Nikon D3

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Key specs

  • CMOS
  • Full format
  • 36 x 23.9 mm
  • 12 megapixels
  • 4256;2832 px
  • Nikon F;Nikon DX;Nikon FX
  • Contrast Detect (sensor);Phase Detect;Multi-area;Selective single-point;Single;Continuous;Live View
  • 3 in
  • no

Nikon D3 Full Specifications


Sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor formatFX
Sensor size36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor photo detectors13 Mpx
Effective pixels12 Mpx
Image ratio w:h5:4, 3:2
Max resolution4256, 2832
Other resolutions3184x2120, 2128x1416


ISO minimum100
ISO maximum25600
Boosted ISO minimum100
Boosted ISO maximum25600
Maximum image resolution4256, 2832
White balance presets12
White balance modesAuto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny
Custom white balance
Photo effectsBlack&White, Neutral, Vivid
Image stabilizer
Image stabilization type
Uncompressed formatRAW
Supported image file formatsJPG, RAW, TIF
AEB/HDR support

Optics & Focus

Lens mountNikon F
Magnification (Crop factor)1 x
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)
Contrast autofocus
Focus adjustmentAuto/Manual
Focal length multiplier
AutofocusContinuous Auto Focus, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) lock
Manual focus
Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Number of focus points51
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)51
Image stabiliserLens based only
Phase detection autofocus

Screen / viewfinder

Articulated LCDFixed
Screen technologyLCD
Screen size3.00 in
Screen dots922000
Touch screen
Live view
Viewfinder coverage100 %
Viewfinder magnification0.7 x
Eye relief0.71 in
Separate info display

Photography features

Camera shutter typeElectronic
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Continuous shooting
Number of exposures2
Exposure compensation plus5
Exposure compensation minus-5
Expousure compensation steps1/3, 1/2
Auto exposure lock
Self-timer delay2, 5, 10, 20
Flash sync speed1/250s
External flash connectionHot shoe, PC terminal
Built-in flash
Flash metering systemi-TTL
External flash
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Flash modesRedeye Reduction, Slow Sync
Manual settings
Self-timer optionscustom
Speed (JPEG)9 fps
Speed (RAW)9 fps
Exposure bracketing0.3 - 1.0±EV

Videography features

HD typeNot supported
Analog signal format systemNTSC, PAL
Camera playbackHighlights, Slide show, Thumbnails
Video recording

Audio features


Body typeSLR
Body materialAluminum-magnesium
Colour of productBlack
Weight2.73 lb
Width6.28 in
Height6.18 in
Depth3.44 in
Environmentally sealed
Anti-dust system


Memory slots2
Compatible memory cardsCF, CF Type II, MicroDrive
Storage typesCompact Flash Type I/II
Camera file systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21


Power source typeBattery
Battery life (CIPA)4300
Battery technology
AC adapter includedY
Number of batteries supported1


USB version2.0
Remote control
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)

Other features

Orientation sensor
Timelapse recording
Date imprinting
Tripod mounting supported
Image editing modesTrimming

Nikon D3 Online reviews

Nikon D3 In-depth Review: Digital Photography Review
The professional Nikon D 'single digit' series of digital SLR's started life back in June 1999 with the groundbreaking D1. Groundbreaking because it was the digital SLR that broke Kodak's stranglehold on the digital SLR market and fundamentally brought prices down to a level which most professionals could afford (around the US$5,500 mark). Since then we have seen a steady progression in the evolution of this line of cameras. Whilst the core values of a high quality full-size body with integrated grip have remained constant, the line split into two halves (indicated by the X and H suffixes), one targeted at high resolution photography the other high speed sports type photography (lower resolution but faster continuous shooting). It's been almost three years since Nikon introduced a...Read more

Nikon D3 review - Tech Advisor
Okay, so Nikon's D3 flagship DSLR has an eye-watering price tag but, in replacing the aged D2x, Nikon has produced a digital SLR camera with a feature set to make the mouth water too.Read more

Nikon D3 review | Stuff
Nikon’s flagship DSLR boasts a full-frame sensor but aims for a different audience to its Canon rival – can it hit the target?Read more