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Nikon is proud to announce the new 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) D3X digital SLR camera! Joining the award-winning 12.1-megapixel D3, the D3X brings extreme resolution performance to Nikon professional flagship-level D-SLRs. The D3X was meticulously engineered for professional photographers whose assignments demand nothing less than the ability to capture extreme fidelity, detail and nuance in ways now made possible with the amazing D3X.
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at DPReview.com Nikon D3X Digital SLR: Highly Recommended by dpreview.com
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 the H series for high speed sports type photography (lower resolution but faster continuous shooting). When the Nikon D3 was announced in August 2007 it did not carry an 'H' in its name but was clearly designed for speed. So the question wasn't if, but when, Nikon would launch a high-resolution counterpart. It arrived, after more than a year of eager anticipation, in the shape of the Nikon D3X in December 2008.
Superficially, the new flagship is the D3's identical twin. The body, controls, user interface and also a large proportion of the camera's electronic and mechanical innards have been carried over directly from the D3. The camera's core component, however, is brand new. The 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor provides a resolution of 24.5 megapixels, and while this is - compared to the D3 - a massive jump in resolution, D3X users have to accept a smaller range of sensitivity (ISO 100 to 1600, extendable to ISO 50 to 6400) and slower continuous shooting of five frames per second (7 fps in DX mode) in return.
While the only other piece of news - the 'Extra High' setting for Active D-Lighting - won't make much difference for most users, the premium that Nikon is charging for the extra resolution most certainly will. For $8000 retail price you can bag yourself almost two D3s. The D3X is also roughly $1500 more expensive than its only real competitor in terms of specification and features, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. This won't make the professionals who this cameras is targeted at contemplate changing systems, but can a camera be worth the equivalent amount of a small car? Read on and find out in our in-depth review of the Nikon D3X.
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The Nikon D3X was my dream camera. Most people can only dream of owning such a remarkable, excellent and unbelievably outstanding camera like the Nikon D3X. I recently has a burglary in my home and in all that they stole my Nikon D3X was included. I knew I would never be able to replace such a wonderful and precious camera. But when I looked on Amazon, there it was, my baby. My super excellent camera and so after the insurance company settled my loss I ordered the Nikon D3X that very day. Now I have my outstanding camera back in my hands and I recently spent 10 days in Dubai in the UAE. I came home with over 50,000 photos and after edit I was left with 41,750 photos of the beautiful and unbelievably splendid country and all that it has to offer. I placed the Nikon D3X in many different settings and even had the chance of 2 helicopter assisted aerial shots of all Dubai has to offer. There was not one challenge that the Nikon D3X could not handle. From the darkest of shots to the sand storms to shorting from 5,000 feet over the Palms Islands and the World Islands. I even had the chance to take beautiful photos of the "SKI DUBAI" ski resort in the city of Dubai. Temperature changes and lighting changes and fast moving photos were not any bit of a challenge for the NIKON D3X. If you are able to buy this then I say go for it and you will NOT be disappointed. This is truly the most perfect and unbelievably remark
Forgive my very poor english... It's been only 10 days since I have this amazing camera, so I'm not really aware of what it can do, but I have already taken pictures for two asingments. The first one I already delivered it, and the client (a huge hotel downtown San Jose Costa Rica) was so impressed by the results, he even called me to congratulate me. They have been my clients since 4 years. I used to shoot with a Nikon d2x and I made up my mind and decided to invest in this piece of wonder. The quality of the image surpasses by far my expectations (and my client's as well): The photos are much more detailed than anything I had seen, maybe only comparable to pictures shot by my film Hasselblad. Even if you tak photos at a high ISO, like 1250, they come out very detailed, so that gives you a lot of freedom. The files are really big, so you need a fast computer to work on them (I have a 24" iMac that I bought a year ago, that works perfectly well). The tonal gradation is fantastic. If you shoot in "raw" you then have the possibility to make other decisions like fine tuning on the color temperature of the pictures, or make a curve on them. I like the D-Lighting option, but not that much when taking pictures of people, the skin tones come out a bit unrealistic. Something that I love is that the photos have a wider dynamic range than its predecessor, the D2x, so when you open the photos in photoshop (when shot as raw files) you have much more information than before, let's say, more details on the shadows and highlights; this is very convenient, specially when you take pictures of architecture. When you shoot in "raw" you have the option of compressing bit the files with no quality loss, this is very usefull, I tried it and it works very well. So in average they would weigh about 25 MB each one. I guess this is not the best camera to shoot sports since it's not as fast as the D3s, but for what I do (architecture, weddings, products, people, fashion, food, tourism) it works very well. Once you have it in your hands, and you shoot the first photos and look at the amazing quality, then you forget about the high price you paid for it...
perfect replacement for the one that was stolen
Ordered Nikon D3x camera and two 16gb compact flash cards. I called Amazon and Nikon before ordering the cards and was told they would be okay for the D3x. When I got the camera, the manual showed a max of 8gb compact flash cards (various types and brands). I called Nikon again and this time was told not to exceed the recommendations in the manual. So, have to return the 16gb cards and order more cards. Hope this helps the next buyer. If anyone has any other recommendations, I'm open to them. Looking forward to getting to know my new D3x... whoo hoo! Nikon D3X 24.5MP FX CMOS Digital SLR with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)