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Full Frame 24.5 Megapixel Nikon D3X Announced
Posted Dec 10,2008

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I case you missed last weeks announcement of Nikon’s new flagship DSLR, the full frame D3X, here a few of the important stats.

  • FX-format CMOS image sensor with 24.5 effective megapixels.
  • Low noise from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.
  • Near-instantaneous shutter release time lag of approx. 0.04 second.Nikon_d3x_back
  • 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting in full frame format and 7 fps in DX crop mode.
  • Live View mode for shooting hand held and with a tripod.
  • High-resolution 3-inch VGA-size LCD monitor with tempered glass.
  • Intelligent power management that allows you shoot up to 4,400 frames on a single battery charge.
  • Estimated selling price of $7999.95—available in December 2008.

For a full rundown on the camera, take a look at Rob Galbraith’s review.

Ken Geiger

Comments

Eliezeri Sungusia
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Hello,

The camera is marvelous but the price is just intimidating. Like a student with a lot of interest in photography, this camera is simply out of reach. I need a camera of this calibre as I will be traveling to Tanzania this summer for data collection. I am sure there's a lot to capture and share with the rest of world. What other good camera (with the modest price) can you recommend?

Thanks,

Ken Geiger
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Eliezeri, If you want to stick with Nikon the D700 digital SLR has been getting some good reviews. It's a 12.1 megapixel CMOS camera, with live view and a self cleaning sensor—selling for under $3,000. The next major price point for Nikon is the N90, though not full frame, its price of under $850 is very attractive. It also shoots video.

http://ngm.typepad.com/digital_photography/2008/08/nikon-d90-first.html

-Ken Geiger

Eliezeri Sungusia
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Ken,

Thanks for the tips.

Eliezeri.

Wilbur Allen
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Eliezeri.
I must say, if you are strapped for cash..the D90 is the wy to go, especally with its video captue feature; However: D700 is exceptional technology! But, it gets expensive there too! You just can't leave with just the body and lens! There are other exceptional lens and optional equipment for specific applications and images. If you go high tech, go with a system in sync and designed for the objectives. The camera technology may cost more than the trip?

Marleen
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

I'm a newbie in photography I just bought my DSLR Sony 300 though I'm a big fan of Nikon D90.Budget's calling I choose Sony now I'm thinking that maybe I made a big mistake for not buying what I really want although Sony is also good and the reviews for sony 300 are great.Is it true what people says that the body of the camera doesnt count its the lense that is really important?

Sean (Photography) Patrick
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Mann.. i want one so badly

dylan p
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

very cool. Now this would take great pictures for digital frames. Sony always comes through even when not in their core.

Bill Lovelady
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Wow, $8,000 I am in the market as well for a new Nikon Pro-Series camera because my wife and I are getting into the Wedding field. I operate with my trusty Nikon D50 right now and have actually shot a wedding with it already. You can see my results at www.bklphotos.com I am beginning to believe that one of the most important pieces of equipment to have is the eye itself. Maybe one day I will be able to pack my bag with the new D3X. I feel your pain Eliezeri.

Gary M. Reese
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Thanks but no thanks. The D3X goes back to the "If your rich your a great photographer" folks. Yea sure 24mp will go go bill board size nicely. I fail to see how that helps shooting for a magazine leta lone the rest of us. I consider it something for the equipment snobs. I shoot a lowly D40x, and am happy with it,.....for now. The D90? Yea, I could see that. Likely my next camera.

Digital Nude Photography
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

For $8000, what this camera gives you comes with a hefty price.

Alric
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

I'm planning on buying either a nikkon d300 or a cannon 50d..what would you recommend for a all purpose useful camera?

The question is how fast will the price drop? These may be niche enough for high end digital photographers to stay pricey for a while.

cheryll
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

I would love to own one. But the price is too steep. *sigh* I resolve to save up for one and photography classes just so I can make maximize the use of the camera. The question is.. when will I be able to afford it?

Bonex Julius
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

The camera is more than marvelous but the price is just too huge. As News paper photographer I would like my company to have this type of camera but they cant afford.

Thanks,

john anthony
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

This is my first digital camera, I wanted something that would not scare people away or make them feel intimidated when I pointed it at them, I went for the cannon G10 , cheep and cheerful with a punch. It’s like my old Olympus M2 in weight and it still feels like an analogue camera, so it made the transaction easy for me. I am afraid to say since I got it I have not even picked up the M2. I know it’s known as a digital Polaroid but it feels right. And I have been trigger happy it’s really got me back into just taking photos again for the pure joy of it.

Sohrab
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Own a Nikon D 50 and have taken 1000's of great pics with 18-55 a 50mm and a 70-300 lenses. For now get no more than a D 90 assuming you already have Nikon lenses and flash. In fact I wish Nikon would make a camera like the D 90 without the video ability for a lesser price.

Cody
Dec 10, 2008 9AM #

Very informative, actually, I really enjoy my reading and the insight from everyone who participates.
I find it to be refreshing.
I recently upgraded to a Nikon D3 myself. I'm getting serious :-)
I bookmarked it and will be back time to time.

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