The Nikon D3x is officially announced and priced at $8000
After a brief countdown, we are ready to celebrate the official announcement of the Nikon D3x, Nikon's new 35mm full-frame flagship DSLR! The rumors were completely founded, as expected, and the D3x joins the Sony A900 as they now share the thorny crown of megapixel king and queen.
Update #2: Pre-orders at three places
Two places have started accepting pre-orders online, Ritz/Wolf, Calumet, and Adorama. More will be added in the next few days for sure.
The D3x is also listed at Amazon.com, but you cannot pre-order the Nikon D3x just yet. They do have an email-notification list you can sign up for.
Best of the Nikon D3x material on the Web
- Nikon D3x preview at Imaging Resource
- Nikon-produced D3x mini-site featuring sample images by Frank Wartenberg, John Shaw, Tim Andrew, and Kenji Aoki. Check it out. Note this is a Flash-based and multimedia-heavy mini-site and it re-adjusts the size of your browser.
- 28-page PDF brochure by Nikon (the link is directly to the PDF file!)
- Press material at dpreview
- The official press release can be found in the Nikon USA press room. For those who speak Japanese, here is the Nikon Japan page.
Nikon D3x Key Specifications
- 24.5-megapixel (6048 x 4032) CMOS sensor
- Price: $8000 estimate selling price
- Japan: 900,000 yen with a December 19 release date - see digitalcamera.jp
- available starting in December 2008
- 5.49-micron pixel size
- 12-bit or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed file formats
- 14-bit files (138MB)
- 5fps at full-resolution
- 7fps at DX crop-mode
- ISO 100 to 1600 (also available, ISO 50, and as high as 6400)
- EXPEED Image Processing System
- Start-up time: 0.12s
- Shutter release lag: 0.04s
- Scene Recognition System feeding off the 1005 pixel RGB light sensor
- Active D-Lighting
- 3D Matrix Metering II
- Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module (51 points, 14 cross-type, 36 horizontal)
- Live View modes (two modes)
- 300,000 cycles shutter
- OVF: 100% coverage with 0.7x magnification
- 3" LCD with 920,000 polka dots (170 degrees)
- HDMI output
- promises 4400 CIPA shots per charge (EN-EL4a)
- two memory card slots for CF I/II and Microdrive, UDMA (RAW vs JPEG config)
More coverage on the net
- Summary at CNet by Lori Grunin
- The customary Galbraith presentation
- Longer summary at Digital Camera Review
- Highlights at DCI
Nikon managed to dominate Black Friday with the leak and Cyber Monday with the official announcement.
Early Reactions in the Forums
- The price is not right for some photographers. "Eight thousand!!!", they exclaim.
- Potential sample images from a photographer in Europe discussed in this dpreview thread
- who is buying it already? Confession time!