Nikon D3

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The Nikon D3 is a Nikon flagship camera, aimed at professional photographers. The camera launched in December 2007 and has rapidly become the industry standard. A higher resolution 24 megapixel model Nikon D3x was released in 2008. A video capable model Nikon D3s was released in 2009.

The camera is Nikon's first full-frame digital camera, and packs 12.1 million pixels. Nikon markets full 35mm frame cameras with the name FX.

Amongst a host of other features, it can shoot as many as 11 frames per second, though not at full resolution.

The camera's biggest acclaim, though, came from its unrivaled ability to shoot in low light. With a maximum "film" speed of 25600 ISO, it makes light of pitch black surroundings.

Nikon's decision to launch the D300, the D3's smaller brother, on the same day as the D3 raised many eyebrows in the industry, especially since the D300 has the same pixel count at about a third of the price.

Nikon D3 Nikon D3x Nikon D3s
Introduction 2007 2008 2009
Type Full Frame Digital SLR 24×36mm CMOS sensor
Megapixel 12 24 12
Video No No Yes
Price $5,000 US $8,000 US $5,200 US

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