• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D3X advantages over Nikon P520

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 4400 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 18.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    31 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon P520 advantages over Nikon D3X

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    6 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    550g vs 1392g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Nikon D3X
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon P520
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D3X
Canon 1DX
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon P520
Canon 1DX
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D3X
Nikon D4
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon P520
Nikon D4
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P510

Nikon D3X
Nikon P510
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon P520
Nikon P510
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Nikon P530

Nikon D3X
Nikon P530
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $468
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon P520
Nikon P530
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $468
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
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