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Nikon D3 Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Nikon D3
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
August 23, 2007
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Nikon D3 scores a 58 out of 100 in our evaluation. This DSLR camera, announced on August 23, 2007, and released the same year, came with a launch price of $4300. Measuring 160 x 157 x 88mm and weighing 1300g (2.87lbs), the camera’s specifications are now dated compared to current market offerings. Despite its age, the D3 still holds its ground for some photography enthusiasts who appreciate its design and performance.

Nikon D3 Overview and Optics

The optics of the Nikon D3 receive a score of 56/100. This camera features a 12.1-megapixel sensor, which is quite low compared to modern cameras. However, the D3 compensates with an impressive shooting speed of 11 frames per second. The full-frame CMOS sensor, coupled with the Expeed processor, results in a DXOMARK score of 81 for the sensor.

The Nikon F FX lens mount allows for a wide range of compatible lenses, providing flexibility for photographers. However, the camera lacks image stabilization, which may result in shaky images when shooting handheld. The aspect ratio is the standard 3:2, which is common among DSLRs.

Despite its lower megapixel count, the Nikon D3’s shooting speed and full-frame sensor make it a viable option for certain photography applications. While it may not be the top choice in today’s market, its compatibility with a variety of lenses and overall performance ensure that it remains a solid choice for those interested in a full-frame DSLR.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
12.1 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4256 x 2832 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
24 x 36 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Full Frame
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
11 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Nikon F FX
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 8000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Nikon D3 Video Performance

Unlike most modern cameras, the Nikon D3 lacks video capabilities. However, it compensates with a built-in time-lapse function, enabling photographers to create stunning sequences with ease.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Nikon D3 Features and Benefits

The Nikon D3 scores 54 out of 100 in the features category. With a 3-inch screen size and a resolution of 922,000 dots, the display is average compared to other cameras on the market. However, the D3 does not include modern features such as a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WIFI, or Bluetooth capabilities.

While the Nikon D3 may not have the most advanced features, it still holds its own in certain aspects. The lack of a touchscreen and flip screen might not be ideal for some users, but others may appreciate the simplicity and focus on core functions. However, the absence of GPS, WIFI, and Bluetooth limits the camera’s connectivity and convenience for sharing and geotagging photos.

The Nikon D3’s features may not be the most competitive in today’s market, but it remains a solid option for those who prioritize simplicity and core functionality over advanced features.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
922,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Nikon D3 Storage and Battery

The Nikon D3 receives a storage and battery score of 87 out of 100. This camera provides two memory card slots, accepting Compact Flash (Type I or II) cards. In today’s market, the dual memory card slots are a valuable feature for photographers who require ample storage space and backup options.

The D3’s battery life is impressive, offering 4300 shots with its EN-EL4a battery type. This high-capacity battery ensures extended shooting sessions without the need for constant recharging. However, the camera lacks USB charging capabilities, which might be a drawback for some users.

The Nikon D3’s storage and battery specifications make it a reliable choice for professionals who demand longevity and flexibility in their equipment.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
4,300 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
23.5 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
12.2 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
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