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Nikon D3X

The launch of Nikon D3X took its first step in the year of December 2008, after the launching of Nikon D3 in 2007. But the D3 could not adjust to match the High-resolution counterpart. So the new and improved idea of High-resolution took birth in D3X.

The physical look of D3 and D3X is same like identical twins. The upper body, controls, user interface and also a large proportion of the camera's electronic and mechanical phenomena's have been carried over directly from its little twin Nikon D3. The core components of the Nikon D3X were brand new in comparison.

The 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor provides a resolution of 24.5 megapixels is been doubled than D3 which gives a High auto focus of 51 points, which is similar as compared to the D3. The continues highest JPEG is of 5.0 fps, 130 frames *3 manner to take instant photo finish in no time. The LCD monitor which is provided in is same as D3 i.e. 3.0" 922K pixels + Live View. There's a massive upgrade 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.

The extra high settings of the Active D Lighting won't make any difference for some group of users. On premium that Nikon is charging for the extra resolution. For $8000 you can purchase two D3's, one for you and another for your friend! 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 camera is targeted at reflect changing systems, but can a camera be worth the equivalent amount of a small car?

The key features of D3X are:

- 24.5 megapixel Full-Frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
- ISO 100 - 1600 (ISO 50 - 6400 in Boost mode)
- Also supports DX lenses, viewfinder automatically masks (10.5 megapixels with DX lens)
- 14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout
- Gapless micro lens array and on-chip noise reduction
- Nikon EXPEED image processor (Capture NX processing and NR algorithms, optimized for D3X, lower power)
- Super fast operation (power-up 12 ms, shutter lag 41 ms, black-out 74 ms)
- Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 300,000 exposure durability
- Multi-CAM3500FX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
- Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
- Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
- Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
- Seven frames per second in continuous and DX mode
- Dual Compact Flash card slots (overflow, back-up, RAW on 1 / JPEG on 2, copy)
- Compact Flash UDMA support
- 3.0" 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
- Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast detect Auto Focus
- Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level (like an aircraft cockpit display)
- HDMI HD video output
- 'Active D-Lighting' with new 'Extra High' setting (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
- Detailed 'Control Panel' type display on LCD monitor, changes color in darkness
- Buttons sealed against moisture
- Dual battery charger as standard

Pranay Bankar
Fri, 08 Jan 2010 09:13:12 +0000

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