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Nikon D3X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 234 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and screen. The color and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer and flash. There are some mixed views about the sensor.

image quality, performance, color, screen, usability

value for money, portability, flash, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D3X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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The Nikon D3x is a full-frame, 24.5-megapixel camera has a list price of $7999.95 without lens. Designed for studio use, the D3x performed very well in our lab tests, but in general scored slightly lower than the D700.

Reviewing the Nikon D3x is a difficult task, as the camera is designed with a very specific type of user in mind. With a body that costs $8000 paired with a $2000 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, this camera is a substantial investment, a business expense rather...

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Nikon D3x Review


Ever since the simultaneous announcement of the Nikon D1H and D1X back in 2001 Nikon's professional D 'single digit' series has been split into two - the X series designed for high resolution applications such as fashion or landscape photography and...

At low ISOs clean, artifact-free output with class-leading pixel-level detail ; Resolution up with the very best ; Efficient D-Lighting preserves extra highlight detail (although the effect is fairly subtle) ; Good High ISO/noise performance, usable...

Self-Timer cannot be used in Live-View ; Image parameters only offer limited latitude of adjustment ; Unreliable Auto White Balance in artificial light ; Steep JPEG tone curve can lead to clipped highlights ; Slight tendency to overexpose flash images...

The D3X takes the crown as the king of the high resolution DSLRs, leapfrogging the Canon EOS-1D Mk III and offering breathtaking image quality when shot under optimal conditions. Putting aside the eye-watering price it's hard to find much to complain...

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Nikon D3x reviewed: unmatched image quality, steep price tag


While all of the Nikon D3x previews from December largely heaped praise on the camera, Thomas Hogan's recent review is decidedly more evenhanded. Though lauded for what he calls the best image quality of any DSLR on the market, its $8000 price tag ...


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Nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera


This Nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera review page was included in a bulk upload of review pages for all current Nikon DSLR lenses. This page is required by the database and content management systems for me to post information and features to the Nikon D3x...

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Nikon D3X Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


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For its first full-frame digital SLR, Nikon took a balanced approach with a camera that offered excellent overall performance, but didn't significantly raise the bar in resolution. With the D3X, Nikon has made its mark on the high-res full-frame market...

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Nikon D3X Review | Neocamera


Review of the 25 megapixels flagship DSLR from Nikon, the full-frame D3X.

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Camera Test: Nikon D3X


You've read it here before: Megapixels aren't everything. Now that the 24.5MP Nikon D3X ($8,000, street, body only) has become the third full-frame DSLR to break the 20MP barrier, how well does that simple truth hold up? Very well indeed

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Nikon D3x


The Nikon D3x is the company's latest high-end SLR, designed for studio use. This model costs $7999 without lens, and weighs a massive 43 oz (1.2kg), as it's meant to spend most of its life on a tripod rather than carried around your neck. The D3x is...

The D3x viewfinder offers 100% field of view, a rarity among SLR cameras, which means that what you see through it is exactly what will be recorded in the image. It also has three LCD screens, one monochrome on the top, another monochrome on the back...

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Nikon D3x


Designed for studio use, and tested well, but generally scored a bit lower than the D700

A 24.5 megapixel full-frame sensor; Good color and long exposure scores

Small ISO range; Subpar dynamic range

If you’re working in a studio, with a consistent, known setup, this amount of customization is invaluable. The ability to tailor the camera to ideally fit your situation means less time is spent tweaking controls on the fly, and more time spent getting...

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Nikon D3X Review Round-Up


Sure, it can't match the D3X's 24.5MP, but at 21.1MP, this Canon's no slouch. … If you mainly shoot in a studio environment, where you won't need high ISOs, the 1Ds Mark III might be the camera for you — especially if you already have an arsenal of...

Product Specifications

Extreme-resolution photography once meant a sacrifice in mobility, versatility and spontaneity. Now, the Nikon D3X builds upon the world-renowned D3, merging 24.5 megapixels of imaging performance with the speed and handling characteristics that today's photography demands: exquisite detail and tonal range in an ergonomically superior digital SLR body with comprehensive protection against dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference. Work within ISO 100 and ISO 1600 for spectacularly clean and sharp images, even in harsh conditions. The D3X's intuitive layout makes it easier to respond instantly to rapidly changing situations. With Nikon's Total Imaging System on their side, demanding photographers can better realize their vision, using the comprehensive range of renowned NIKKOR lenses and the incomparable Creative Lighting System to adapt to any assignment or shooting situation. That's creative freedom. With the D3X, the world is your studio.


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


Display (Projector)

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:24 x 35.9mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):24 x 35.9 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:24.5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 50 - 6400
Special Effects:Monochrome / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical