The rumours and speculation had been circulating for a while. Originally rumoured to have an anouncement on the 20th of November, that date was pushed back to the 1st of December, and today Nikon deivered.
The much rumoured D3x is here, in all it’s 24.5 megapixel glory. It’s not all about the big numbers though. ISO is down from the D3, as is the maximum FPS – which isn’t really a surprise given the amount of data that has to be written for each file.
There’s also no mention of the anti-dust mechanism being present in this camera either, which is a bit of a big ommission. I think the D3x is being aimed at the studio photographer, but as a mate of mine observed, “why deliberately limit your camera’s appeal?”. I can see their point.
For all intents and purposes this is simply a D3 with a beefed-up image sesor and a couple more bells and whistles. It’s not so much an upgrade to the D3 as it is a complimentary stable mate.
After a year of owning it, I’m still very happy with my D3.
There’s nothing in the release of the D3x which makes me want one.
For some of the specs on the D3x and sample images click the link …
• Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor with 24.5 effective megapixels
• Exceptional noise control from ISO 100 to ISO 1600
• Fast 14-bit A/D conversion incorporated onto the image sensor for high signal-to-noise ratio and low power consumption
• Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing system, utilizing a supremely powerful CPU with 16-bit image processing
• Near-instantaneous shutter release time lag of approx. 0.04 second (based on CIPA Guideline)*
• 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting in FX format and 7 fps in DX crop mode (up to 130 frames)*
• 51-point Multi-CAM3500FX autofocus system
• Scene Recognition System for more accurate AF, AE, and AWB results
• Active D-Lighting for complete control over highlight and shadow detail
• Picture Control: Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Monochrome (Landscape, Portrait and D2x Modes I, II and III are available free via download)
• Live View mode for shooting handheld and with a tripod
• High-resolution (approx. 920k dots), 3-inch VGA-size LCD monitor with tempered glass
• Durable, lightweight magnesium-alloy construction and comprehensive weather sealing against dust and moisture
• Intelligent power management that lets you shoot up to approx. 4,400 frames on a single battery charge (based on CIPA Standards)**
• Compatibility with the Nikon Total Imaging System