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December 01, 2008

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)


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Nikon managed to dominate Black Friday with the leak and Cyber Monday with the official announcement.


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