Nikon D3X

Released December, 2008
  • 24.4 MP
  • Full frame 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
It's worth mentioning that (like the D3) the D3X's default tone curve is actually quite contrasty and produces (for a pro-level Nikon) relatively 'punchy' out of camera JPEGs, but means the sensor's true capabilities (dynamic range-wise) aren't immediately obvious unless you play around with the picture settings or shoot RAW (see bottom of the page).
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
9.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D3X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D3X
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Nikon D3S
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

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Nikon D3S
focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D3X
Nikon D700
Nikon D3S
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

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Nikon D3S

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D3X

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D3X
1,992 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO
Nikon D600
2,980 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D3X
2,200 LPH
Nikon D800
3,100 LPH
Nikon D600
2,900 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3X
161 ms
Nikon D600
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D3X
45 ms
Nikon D750
54 ms
Nikon D600
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3X
300 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3X
5 fps
Nikon D4
11 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D3X

The D3X's high resolution sensor, combined with a relatively weak AA filter and a superb JPEG engine delivers a level of sharp detail that beats even the strongest competitors including the previous number one in this area, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.

Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data *1.

It pretty much goes without saying that the Nikon D3x is an incredibly good camera, with the kind of performance, rugged reliability, versatility and most importantly image quality demanded by the top professionals.


9.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The D3X is designed for 'high resolution' applications such as studio or landscape photography' and low light is not really its natural environment; nevertheless it still offers a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400 and, despite its pixel-packed sensor, delivers surprisingly good results at higher sensitivities.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
One has to keep in mind though that at this level of sensor resolution the lens plays a vital role and you're only likely to achieve this level of detail when using stopped-down glass of the highest quality.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
Again, the sharpness advantage to RAW conversion is fairly clear to see, both converters delivering higher resolution than JPEG straight from the camera.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)

Image quality

There is a faint blurring of fine detail at 800 ISO, as well as some very fine mid-tone noise, but overall picture quality is still fantastic.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
In all other respects the image quality is as near perfect as it's currently possible to get.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
There is a good range of seven adjustment levels in total, but we probably would have liked even less saturation at the -3 end of the scale.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)


The D3X features a 51 point auto focus sensor, the center fifteen (3x5 grid) being cross point sensors even with F5.6 aperture lenses.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
Below on the left you can see the D3X's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor).
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
One guy had an older Olympus super-zoom, but the other was using a Canon EOS 40D and the two of them had clearly already established their relative social positions.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


I shot with the D3X at ISO 6400 in a very dark club, and while the results are not perfect when examined close-up, they are perfectly usable at reasonable enlargement sizes.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
Images up to ISO 1600 are perfectly usable for very large output sizes, and even the maximum sensitivity setting will produce output that's at least good enough for publication on the web.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
Note that even in the 'Off' position some NR is still applied to the JPEGs at all 'Hi' ISO settings.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)


Metering is usually spot on and the AF system is fast enough and offers so much flexibility that even photographers like myself, who hardly ever switch their camera into continuous AF, manage a good proportion of in-focus images when shooting at a sports event.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
The weight provides a very stable shooting platform, helping to reduce camera shake even when not using VR lenses, and the body shape includes a built-in vertical grip with a second shutter button, AF button and pair of adjustment wheels.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
It works very reliably even in dim light situations and is stunningly fast with standard Nikkors, and even better with AF-S lenses.
by DPReview (Feb, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 24.4 MP
Resolution 6048 x 4032
Size Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 35.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 51
Cross type focus points 15
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 88 mm
Weight 1,260 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video Unknown
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 4,400 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 161 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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