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Nikon D3 Digital SLR Camera

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only) Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only) 4.8 out of 5 stars (6)
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 16 x 15.7 cm ; 1.2 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.2 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: VBA180AB
  • ASIN: B000VDATG6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,434 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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NikonTs first ever FX format camera enables photographers who work under extreme conditions to stay ahead of the game. The D3 features a highly sensitive 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor that boasts an extendable ISO range of 200 to 6400, and its Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter and EXPEED image processing engine enable it to shoot at a staggering 9 fps 11 fps in DX Crop mode. The advanced Scene Recognition System delivers superior exposures and is supported by NikonTs next-generation 51-point AF system, which offers broad coverage and high sensitivity in low light. Selectable Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing, saving time in post-production, and a high definition 3-inch LCD screen supports two Live View modes plus an HDMI video output. Protected by a tough, environmentally-sealed magnesium alloy body, the D3 sets the benchmark for professional action photography.- 12.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range and 12-channel readout. - ISO 200 6400: extendable up to 25600 equivalent and down to ISO 100 equivalent. - 9fps consecutive shooting 11fps in DX Crop mode - EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation. - Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the cameraTs metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images. - Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings. - Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customization of image parameters before capture and offer complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various color modes. - 920,000 dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle. - Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images using the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod. - Two Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX c


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126 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle 18 Mar 2008
By Martin Turner HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Spend ten minutes with a D3, and you will be saying one of two things: either "that's really heavy", or "I want one". Nothing could have prepared me for the experience the first time the Nikon reps stuck one in my hands, and I spent four months saying "I'm definitely not getting one", until I finally succumbed. But then, I was used to the D2X.
My staff all said "your cameras are really heavy-- I wouldn't want to carry that around." They favour the D200.
That's about it really: if you want absolutely uncompromising performance up to ISO 6400 with negligible noise, and up to ISO 25600 when needed, and you want it at 9 frames per second, and you want a battery that is good for thousands of shots, and you want it in a rainproof, metal body, and you want faster autofocusing than you've ever seen, then this is the camera to get. On the other hand, if those aren't key issues, and either weight or cost is an issue, then it's better to look at other options, especially the D300, which crams into its diminutive body almost all the power of the D2X, and for much less money.

The D3 is Nikon's first digital camera with a sensor the size of 35mm film. This is often referred to as 'Full Frame', or FF, but Nikon calls it FX, to distinguish it from the APS-C sized DX format. FX and DX each have their own advantages, and its important to understand which is right for you before choosing.
The larger frame size of FX, for the same resolution, means the light sensors are larger, which in turn means less noise. Much less noise, in fact, giving the D3 the previously impossible extended range of ISO 25600 equivalent, which allows what people are beginning to refer to as 'available darkness' photography.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best professional SLR out there. 12 Jan 2009
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I have used mosr of the Nikon professional grade SLRs and recently have been using the D3. I had anticipated a camera a bit better then my 2DH and 2DXs but this camera blows those out of the water.

What makes this camera so good? Well I am a semi-pro sports photographer and if you have ever tried to shoot night games at Championship to non league stadium level you will appreciate that light levels are awful. However, whilst I have experience noise in my earlier cameras I can quite easily shoot at ISO 3200 and there is no noticable noise to speak of.

The camera reacts very speedily and once again compared to the Nikon 2 series its knocks spots off those cameras. I can quite easily lock onto a player and merrily shoot away knowing all images will be sharp.

The other great thong about this camera is that it has not one but 2 compact flash card facilities. I like to shoot RAW but the football clubs I work for need jpegs. So all I need do now id adjust the camera to load RAW on once card (this is for me to manipulate and provide poster size images) and the jpegs can be saved onto the other compact flash card which I can give straight to the club. Pure genius and I don't think any other camera manufacturer has that facility.

I have recently been trying my hand at HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. I have used my D2Xs but this cameras chip is better suited to it and when I process the images they look even better then I expected.

Downsides to the camera? Well its an FX model which is full frame and all my Nikons are DX format. In DX a 200mm lens is the equivilent of a 300mm which is great for sports. In FX it is only a 200mm so I guess that means I will be shelling out more cash for longer lenses, but that is a small sacrifice.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Before buying the D3 I phoned a dealer in London and asked for a price. They quoted me some high figure, above that of Amazon, but did not have one in stock. A few minutes later they phoned me back and said they would have a used one either that day or next. I thought this was a bit odd for someone to be selling a D3 already, as it has only been available a few months. They then told me that they have sold several used D3's, where someone had bought a new D3 and then decided to swap it for the newer D700. The D700 is similar, but is quite a bit smaller and lighter - it is also cheaper too. It's the exact same 35 mm sensor.

I then played a bit with both cameras and found the D3 more confortable in the hand, despite the extra size and weight, so settled on the D3, rather than the D700. The D3 has the advantage of more frames per second, which is what I wanted for wildlife photography.

I think "The Pinnacle" whose review on Amason is dated 18 Mar 2008, has done an excellent job, so I'm not going to repeat what he/she has said, since it would be a bit pointless. I was not even aware of the "Chromatic Aberration cancellation" they mentioned. This camera will take some getting used to, as it's quite complex, but I guess that is stating the obvious.

One thing the other reviewer did not state is that the camera can save images in various formats include TIFF, JEPG and NEF, which is a raw format of Nikon's design, which allows for higher quality if post processing pictures.

I've only given the D3 4 stars due to the amount of memory in it. The amount of memory restricts the number of frames that can be taken before a buffer fills up. If you save as NEF and higher quality JPEG, that is only 15 frames.
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