Nikon D3 review

Full specification for Nikon D3

Sensor CMOS, 36 x 23.9 mm; 12.87 MP Total/12.1MP effective; Nikon FX format
Output Size 4256 x 2832, 3184 x 2120, 2128 x 1416
Focal Length Mag 1x FX format/ 1.5x DX format
Lens Mount Nikon F
Compression Compressed 12/14 bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed). JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal quality
ISO 200-6400 (expandable 100-25600)
Shutter Speeds 1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; Bulb
Drive Mode Single-frame [S] mode,Continuous low-speed [CL] mode: 1-9 frames per second*, Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 9 fps (9-11 fps with DX format)*, Liveview [LV] mode, Self-timer [mark] mode, 6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode *With Continuous-servo AF, S or M exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster; other settings are set at “Default”
Viewfinder Type Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism. 100%, 0.7x mag
Field of View No field of view crop (full-frame)
LCD 3-in., approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Live Mode Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors). Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area
Built-in Image Stabilisation No
Dust Reduction No
Focusing Modes TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible Focal-plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]
Exposure Modes PASM
Metering System 3D Colour Matrix Metering II, CW, 2% spot
Exposure Comp 5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Colour Space sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes), Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
White Balance Manual, auto, 7 presets, WB bracketing, Kelvin scale
White Balance Bracket 2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps
Colour Temp Control Colour temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
DoF Prview Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Built-in Flash No
Max Flash Sync 1/250 sec
PC Socket PC Sync flash terminal
Cable Release GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional). 2) Remote control: via 10-pin terminal
Memory Card CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Connectivity Hi Speed USB, HDMI
Dimensions Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.)
Weight Approx. 1,240 g (2.7 lb.) without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
Other -
AF Points M, AF, 51-point selectable AF, Dynamic tracking AF

Manufacturer website: Nikon

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Design 19/20
Image Quality 19/20
Performance 19/20
Value 19/20
Features 19/20
Overall Score 95%