Key Features

Extreme resolution 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
Large 5.94µm pixels capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding commercial applications.

138 MB1 Processed NEF (RAW) 12 or 14 bit image files
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.

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Two Live View shooting modes
Two Live View modes add flexibility, and up to 27x magnification in the Tripod Mode, acute focusing accuracy is easily confirmed.

Fast, accurate 51-point AF system
AF system features 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking, for autofocus precision and razor sharpness.

3-inch super-density 921,000-dot VGA LCD monitor
Individual factory calibration assures the colour accuracy of each D3X monitor for critical image review.

Nikon Picture Control
Four preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, and 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized colour control.

Dual CF card slots with overflow, backup and copy options

Up to 4,400 images per battery charge

Nikon EXPEED image processing technologies
EXPEED extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISOs.

Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600
Added ISO settings of Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO 3200 equivalent) and Hi-2 (ISO 6400 equivalent) extend versatility.

Continuous shooting at 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.

1,005-Pixel 3D Colour Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System
Two Nikon-exclusive technologies provide intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with refined auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance.

100% viewfinder coverage

Rugged, durable and precise magnesium-alloy construction
Effectively protected from invasive dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference with a self-diagnostic shutter mechanism tested to exceed 300,000 cycles.

Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator

Stereo Microphone
Stereo Microphone
Eyepieces and Viewfinders
Eyepieces and Viewfinders
Optimized for FX Format but compatible with extensive range of NIKKOR lenses.
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D3x, very glad I have one. Got my D3x used in incredible condition, Love my D800 (hate the video and popup flash) so I bought the D3x. Wish Nikon was still making the D3x, perfect camera that still has a huge market demand. Hope it is replaced with an equal camera and no video. January 1, 2015
WOW What a differance I own both the D3X and The D3S and wow the two gives me the low light with great quality and low noise the D3X has great resolution and a very large file to work with. Some of the prints that I do are 2' X 3' and all of the customers that see them are suprised at the clarity. I do rapid shots at times and the sharpness between frames is second to none. Both are great cameras and I won't trade them for the world. September 21, 2012
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
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