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Nikon D3X Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Nikon D3X
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.
December 01, 2008
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Nikon D3X scores 64 out of 100, reflecting its standing in the DSLR market. Announced on December 1, 2008, this camera is over a decade old, with a launch price of $9,172. It measures 160 x 157 x 88mm and weighs 2.78lbs (1260g). Despite its age, the D3X still offers solid specifications for photography enthusiasts. However, newer cameras in the market now provide more advanced features and better performance at a lower price point.

Nikon D3X Overview and Optics

The Nikon D3X earns a score of 65/100 for its optics. This camera features a 24.5-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, which is powered by the Expeed processor. It has a shooting speed of 5 frames per second and a DXOMARK score of 88 for its sensor. The Nikon D3X uses the Nikon F FX lens mount, but it does not offer image stabilization.

In the competitive camera market, the Nikon D3X’s optics are not at the forefront. With a 3:2 aspect ratio, its specifications are relatively standard compared to other cameras. Though it has a high-resolution sensor, its shooting speed is not as fast as some modern alternatives. The lack of image stabilization can also be a drawback for some photographers.

The Nikon D3X, with its optics score of 65/100, offers decent performance but may not be the top choice for those seeking cutting-edge features in today’s market.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
24.5 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
6048 x 4032 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 35.9 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.
5 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 D3X Video Performance

Unlike most modern cameras, the Nikon D3X does not possess video capabilities. However, it offers built-in time-lapse functionality, enabling users to create time-lapse 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 D3X Features and Benefits

The Nikon D3X features a score of 54/100 in this section, which shows room for improvement. This camera has a 3-inch screen with a resolution of 920,000 dots. However, it lacks modern features such as a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Comparing the Nikon D3X to current market standards, it falls short in terms of convenience and connectivity. Many new cameras offer touchscreens for easier menu navigation, flip screens for versatile shooting angles, and wireless capabilities for seamless sharing and remote control.

Despite its shortcomings, the Nikon D3X still delivers quality images and reliable performance. However, users seeking advanced features and connectivity options may find this camera lacking. The Nikon D3X is a solid choice for those who prioritize image quality and performance over modern convenience 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.
920,000 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 D3X Storage and Battery

The Nikon D3X receives a storage and battery score of 87/100, which is a strong result. The camera provides two memory card slots, compatible with Compact Flash (Type I or II) and UDMA cards. This flexibility proves useful for photographers who want to manage their storage efficiently.

Regarding battery life, the D3X impresses with a capacity of 4400 shots per charge. The camera uses an EN-EL4a battery type, known for its reliability and performance. However, the D3X lacks USB charging, which may disappoint some users who prefer the convenience of charging through a USB connection.

Taking these specifications into account, the Nikon D3X offers competitive storage and battery performance in today’s market. It caters well to the needs of professional photographers who require ample storage and long-lasting battery life.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA
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.
4,400 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.'
24.7 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.'
13.7 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
B&H photo video
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