Nikon D3 Review

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Model Name: Nikon D3 
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Model Number: D3 
Camera Format: Pro SLR 
Currently Manufactured: Yes 
Retail Price: $4999.95
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Date Available: 2007-11-30
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Weight: 1,240g
Weight With Batteries? No 
Size: 160 x 157 x 88 mm
6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4256x2832, 3184x2120, 2128x2832, 2656x2120, 1776x1416
Continuous-mode frames/second: 9.0
Movie Resolution:
Movie Frame Rate: 0.00, 0.00
Movie Audio: No 
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 12.87
CCD Size (inches): Nikon FX 
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.00
Aspect Ratio: 3:2, 5:4
Sensor Type: CMOS 
Actual Pixels: 12.10 
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
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Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Assist Light? No 
Manual Focus: Yes 
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Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution (pixels): 920,000
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ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 25600
White Balance Settings: Auto, seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; 
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/8000
Exp Adj Range (EV): +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted, Spot (1.5%) centered on selected focus area 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 2/5/10/20 seconds
Internal Flash: No 
Flash Modes: n/a
Flash Guide Number (Meters): n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
Ext Flash Connection: ISO-type hot-shoe contact; safety lock provided; PC Sync terminal 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CF1 / CF2 / Microdrive 
Memory Included (MB):  
Uncompressed Format: RAW (NEF), 14 or 12-bit; compr 
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Movie File Format:  
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode (NTSC/PAL): Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: Yes 
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Connection: HDMI Out, DC Input, 10-pin Expansion Terminal 
Included Software: PictureProject 
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS 
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary EN-EL4a 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium Ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary EN-EL4a Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
Notes & Features: Main features: Nikon's first full-frame (FX) DSLR; 12.1 megapixels, plus auto DX crop mode; 9fps at 12.1MP, up to 11fps at 5.1MP; Shutter release time lag of only 37 milliseconds, start-up time of 0.12 seconds; Normal ISO range from ISO 200 to 6400 can be extended using the camera's built-in settings of Lo-1 and Hi-2 for the equivalent of ISO 100 and ISO 25,600, respectively; 14-bit NEFs with 16-bit processing by EXSPEED Image Processing System; New Multi-CAM 3500FX auto focus sensor module, with 51 AF points, including 15 cross-type sensors that are located in the center of the frame; Revolutionary new Scene Recognition System that greatly enhances the accuracy of, auto exposure, auto white balance detection and auto focus in the camera; Super-density, 3-inch VGA, TFT LCD monitor with 920,000 dot resolution; Two new Live View modes; Active D-Lighting system; 100%, 0.7x magnification pentaprism viewfinder; Dual CF card slots with UDMA support; HDMI port; World's first virtual horizon level indicator that uses sensors incorporated within the camera to indicate the inclination of the camera relative to the horizon, on the LCD monitor or inside the viewfinder; 300,000 cycle shutter with Self Diagnostic Shutter Monitor; Fine-tune adjustment for auto focus with settings for up to 20 different lenses; Optional new WT-4A wireless transmitter that provides support for wired LAN (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX) and wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11a/b/g,) and can transmit a remote view from the camera and also support continuous shooting through a wireless or wired connection using Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 software (optional). 


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