Nikon D3 Digital SLRs

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The D3 features 12.1 effective megapixels and a sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 6,400 at normal setting. The image sensor of the D3 is a CMOS sensor developed by Nikon with a sensing area of 36.9 x 23.9 mm that is compliant with what is known as “35-mm full size”.

User Reviews (3)

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jacobovs   Intermediate [Aug 18, 2009]
Strength:

Low light performance
Easy to use external dials and buttons
Solid and weather resistant
High FPS

Weakness:

Size
Cost
12mpx

The D3 is an amazing Camera. Its low light capabilities are one of the main advantages it has over other cameras I've demoed. I can shoot indoor sports with ease. My friends are astounded at the pictures I am able to capture with little blur or color distortion. The Rapid fps performance of the D3 has been a blessing for all of the sports I have been shooting. The 5-11 fps allows me to capture THE shot I want. Since I shoot exclusively in RAW, having two card slots has been a blessing.

The many buttons and dials on the outside of the camera allows me to make rapid changes to my settings on the fly. The D3 is very solid and well sealed. I have taken it through forests,beaches, on the water and deserts with no issues.

Many will say that the D3 is only for the pros. I disagree as an avid photographer I think that you don't have to be an expert to use this Camera.The features are numerous but easy to learn and use often. The more I use this camera the more I like it. I like it so much that I have a second one and I have a D700( same Guts) for travel. The only down sides are the size, it's a big puppy : and the lower res vs the D3x or the Canon. It's also expensive but for me it has been worth it!

Customer Service

I had to have one of the cameras repaired. It took way too long and the cost was outrageous!!!! I dropped the camera and bent the ring that holds the lens. It was a screw on screw off 10 min job (I know this because they told me so), and was charged over $ 800. The cost of some cameras.

Similar Products Used: Canon
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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PunkJr   Professional [Apr 01, 2008]
Strength:

-Superb high ISO performance
-Bundled software (Capture NX)
-Build quality, second only to Leica in 35mm
-Autofocus
-Small features like the programable instant flash off button and the virtual horizon
-Battery life
-Colour rendition from those fat pixels
-Dual CF card slots are a Godsend
-9fps

Weakness:

-Price
-Build quality is good but some external plastic bits could have been metal such as the battery door
-Would love a button that instantly took me back to base ISO200 rather than having to scroll but now I am nitpicking

I love the feeling of a pro Nikon in my hands and after venturing into the digital world with a D200, I was thrilled when I took delivery of my D3. This camera does everything an SLR 35mm should do. It is fast, great autofocus, controls are easily accessable and easily changed. The ISO performance is fantastic and when I do get some noise in my images, I find it much more pleasant than my D200. I can shoot all day long at ISO25 600 when I know that the images will end up in B&W.

I am thrilled that all the lenses that I love to use on my F3, F4 and F5 can be used again as they were intended. The view finder is bright with my lenses and the double brick design means they balance nicely on the D3. Weight of the this camera is not a concern as I am a fully grown adult. The LCD screen has tempered glass which I love because I found that the plastic protector would scratch and dust would settle between it and the screen below. This camera is versatile and a good landscape camera, but 35mm SLR's aren't intended for landscape work. That is what medium and large format cameras are for. When used for its intended purposes, there is no better 35mm SLR on the market today.

Customer Service

have used Nikon Australia once and was reasonably happy

Similar Products Used: Nikon D200
NikonF5
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Andreas   Professional [Mar 23, 2008]
Strength:

* Extremely fast
* Very high image quality
* Full (FX) frame for wide angle
* Positively affects your way of photography (high ISO)
* Now Auto-ISO is realy usable in a wide range of ISO values
* D-Lightning
* Improved JPG quality
*

Weakness:

* Expensive
* Somehow, for tele shots I got used to DX and it's extra magnification
* Low-ISO quality no real improvement over D200, D300, D2Xs
* 14-Bit Raw delivers no visible benefit
* Nikon Software not really state of the art (slow, but good quality)

The D3 is a huge step forward. While the D3 delivers slightly better image quality at 200 ISO compared to a D2Xs at 100 ISO, high ISO quality is incredibly good and outperforms anything I used before.
Speed, built quality and usability has been continuously improved and should meet any professional's requirements.

Another good thing is that the D3 still works with a large set of older full-frame lenses and still maintains very good image quality. Additionally, with some configurations you get marketable JPGs directly out of the cam.

Probably the best DSLR available!

Customer Service

Always accurate, high quality, high price.

Similar Products Used: Almost all (semi) professional Nikon since the F3 (including F3HP, F4s, F5, F100, D2X(s), D200, D300, ...)
Many professional grade Canons (EOS 1D Series), Some Minolta, Fuji, Pentax.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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