebook carrying case
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Notebook Compatibility Dimensions

Notebook Compatibility:15.4in
Notebook Compatibility (metric):39.1cm

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:23.9 x 36mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):23.9 x 36 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:Limited lifetime warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-6400
Special Effects:Monochrome / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical