As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D3X is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Nikon D3X's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3 and the D7100) and Canon (such as the EOS 6D and the EOS 1D Mark IV)

Competitor classes

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3X compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has much less shutter lag (161 ms vs 208 ms), has a much longer battery life (4400 shots vs 1230 shots), is significantly less expensive ($758.85 vs $1,999.00) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 9 fps), has much more startup delay (300 ms vs 200 ms), lacks and external mic jack and is older (december 2008 vs october 2013).

Nikon D3

Nikon D3
1 year older
$784 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3 (vs the D3X)

  • Shoots much faster: 9 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3 (vs the D3X)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 24.4 MP

common strengths of the D3 and D3X

  • Very long battery life: 4300 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
5 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3X)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much smaller: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3X)

  • Much shorter battery life: 1230 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and D3X

  • Great battery life: 1230 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D4

Nikon D4
3 years newer
$5,121 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4 (vs the D3X)

  • Shoots much faster: 11 fps vs 5 fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D4 (vs the D3X)

  • Much shorter battery life: 2600 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Thicker: 3.6" vs 3.5"

common strengths of the D4 and D3X

  • Very long battery life: 2600 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
4 years newer
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3X)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much smaller: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3X)

  • Much shorter battery life: 900 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D610 and D3X

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $789.99 vs $758.85

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
5 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D3X)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D3X)

  • Much shorter battery life: 1200 shots vs 4400 shots

common strengths of the D810 and D3X

  • Great battery life: 1200 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
3 years newer
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D3X)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D3X)

  • Much shorter battery life: 900 shots vs 4400 shots

common strengths of the D800 and D3X

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,299.00 vs $758.85

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3X compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it much larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.61x), takes much higher resolution photos (24.4 MP vs 24 MP), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 400 ms), has much less shutter lag (161 ms vs 251 ms) and has a much longer battery life (4400 shots vs 950 shots).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 6 fps), lacks and external mic jack and slightly fewer lenses available (171 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
4 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D3X)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D3X)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 950 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the D7100 and D3X

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.70x
  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 51

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D3X)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D3X)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 1110 shots vs 4400 shots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the D7200 and D3X

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.70x
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 1110 shots vs 4400 shots