Nikon D3X

Nikon D3X front
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1260g - 160 x 157 x 88mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Older Model is Nikon D2Xs
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D3X summary

Nikon D3X is Nikon's Pro DSLR digital camera first introduced on February of 2009. It comes with a 25 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a full resolution of 6048 x 4032.

Nikon brought out this model to replace the previous Nikon D2Xs (Read Full Comparison)

The D3X ranks at #11 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & over all #225 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Nikon D3X history

The Nikon D3X is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
D3X vs D6
21MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D3X vs D5
21MPFull frame14.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D4s front thumbnailNikon D4s
D3X vs D4s
16MPFull frame11.0 fps2014
Nikon-D4 front thumbnailNikon D4
D3X vs D4
16MPFull frame11.0 fps2012
Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
D3X vs D3S
12MPFull frame11.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X25MPFull frame5.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D3X vs D3
12MPFull frame11.0 fps2008

Nikon D3X Pros and Cons

Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Nikon D3X based on aspects that are generally regarded as important in a digital camera.

2 card slots
comes with phase detect AF
decent sized screen (3 inch)
delivers RAW formats
does have HDMI out
fantastic MP (25 megapixels)
focusing manually
great battery life (4,400 shots)
great minimum ISO (100)
has Top LCD screen
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
very good screen resolution (920 thousand dots)
weather proof
can't shoot video
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no microphone support
no moving screen
screen is not selfie friendly
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Nikon D3X Sensor info

The Nikon D3X houses the Expeed chip. The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon D3X is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6048 x 4032 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 25 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. This ISO can be expanded electronically to 50 to 6400. RAW format is saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the D3X's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The D3X sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D3X dimensions

Nikon D3X weighs 2.78 pounds (1,260g / 44.45 ounces) & has outside size of 160mm x 157mm x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5"). The weight of average Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g and the Nikon D3X is similar in comparison with various rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Nikon D3X beside a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Nikon D3X dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the D3X.

Nikon D3X topview buttons dials

Nikon D3X Lens info

The D3X fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available in the market. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the D3X.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tamron-18-400mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-HLD-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD18-400mmf/3.5-6.3 710g
Tamron-AF-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron AF 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 398g
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Zeiss-Milvus-15mm-F2.8-Nikon-F-FX lensZeiss Milvus 15mm F2.815mmf/2.8947g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28mm-F1.4E-ED lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED28mmf/1.4645g
Nikon-PC-E-Micro-Nikkor-85mm-f2.8D lensNikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm f2.8D85mmf/2.8 650g
Venus-Laowa-24mm-F14-2x-Macro-Probe-Nikon-F lensVenus Laowa 24mm F14 2x Macro Probe24mmf/14474g
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Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-140mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR18-140mmf/3.5-5.6 490g
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Nikon D3X Connectivity

The D3X has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send files and sometimes change settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Nikon D3X Video info

Nikon D3X does not capture video. If you are shopping for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a concern.

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Nikon D3X Weather Sealing

Nikon D3X has weather proofing making it a great option for use in challenging places. This can be particularly valuable any time you are unsure about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.

Nikon D3X Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D3X comes with a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen. The D3X also includes a Top LCD screen so that you can instantly see the camera's settings.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon D3X are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders can be very helpful in bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Nikon D3X Shutter info

Nikon D3X has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D3X Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon D3X features external flash support but is without built in flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.

Nikon D3X Autofocus info

Nikon D3X features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact compared with Contrast Based focusing.

It comes with 51 focus points to pick from. Nikon D3X comes with manual focusing if needed in low light situations or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon D3X Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL4a) for the Nikon D3X is made to last for 4400 photos with respect to the CIPA requirements which is above average in comparison to its category. The average Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X has the best (4400) battery life in this type of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Pro DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X4400 yesnono
Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D3X vs D3
4300 yesnono
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Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
D3X vs D3S
4200 yesnono
Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D3X vs D5
3780 yesnono
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
D3X vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Nikon D3X for specific forms of photography

The following bar chart indicates a outline of the Nikon D3X for specific forms of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section below.

Nikon D3X as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon D3X receives a rating of 80 which is great, and means the camera is a superb fit to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
resolution is excellent (25 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats

Nikon D3X as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a moderate points total of 57, the Nikon D3X is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
weather proofing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D3X Sports photography information

A above average sports photography score of 71 suggests the Nikon D3X is a good choice for photographing sports. A camera really should have great autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
fantastic sensor resolution (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
weather sealing
better than average battery (4,400 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D3X Travel photography information

Portability is very crucial when choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon D3X gets a very good 63 as a travelling camera which is a respectable fit to take with you on your travels.

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good battery (4,400 per charge)
environment proof
excellent resolution (25MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display

Nikon D3X Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon D3X at it's awesome score of 76 as a landscape camera is a awesome choice amongst its rivals.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
amazing MP (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
good battery life (4,400 per charge)
two card slots
does not have image stabilization

Vlogging with Nikon D3X

A camera for vlogging should really have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon D3X is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 9.

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lack of video recording

Nikon D3X Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the D3X, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the family of Pro DSLR.

The line graph here will give you a summary of the D3X compared to it's top ranked competitors listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might see as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Nikon D3X
Physical type
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
25 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
6048 x 4032
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Nikon F
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Resolution of screen
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1260g (2.78 pounds)
160 x 157 x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5")
Battery life
4400 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II) x 2, UDMA
Card slots
Cost at release