Overview
This exciting new camera employs a Nikon FX-format CMOS imaging sensor (35.9 x 24.0 mm) with an imaging area equivalent to 35mm film, and its 24.5 effective megapixels deliver images of striking quality and resolution.

Designed to meet the demands of a growing multitude of serious professionals, such as studio photographers, for whom exquisite detail is a vital part of their work, the D3X achieves resolution comparable to medium-format cameras — with an entirely new level of operating ease. It’s perfect for the broadest range of detailed work, from fashion and product shootings, to weddings, architecture, landscapes and large poster production. And it shares the robust body structure of the D3, for superior mobility and operation in virtually any shooting environment, indoors or out.

Tech Specs

Type of CameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels24.5 million
Image SensorNikon FX format (35.9 x 24.0 mm) CMOS sensor
Image Size (Pixels)FX format (36 x 24): 6,048 x 4,032 [L], 4,544 x 3,024 [M], 3,024 x 2,016 [S] DX format (24 x 16): 3,968 x 2,640 [L], 2,976 x 1,976 [M], 1,984 x 1,320 [S] 5:4 (30 x 24): 5,056 x 4,032 [L], 3,792 x 3,024 [M], 2,528 x 2,016 [S]
SensitivityISO 100 to 1,600 in steps of 1/3, or 1 EV, plus LO-0.3, LO-0.7, LO-1, HI-0.3, HI-0.7, HI-1 and HI-2
File FormatNEF (12 or 14-bit lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed RAW), TIFF (RGB), JPEG (Baseline-compliant)
File SystemCompliant DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21 and PicBridge
Storage MediaCompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA) and Microdrive™
Shooting Modes1) Single frame shooting [S] mode, 2) Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: 1-5 fps, 3) Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: 5 fps (5-7 fps with DX format), 4) Liveview [LV] mode, 5) Self-timer mode, 6) Mirror-up mode
White BalanceAuto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor); Seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; white balance bracketing: 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
LCD Monitor Size3-in
LCD Monitor3.0", 920,000-dot low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, allows up to 170-degree wide viewing angle
Playback Function1) Full frame, 2) Thumbnail, 3) Zoom, 4) Slideshow, 5) Histogram indication, 6) Shooting data, 7) Highlight point display, 8) Auto image rotation, 9)Image comment
Delete Function1) Card format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete
I/O TerminalNTSC or PAL (selectable); simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available, HDMI Type A connector
InterfaceUSB 2.0 (High-speed): Mass Storage and PTP selectable
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
ViewFinder TypeOptical
ViewfinderFixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1.0 m-1), Eyepiece shutter provided
Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)Approx. 100%/ Approx. 0.7x
Reflex MirrorAutomatic, instant-return type
Lens ApertureInstant-return type, with Depth-of-field preview button
AutofocusTTL 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); Focal-plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]
Focus Modes1) Single-servo AF (AF-S), 2) Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), 3) Focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 4) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder can be selected from 51 focus area
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System1) 3D-Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses, Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data) performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor, 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8, 15 or 20mm circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame; 3) Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)1) 0 to 20 EV (3D-Color Matrix or center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering)
Exposure Metering CouplingCPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Exposure Control1) Programmed Auto [P], 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 3) Aperture-Priority Auto [A], 4) Manual [M]
Auto Exposure LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 steps to (+-) 1.0 EV
Maximum Shutter1/8000
Minimum Shutter30
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter; 30 to 1/8000sec in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV plus bulb
Sync ContactX-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec
Flash Control1) TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, 800, 600 or 400 2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens 3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22s 4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, and 800
Flash Sync Modes1) Front-curtain sync, 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Red-eye reduction with Slow sync, 4) Slow sync, 5) Rear-curtain sync
Accessory ShoeStandard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal, with built-in rubber cap
Self-TimerElectronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 3, 10 or 20 s.
Depth of Field Preview ButtonYes
Remote ControlVia 10-pin Remote Cord MC-22/30/36 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control WT-4 (optional)
GPSGPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Supported LanguagesTotal of 15 languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Power RequirementsRechargeable EN-EL4a/EL4 Li-ion Battery, EH-6 AC adapter (optional)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)Approx. 4400 shots
Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
DimensionsApprox. 159.5 × 157 × 87.5 mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)Approx. 1,220 g
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-D3X, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM