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The world is your studio.

Photo of the rear of the D3X camera with a photo of an orange sports car on a coblestone street on the LCD
The world’s best photographers depend on the best equipment to deliver consistently stunning and remarkably detailed shots, and the D3X, with its 24.5 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, promises just that. Capture every color variant and every subtlety, and bring them to life right in your hands. Customize the D3X’s settings to suit your style or adjust for any situation, whether in the studio or in the field. You can always expect breathtaking image fidelity and unbelievable richness in every demanding commercial application. Every image the D3X captures is jam-packed with life, sharpness and brilliance.

Key Features

Exquisite details
24.5 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor


The sensor's 24.5 megapixels are only the beginning. No matter how you shoot—tightly controlled or on the fly—the camera's phenomenally wide dynamic range retains subtlety of shadow and highlight detail that contributes to breathtaking image fidelity, which can make the difference between good pictures and exceptional ones.
Astounding image quality
Approx. 138MB Processed NEF (RAW) File


The D3X captures the entire spectrum of color and every intricate detail, adding so much life and reality to your photos they rival real life. 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.
Greater shooting versatility
Two Live View shooting modes


Live View delivers tremendous creative freedom for a broad spectrum of shooting situations, from still life in a studio where precise focus is essential, to outdoor environments where you may not always be able to physically see your subject through the viewfinder. The D3X adds even more flexibility with two Live View modes: Tripod and Hand-held. With the Tripod Mode, acute focusing accuracy is easily confirmed with up to 27x magnification.
Powerful, wide-area coverage
The D3X’s fast, accurate 51-point autofocus system features 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking, for autofocus precision and razor sharpness.
Rich image previewing
The D3X features an expansive 3-in. VGA LCD monitor with reinforced glass. Its approx. 921k-dot resolution assures clear, detailed display of images, which proves invaluable when confirming focus or assessing image sharpness.
Images with the X-factor
EXPEED image processing technologies


Images with the X-factor are what your clients expect and your reputation deserves. Nikon's EXPEED processing system is much more than a mere label or processing chip component. It’s designed specifically to meet the requirements of a 24.5-megapixel sensor. The results will exceed the expectations of any commercial or fine art photographer whose work requires extreme resolution, rich tonal gradation, outstanding color accuracy and remarkable detail.
Crisp photos in any light
Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600


Designed for fashion, portrait and landscape shoots, where large image files and an extreme attention to detail are required, the D3X provides crisp and clear shots with a broad dynamic range. Expand the ISO sensitivity from Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent) to a higher setting of Hi-1 (ISO 3200 equivalent) or Hi-2 (ISO 6400 equivalent) for versatility and more detail in low light or night situations.
Continuous shooting
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. Stay on your toes and don’t miss a scene-stealing moment with continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second, leaving you with countless colorful and astonishingly true to life pictures.
More accurate performance
The exclusive technology of the 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System provide intelligent auto exposure capabilities, along with refined auto white balance detection and faster, more accurate AF performance.
100% frame coverage
With approximately 100% frame coverage in the viewfinder, what you see is exactly what you capture. The specially coated glass pentagonal prism and precision-crafted finder screen offer not only a bright viewfinder image, but also enable you to easily confirm when a subject is in focus.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 131 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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. December 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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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