|Nikon D3 digital SLR|
image by Yoshiyuki Ootani (Image rights)
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|
|Type||Full Frame Digital SLR 24×36mm CMOS sensor|
|Price||$5,000 US||$8,000 US||$5,200 US|
- Nikon D3 detailed review by Simon Joinson and Phil Askey at Digital Photography Review
- Thom Hogan's review
- Ken Rockwell's review
|Japan Camera Grand Prix|
|Camera of the year
1984: Nikon FA | 1985: Minolta α-7000 | 1986: Canon T90 | 1987: Canon EOS 650 | 1988: Kyocera Samurai | 1989: Nikon F4 | 1990: Canon EOS 10 | 1991: Contax RTS III | 1992: Pentax Z-1 | 1993: Canon EOS 5 | 1994: Minolta α-707si | 1995: Contax G1 | 1996: Minolta TC-1 | 1997: Nikon F5 | 1998: Pentax 645N | 1999: Minolta α-9 | 2000: Canon EOS-1V | 2001: Minolta α-7 | 2002: Canon EOS-1D | 2003: Canon EOS-1Ds | 2004: Nikon D70 | 2005: Konica Minolta α-7 Digital | 2006: Nikon D200 | 2007: Pentax K10D | 2008: Nikon D3 | 2009: Canon EOS 5D Mark II | 2010: Olympus Pen E-P1 | 2011: Pentax 645D | 2012: Nikon D800 | 2013: Sony DSC-RX1 | 2014: Nikon Df