Summary Nikon D3

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Unknown
Score Snapsort rank
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 5
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Full frame 36x24mm
Screen resolution
Help 922k dots
Megapixels
Help 12.1 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 6,400 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Nikon D3Nikon D3

Replacement

Nikon has replaced the D3 with the D4.

Nikon D4
Nikon D4 announced January 2012
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality

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Pros

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The Nikon D3 vs other recent DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.70x
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
4300 shots
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
88 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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The Nikon D3 vs other recent pro DSLRs

Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
2,290 ISO
Color depth Good color depth Help
23.5 bits
Storage slots More storage slots Help
2
Overall image quality Incredible overall image quality Help
81.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
12.2 EV

Cons

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The Nikon D3 vs other recent DSLRs

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
August 2007
Thickness Thick Help
3.5"
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Size Quite large Help
Large (160×157×88 mm)
Weight Heavy Help
1,300 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
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The Nikon D3 vs other recent pro DSLRs

Movie format No movies Help
None
Screen size Small screen Help
3"
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
51
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
922k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.1 MP
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging

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