Nikon D3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Nikon D3 camera. As announced, the D3 will be the top model in Nikon's line of and is a 12.1-megapixel professional full frame (35mm) digital single-lens-reflex (dSLR) camera that Nikon Corporation announced on 23 August 2007 along with the Nikon D300 DX formatDSLRs, superseding the D2HsD2Xs.
The D3 features a full-frame 35mm equivalent CMOS image sensor measuring 23.9 x 36.0 mm. This sensor is larger than the DX format sensors of all previous Nikon dSLRs, and Nikon has coined the FX format term to describe it. The D3's sensor has larger pixels and greater light sensitivity than previous DX sensors. This allows the camera to reach higher equivalent film speeds and produce images with less noise in low-light situations. Low-light situations include times when the camera is operated at high shutter speed or high f-number, where the lens' aperture is reduced to improve depth of field and sharpness. The sensor captures image data at 14 bits per color channel, which is higher than the bit-depth of previous 12-bit sensors.
The camera grip and body style were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign. The camera body retains the long-standing Nikon F-mount, making it compatible with older Nikon lenses. Other features include the ability to take many shots in rapid succession (up to 9 frames-per-second (fps) in FX format and 11 fps in DX format), and a high-resolution LCD view screen regarded as superior to other camera's view screens at the time.The D3 advertised features are suitable for professional photographers and the commercial photography industry. The FX sensor has a theoretical advantage due to geometry, of providing greater sensitivity to light than the DX sensor, which translates at a given number of photosites (aka pixels) into a theoretical capacity for less noise at equivalent ISO numbers and a corresponding capacity for higher usable ISO numbers.
This theoretical capacity appears to have been confirmed in tests by various independent persons since the camera's announcement and subsequent release, but as yet no full understanding of the camera's relative performance appears to have been gained by the internet photographic community, nor has Nikon confirmed detailed information on the technology underlying the camera's sensor.
This improves the camera's chance to take pictures with superior technical image quality, both at high shutter speeds, allowing photographers to capture fast moving subjects with less blur and better color, and in low light conditions, or usually some combination of the two.
The camera's vertical grip, in addition to the standard horizontal grip, is useful for fashion, sports, and wedding photographers, and anyone else who likes to turn the camera around a lot to alternate between shooting portrait and landscape orientation images.
At the time of announcement, the D3 was priced at $4999.
The Nikon D3 is an upgrade from previous Nikon DSLRs and is not a substitute or minor upgrade of an existing model. Nikon's previous offerings include the professional high-resolution D2Xs and the high-speed D2Hs.
Nikon D3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Type Digital single-lens reflex camera Sensor 36 mm × 23.9 mm CMOS, Nikon FX format Maximum resolution 12.1 megapixels Lens type Interchangeable, Nikon F-mount Shutter Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter Shutter speed range 30 to 1/8000 second and bulb Exposure Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system Exposure Modes Program Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], Manual [M] Metering modes 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted, Spot Focus areas 51 area TTL Focus modes Single Area AF, Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on, Closest Subject Priority, Group Dynamic AF Continuous Shooting 9fps up to ?/64 (RAW/JPEG Fine), 11fps for DX mode Viewfinder Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism ASA/ISO range ISO equivalency 200 to 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, boosted: 100 to 25,600 Flash n/a Flash bracketing n/a Focus bracketing Eleven sets of focus brackets (area) Custom WB Auto, Presets (5), Manual, and Color tempature in Kelvin WB bracketing 2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps Rear LCD monitor 3-inch, 307,000 pixels (922,000 dots), VGA Storage 2 CompactFlash (Type I or Type II) Battery Lithium Ion EN-EL4a Weight 1240 g (2.7b) Optional Battery Packs AC adapter EH-6
Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera
The Nikon D300 is without a doubt leaps and bounds ahead of the Nikon D200 and their competitors. The high ISO is great, and auto white balance more accurate. It is along with the Nikon D3, the best semi-pro camera Nikon has produced.
The pop up flash has commander mode which will free up one of my SB 800 units so I can add it to my army of SB 800 flashes that accompany me to all my shoots. And it will be nice to not have to constantly carry a flash on my camera all the time.
Resolution: The Nikon D300 has a 12 megapixel sensor (32,823 pixels / mm) which means it has a higher resolution than the Canon 1Ds Mark III which has 21 mp at 24,336 pp mm by almost 10,000 pixels / millimeter. It's because of the size of the sensor.
The Canon however has a larger print resolution because it has more pixels, but because the Nikon D300 has a higher sensor resolution it makes inherently sharper images (especially since you can shoot 14 bit now), so you can make larger enlargements with the Nikon than the Canon's enlargements.
This camera is an amazing buy and cheaper than the Nikon D3. The Nikon D2x is still more expensive than the D3. The Nikon D300 is a nice step up from the D2x although I'll miss the high speed crop!
Features: Improved Picture Control for colors - the settings now are sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. You can also download from the internet D2XMODE picture controls (there are 3 modes) and load it in to emulate these modes from the D2X bodies.
AF Fine Tuning - this is a great feature that puts in the user's hands the power to calibrate a lens to the camera body. In the past, if you have a great prime lens (e.g. 85mm f/1.4) and want to calibrate it to work optimally to the camera body, you would need to send it to teh Nikon Service Center to do that. With AF Fine Tuning, you can now do it yourself. Because there will be a slight degree of inaccurarcy in AF systems, i.e. front or backward focusing, you can now fine tune that lens (with +/- 20) to the camera body so that it works optimally. It recognizes Nikon lenses without a problem but 3rd party lenses would have to catch up. It can store up to 12 lenses' fine tuning information, so that when you plug back that lens, it would know the fine tune data to use.
In camera picture editing made easier - Once you take a picture, when you press the "ok" button, a list of in camera picture editing tools come up (where you can trim the pic, change to monochrone, use filter effects of skylight or warm filter, or edit the color balance). The color balance feature here is great because you can shift the color balance of the picture to the desire effect you like.
Monochrome Picture Control - The monochrone picture control now comes with filter effects or yellow, orange, red, and green... so gone are the days of carrying these filters when taking black and white shots. You can also adjust the toning from black and white, sepia, cyanotype, and also a range of red, yellow, green, blue green, blue, purple blue, and red purple.
Help button - at anytime when you need some help as to what that feature is about, you only need to press the "?" button and it brings up a page explaing that feature. This is like the D40/x and the menu layout also looks like that of the D40/x.
White balance fine tuning - The Canon 5D had long since had this feature in the white balance tuning where you can shift the white balance in a grid, and finally, this is now incorporated in this camera. Even the other white balance fine tuning is much improved, e.g. for flourascent, it hast a list of different florescent lights to choose from for fine tuning. For the present white balance, you can save up to 4 presets.
Now professional photographers can capture amazing images with this 6 fps camera.
The D40 was a good choice for me for a number of reasons... just wanted
something simple, easy and lightweight... a camera that puts me in
control of my shots without having to think too much about it. I'd
rather work on creating the shot than the logistics of the process.
This camera really is an amazing entry-level DSLR. It's perfect for amateurs who have only used point-and-shoots before, or for someone who has some experience with SLRs but is not a professional.
The recent addition of the Nikkor 55-200mm ED IF AF-S DX VR zoom lens made this package a very sweet combo.
The camera itself is very user-friendly and the quality of the images is just amazing. Awesome depth-of-field making portraits beautiful. Also, you can shoot frames so quickly after one another that it's easy to get some really cool candids.
I like the way the D40 feels, the way it responds, the way the buttons are sized, easy to read & use, the way the menu is displayed on the very large LCD. A hands-on experience showed me that this camera was a good fit, very balanced, had all the options I was looking for at the right price. Since all my lenses and attachments from my Nikon FE fit this camera, the choice was really a no-brainer for me.
Nikon BM6 LCD Monitor Cover Replacement for D200 Digital SLR
Now you can protect your LCD Display from scraches with this transparent monitor cover
Easily clips onto the LCD display of the Nikon D200 digital camera.
If you are prone to bumping your camera against objects, this is a MUST HAVE.
At last Nikon got its act together to deliver a high speed, high ISO, full-frame camera. I had semi-switched to Canon with the purchase of the EOS 1D Mark III. Even after reports over focusing issues, I haven't had any real problems with it. The frame rate and high ISO on it is phenomenal. Anyhow, the D3's 9-fps at full frame, impressive high ISO, and a wealth of other features of the D3 were enough to lure me and my wallet back to the Nikon camp. Another feature that I really like was the smaller AF areas. If you're doing wildlife, it makes it much easier to lock on to your subject when the animal is in heavy brush (you know, like all the time). The Canons would always have a hard time in these situations, the Nikon grabs the focus immediately.
One last feature I'm really excited about is the virtual horizon. It makes keeping the camera level just so much easier. It has two ways of showing it - the first is a big display on the back that looks like it's out of a 747 and is kind of useless. The second is to set your function button on the front of the camera for virtual horizon. Just press that in with your pinky while you look through the finder and the exposure meter turns into your virtual horizon. Just get it to "0" and you're level. Much easier to do than it sounds. I always thought My shots were level, but I was really surprised how often I needed a little tilt one way or the other.
After some comparison test shots at different high ISO settings on the D3, D2Xs, and Mark III, I have to say that the D3's noise level is as good, maybe even a tad bit better than the Mark III. The D2Xs was a very distant third, clearly unacceptable at ISO 1600. Also, the D3's auto white balance seems to be more accurate than the Mark III. I haven't had extensive use of the D3 yet, but so far, it performs as good as Canon's best offering in terms of speed and noise level. Shooting with both Canon & Nikon is like dating a blonde & brunette at the same time. :)
After having used Canon for years (from film based EOS -1 to IDMKII, a 5D, and even a 1D MK III), there is just no comparison! This camera handles like it was designed by a photographer, not a tech. It's easy to do everything you want, and the quality is simply outstanding. If you're debating it - don't. Just get one and you'll understand!
The Nikon D3 camera has great features like:
Incredible autofocus, a viewfinder so good you can actually manually focus with it if you like, an incredible screen on the back you can use to check focus accurately (impossible with any current Canon, at least by comparison), and so much more. Just a outstanding camera.
i know that many of you have emailed me asking when i was going to post my d3 review, and here it is. i am so grateful to nikon for the opportunity to use this amazing gear and i'm extraordinarily happy to be a part of the nikon family.this is a freaking fantastic camera.i had always been a canon user and always a manual shooter.susan stripling photography : blog
i loved aperture priority but was never able to achieve consistent results from the canon A settings. with this d3 i can shoot in aperture priority with ease, getting very solid results. the exposure compensation is nearly flawless and very intuitive to use.the much-talked-about high iso performance is EXCELLENT.
Welcome to my thoughts and feelings about the new Nikon flagship, the D3. As with all of my reviews this will not contain much technical jargon or specifications for the camera as they can be found elsewhere. Instead it will concentrate on how the camera actually performs in the field and whether it does what is says on the tin.Andy Rouse Review - Nikon D3 - warehouseexpress.com
Specifically for this camera I will concentrate on exposure, autofocus, image quality, high ISO performance and some of the new features included on the D3. It will also be a review in two stages, a First Look which is the results of my first day with the camera and then a more in-depth look at everything after a few days of working with it.The D3 has promised much and is the DSLR which Nikon photographers have been waiting for with a full-frame sensor, fully customizable options and a brand new AF system. So let’s see how it measured up.
First LookNikon kindly sent me one of the new 70-200 f2.8G VR lenses to use with the D3 which is great except that this is a much shorter lens than I would use at this time of the year for wildlife. I know that Nikon Pro Services are particularly busy now and all longer lenses are out and about so will have to make do with this lens for now, Warehouse Express have supplied me with a 1.7x teleconverter to help a little.
Picture info – all the pictures shown here are displayed as shot from the D3 and no colour manipulation has taken place. The D3 was set to a Picture Control of neutral, lossless NEF, colour space Adobe 1998 and no sharpening has been applied anywhere. The images were all processed using Adobe Lightroom 1.3.1 and again no colour corrections have been made. I just needed to get that off my chest!My first shots with the D3 were taken this evening. I charged the battery, spent 30 minutes reading the manual and set it up for an autofocus test.
Not just any autofocus test but an extreme one....fast running dogs in very low light. And I mean fast dogs, my two are speed demons and we took them up to the local field at sunset. I set up the D3 to have Auto ISO to get a shutter speed of 1/2500th – this is a great new feature where the D3 will find the correct ISO value to give me the shutter speed that I want. I can see many situations where this will be very useful. In this situation it set the ISO at 1400, which is much higher than any Nikon photographer would have dared to go before!
On 23 August, Nikon shooters got what they wanted. Nikon introduced two new cameras, the D3 and the D300, which were, according to the press release, at least, the Holy Grail, achieving if not surpassing everything the competition had to offer.Nikon D3 and Nikon D300 first impressions
“The speed, the resolution and the versatility of the new D3 will enable professional photographers to work in conditions that were considered impossible before.”More than a month has passed since then, but no real relevant information is available as to the two cameras' practical capabilities.
When it comes to body construction, AF, metering, shutters etc, Nikon was always the leader. When it comes to the electronic components, however, up to now, they were very much the second fiddle to Canon. Unfortunately, even though I've had the cameras for almost two weeks now, I cannot give you any information regarding image quality of Nikon D3 and Nikon D300. Nikon are very reluctant to show results from preproduction cameras – and they're perfectly right to do so.
Pre-production image samples are the best way to get armchair pros started - and when they get started, shutting them up is impossible. And since it's impossible to make them happy, this is quite simply bad press for products that aren't even available yet.
Incorporating the large CMOS image sensor developed by Nikon, the D3 features 12.1 effective megapixels and a sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 6,400 at normal setting.The D3 employs an FX-format CMOS image sensor with a sensor area of 36.0 (H) x 23.9 (V) mm. It offers superior picture quality throughout a wide sensitivity range with such advantages as a large pixel size to ensure high S/N ratio and wide dynamic range, adoption of an element structure that improves light-utilization efficiency.Nikon D3
In addition, high-speed 12-channel readout enables fast continuous shooting for 12.1-megapixel images at approximately 9 frames per second, as well as high-speed performance to ensure shooting in Liveview modes.With the Nikon D3, users can select one of the three image areas — FX format (36 x 24), DX format (24 x 16) or 5:4 (30 x 24).When a DX NIKKOR lens is attached, DX format is automatically selected. With DX format or 5:4 format, an area not covered by the sensor is automatically masked in the viewfinder. High-definition, 3-inch VGA, TFT LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle Ultrahigh-definition [920,000-dot VGA (640 x 480)], 3-inch LCD monitor with tempered glass provides 170° viewing angle.
Large monitor is quite effective when confirming focus with enlarged playback images. Wide-viewing angle enables easy recomposing of the frame in Handheld mode of Liveview.Liveview function enables shooting while confirming subjects in the LCD monitor.In Handheld mode, which allows recomposing of the frame prior to actual shooting, ordinary TTL phase-difference AF using all 51 AF points including 15 cross-type points is activated.
It was bold to call the Nikon D3 "the Greatest Nikon Ever" on our January 2008 cover -- especially before testing a production model of this $5,000 (street, body only) 12.1MP pro DSLR in the Pop Photo Lab. Now our audacity is justified: The D3 sprinted through our image quality, noise, dynamic range, burst capacity, and AF-speed performance tests. Here are five tested reasons the D3 deserves the title we bestowed.Camera Test: Nikon D3 - - PopPhotoJanuary 2008
Incredible image quality
By loading a full-frame 12.1MP sensor into the D3, Nikon bowed out of the megapixel race. For most pro assignments, the detail it captures is more than what's needed -- enough to make high-quality enlargements of up to 14x21 inches (at 200 ppi).
At ISO 200, its 2320 lines of tested resolution for JPEGs (an Excellent rating) are nearly identical to Nikon's 12.3MP D300 ($1,800, street, body only), tested in our February 2008 issue. That's no surprise, since both cameras use the same focusing system and EXPEED image-processing engine (and we tested both with the same Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens). They also capture similar resolution in RAW files.
But when shooting JPEGs at the Low Noise Reduction setting, the D3's image resolution drops only slightly to 2210 lines at ISO 6400 -- about 5 percent sharper than the D300 at ISO 3200 and above. Even at the extended ISO of 25,600, JPEGs from the D3 still earn an Excellent resolution rating with 2020 lines, although artifacts of noise reduction, such as lower contrast in shadow areas, are painfully obvious.
In both JPEG and RAW files, color accuracy maintains an Excellent rating from ISO 200 to 6400 (7.28 to 7.02 average Delta E), and contrast ranges from slightly high to slightly low, depending on ISO.
Using noise control at high ISOs, the D3 earns an Excellent image quality rating from ISO 200 to ISO 3200. Like the D300, which also garnered an Excellent rating up to ISO 3200, images at ISO 6400 fell just short of Excellent due to obvious noise in shadows (though less than with the D300).
Every one waited for Nikon to move up to the next level of digital sensor size, the "full-sized" FX or 35mm-like solution. Years went by and seemingly nothing happened.
We admired Nikon's clever ergonomic solutions and at least some of us ogled the high-ISO performance of the competition with a little envy. Then, Nikon struck back with a camera advertised to "defy the limitations" no less.
The D3 is not only a 35mm-frame camera, it is so much more and with high-ISO performance unheard and undreamt of as well. With a blazing firing rate up to 9 fps(FX)/11 fps(DX), this is a sports and action shooter's dream camera come true.
But what can it achieve for other fields of photography? In this review, I shall try to elaborate these aspects of this new Nikon DSLR. Consider this more akin to a personal travelogue written as I made myself familiar with the D3 rather than a compilation of features.
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The Nikon D3 professional reflex camera is pushing the limits of digital photography with improved performances and a higher sensitivity than ever before!The D3 combines a 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor with 6400 ISO sensitivity, guaranteeing you breathtaking images in any situation.Nikon D3 review cheap prices D3 Nikon best buy discount online uk shop
The Multi-Cam 3500 FX autofocus system with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors) provides excellent coverage as you photograph, while the EXPEED processor produces images of unmatched quality.The D3 has an impressive shutter speed of up to 1/8000 s and captures shots at a rate of 6 fps, making it the ideal camera for sports photographers or reporters.
The dual memory card slots provide you with all the storage space you need to save your photo projects in NEF (RAW) or JPEG format.The 3” TFT screen on the D300 rivals that of its competitors, displaying images in 920,000-pixel resolution and allowing photographers to set up shots on-screen using the LiveView function.Compatible with both FX and DX format lenses, the D3 is raising the bar for sensitivity and speed!
Over at Luminous Landscape, pro commercial/corporate photographer James Russell writes a guest Nikon D3 review about his pre-release D3 experiences.He makes it sound like he just picked up the camera and got amazing results. Remember that his digital background is pretty deep given the medium format backs and other specialty cameras he references in the article.Nikon D3 Review by James Russell « Buy The Best Camera:
That said, it’s a good sign that he was able to just pick the machine up and go off to the races, literally.I’m very encouraged by the fact he made a point to comment about the color qualities straight out of the camera, and that he did not need to do as much post processing as he would have with other systems.
That to me is a strong sign we’re making good strides forward in the digital world. We need our tools to help us spend more time doing photography, not pixel-peeping/pushing. (Then again, there are those who love the Photoshop side of things so to those folks I apologize for ranting on and on about this.)Anyway, Nikon’s D3 is showing a lot of promise. Makes the idea of switching even more interesting…
Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape did a write up about the Nikon D3 and Canon 1Ds Mark III not long ago. He tested both cameras’ high ISO capabilities during Jay Maisel’s seminar. “Both cameras produced ISO 1600 images of astonishing quality”masterchong.com - Nikon D3 vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III ISO Comparison
“Both cameras produced ISO 1600 images of astonishing quality”
“I see comparable resolving power and clarity (not absolute resolution, of course), and at least a one stop noise advantage to the new Nikon. Possibly there's a bit more shadow detail in the Canon frame though (look at the iris). ”
A print of Canon 1Ds Mark III done by Michael Reichmann found out that in a 16X20" print none of the artifacts seen in the 100% crop above is visible, and noise is extremely low. My opinion is that since it is so, the same goes to Nikon D3. In addition, the Nikon D3 at ISO 6400 should be able to deliver decent print out too as its noise performance is 1-stop better than the Canon 1Ds Mark III.
I brought up this article is not to determine either Canon or Nikon is a better camera but to show that any prints that is below 16X20” with ISO3200 and below by either cameras shall produce extremely low noise. So whenever you need to shoot in low light, simply bump your ISO to 3200 with nothing to worry.
Once again at the forefront with its hands already on the official release of the Nikon D3, DigitalRev is proud to become one of the first to bring you a Nikon D3 review that reveals actual hands-on insights. With the engaging Nadya, we showcase the Nikon D3’s myriad of features with exclusive sample images for your viewing pleasure.Nikon D3 Hands-On Review (Part I) - A DigitalRev Exclusive - DigitalRev.com
As Nikon’s first DSLR delivering full-frame digital photography, the Nikon D3 allows old Nikon lenses to be fully utilised again. Given the higher number of megapixels offered by the other full-frame DSLRs, some may be surprised that Nikon only offers a maximum of 12.1 megapixels resolution from the D3. However, after our initial test runs, it seems that this hardly takes anything away from this camera, but rather it adds to the camera’s prowess in speed and noise reduction at high ISO sensitivities. We suspect this could be part of Nikon’s strategy.
High ISO Samples of the Nikon D3 Still not official Now that the D300 and D3 have been announced all eyes are on the samples leaked by various sites, especially Japanese and Chinese. Both cameras are significant upgrades to the previous D2X and D200, respectively.Free Download » Nikon D3 Review
It’s worth mentioning that the D3 is the first full-frame camera emerging from the famous manufacturer and an important step in Nikon’s strategy for the professional segment, predominantly ruled by Canon.
One of the most important components in the new professional D3 is the sensor unit, which is somewhat similar to the EOS 5D preferred by fashion photographers for its excellent image quality. Both units have a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with around 12 megapixels, a recipe with excellent results. However, despite being similar in the sensor department the two cameras are radically different in terms of ergonomics and features.
The D3 is in the same feature league as the EOS 1Ds Mark III, but with a much lower pixel count, which makes the Nikon more versatile; after all, few people actually need the 21 megapixels featured by the new Canon flagship.
I had a meeting with Nikon yesterday and had my first chance to see and handle the D300 and D3. I didn’t really get enough time with the cameras to form a real impression. But I did get to play with the D3 a bit and they showed me the camera’s Liveview LCD display and two of the new Nikkor lenses, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom and the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Zoom. My first impression of the D3 is BIG.Hands-On With the Nikon D3 DSLR
It’s not too big or heavy, but it did surprise me. For a pro body, mass is usually a good thing, adding stability. However, at 2.73 pounds the D3 is about two-tenths of a pound heavier than the newest Canon EOS-1D bodies. Add a pro telephoto Nikkor lens and you’re going to need some muscles to carry this thing around.One thing I’ve always liked about Nikon DSLRs is the big, bright, sharp LCD display. The new D3 is no different, and it now has Liveview. The D3 has two Liveview modes, Handheld and Tripod. The display is big and beautiful and had a useful composition grid overlay when they showed it to me.