Until the D700 was launched, the D3 was the only model in the Nikon range to offer a full-frame sensor, although, in truth, the FX sensor is actually 0.1mm shy of being a true full-frame offering.
A DX cropped sensor mode is also available so Nikon DX lenses can be used to increase the top shooting rate but this reduces resolution to five megapixels.
Performance wise, however, it does push the EOS-1D MkIII all the way. With a full resolution frame rate of up to nine frames-per-second (or 11fps with the aforementioned cropped sensor) and the most assured AF system you’ll find on any camera, it’s perfect for capturing action.
It also offers a truly amazing ISO sensitivity (enhanced) up to 25,600, which does produce shots with noticeable noise, but means you can take shots in ambient lighting while other snappers will be resorting to flash.
In truth, the D3’s biggest competitor probably comes from within in the shape of the D700, but buy either camera and you’ll be happy as a pig in muck.
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||160 x 157 x 87.5mm |
|Shutter Range||30-1/8000sec+B |
|LCD Screen Size||3in|
|Sensor Size||36 x 23.9mm|
|Max Image Size||4256 x 2832 pixels |
|Resolution (mp)||10-14 million pixels|
|Image stabilization||In lens stabilization|
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