The Nikon D3 has been developed from the results of years of research and feedback from professional photographers, and is an amalgamation of a complete range of innovative Nikon technologies. Our Expert Reviewer Andy Rouse put the D3 through its paces in many different situations, each time finding it more than up to the task. "The D3 has amazing ISO performance, produces images with a beautiful dynamic range and has the best AF system seen in a Nikon DSLR so far. Is the Nikon D3 worth upgrading to from a previous Nikon DSLR? Absolutely 100%."
Features of the Nikon D3
- Vibrant 12.1 effective megapixel FX format
- Blazing-fast 9fps frame rate (extended to 11fps in DX crop mode)
- Standard ISO range from 200-6400 (plus high/low of ISO 100/25,600)
- Renovated 51-point autofocus system
- 3” VGA LCD screen with Live View
- Cutting edge EXPEED image processor
Nikon D3 - 2 Year Warranty
To take advantage of the extended warranty you are required to register the product within 30 days of purchase. The camera or kit must have been distributed by Nikon UK & Republic of Ireland, through an official UK retailer such as Wex Photographic.
For details on how to register your product online please click here. Alternatively you can complete the in-box warranty slip or telephone 0800 408 5060 (Nikon UK).
Nikon D3 – FX Format Image Sensor
Designed from the ground up, the D3 FX Format CMOS imaging sensor features amazing light transmission properties, equipping photographers with the ability to create fantastic images even in low light. The camera has a high signal to noise ratio, a pixel pitch 15% larger than competitive cameras, gapless surface micro-lenses and advanced on-chip noise reduction, thus producing high quality images come rain or shine.
Nikon D3 – EXPEED Image Processing System
Central to the D3’s ability to capture and process a great deal of data in high definition is the EXPEED image processing system, which features 14-bit analogue-to-digital A/D conversion with 16-bit image processing, both of which play an important part in delivering the results Nikon users have come to expect from their cameras.
Nikon D3 – Scene Recognition and Autofocus
The D3 offers Nikon’s acclaimed 1005-pixel RGB metering sensor, improved to now recognise the shape and position of subjects for better auto exposure and autofocus accuracy. Following years of development, Nikon has again excelled, producing a 51-point autofocus which acquires and tracks subjects' movements with even more precision.
Extensive research into how autofocus is used by professional sports and news photographers resulted in the Multi-CAM3500 AF module, featuring the most AF points ever developed for a SLR camera. Nikon united the AF module with their simple 8-direction multi-selector button, for quick selection of individual AF points.
Andy tested the autofocus of the D3 by photographing his dogs, running flat out in low light. "This was an extreme test and although I won’t say that every shot was completely in focus – there is no way they could be with the low light and the forward speed of the hounds – enough were razor sharp to warrant this a complete success… and at ISO 1400."
Nikon D3 – Instinctive response
Featuring 9fps, the D3 is the fastest full format DSLR in the market, with 11fps possible in DX crop mode. A second crop mode can also be found on the camera, offering a 5:4 aspect ratio. A CIPA standard shutter release time lag of a mere 41 milliseconds improves both burst speed, Live View performance, and the mirror black out is only 74ms. The shutter unit of the D3 DSLR has been tested over 300,000 cycles and with blades made from Kevlar and carbon fibre material, it is not surprising that they are unrivalled in endurance and precision no matter the conditions.
Nikon D3 – Picture Control
Users of all standards will be able to manage and customise the appearance of their images via the Nikon D3 on-board Picture Control, which offers improved productivity for JPEG shooters. Picture Control saves a considerable amount of post-processing time and through a range of default settings, users can also customise and share settings. Nikon created Picture Control for the D3 with the intention that photographic communities may develop their own Picture Control settings for specific subjects and conditions. Picture Control replaces the Colour Mode settings that existed on previous Nikon models.
The D3 also features an Active D-Lighting option, which adds to the JPEG capabilities of the camera. When shooting in high-contrast conditions, photographers can apply a pre-set curve that processes images with improved shadow and highlight details, without affecting overall contrast.
Nikon D3 – Designed for Definition
The Nikon D3 caters for High Definition from start to finish. From the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) port for output to the latest HD displays to the 3" VGA LCD screen with 170° viewing angle, images can be played back at increasingly high levels of detail.
Andy Rouse agrees. "The screen is the largest on any Nikon DSLR so far and has a beautiful colour balance that really looks like what I am seeing with my eyes."
The Nikon D3 also features autofocus in Live View, something not always possible with other Live View technologies.
"Of course, the bottom line of most DSLRs comes down to quality," continues Andy, "the quality of the NEFs has been absolutely great, and that is coming from someone who demands the ultimate in quality. Trust me, the Nikon D3 is sharp."
Nikon were pioneers of wireless image transmission, and with the Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (purchase separately), the multi camera network era is here. The D3 can be remotely controlled from afar and images can be transmitted or 'pushed' to servers. The WT-4 also enables remote browsing of the camera's image thumbnails.
Wireless networking enables up to 5 D3 and D300 cameras to be established. This is useful at a sporting event for example, when photo editors could browse all thumbnails on each of the cameras simultaneously, 'pulling' the images they like while the photographers continue shooting.
Nikon D3 – Flexible Image Storage
The Nikon D3 is the world’s first DSLR to offer dual CompactFlash card slots for outstanding storage flexibility. Images can be shot to each card one after another, or simultaneously, as back up. When shooting combined NEF (RAW) and JPEG files, the NEF image can be written to one card while the JPEG version is written to the other. After shooting, images can also be copied from one card to another. Andy Rouse says, "Give them a medal. Two CF cards can now be used side by side, which means I can load the camera with 2 x 8GB cards. Awesome."
Nikon D3 – One Tough Customer
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Nikon digital SLRs have been a long-standing top choice of professionals, due to their durability and consistent high performance – Nikon DSLRs are renowned for withstanding the most challenging conditions. Nikon’s reputation precedes it, their cameras are expected to keep working where other brands may falter, in the arctic or on the equator. The D3 is no exception to this rule. Built from a magnesium alloy exterior with chassis and mirror box, the D3 body is sturdy and long-wearing, while the seams and buttons of the camera body are sealed against the effects of dust and moisture.
Buy Now Pay Later
With our no deposit Buy Now Pay Later option, pay nothing for six months when you spend £250 or more, then either settle the cash price in full by paying a £29.00 settlement fee, or choose to spread the cost over 36 months at 19.9% APR Representative. Please see the repayment example below to see how much purchasing this item on finance would cost.
|Item Value (Cash Price)
|Total Amount Credit
||35 x £115.48
|Total Amount Payable
|Annual Rate of Interest
Are you eligible for finance?
Applicants must be:
- Aged 18 years or older from the application date
- In permanent UK residence for a minimum of three years
- Fulfil at least one of the following employment criteria:
- In regular, permanent employment.
- Retired from regular employment - With a minimum age of 50.
- Not working through disability.
Note: All applicants will be subject to a credit reference check by the lender.
Credit is subject to application and status. Warehouse Express Ltd trading as Wex Photographic act as credit broker and not the lender. Barclays Partner Finance act as the lender.
Can I repay early? If so how?
No repayments are scheduled in the initial six-month deferral period. However, it is possible to pay off the loan, either by way of a lump sum or in smaller amounts. If the loan is fully repaid within the six-month deferral period, then no interest is payable, but a £29.00 early-settlement will be incurred. Such repayments may be made to Barclays Partner Finance by cheque, debit card or standing order. Unfortunately it is not possible to set up a direct debit within the deferral period. Further information on how to make such repayments will be set out in the loan agreement pack provided by Barclays Partner Finance.
What happens if I don't repay within the first six months (deferral period)?
Following the six month deferral period, Barclays Partner Finance will initiate a monthly direct debit payment for the remaining duration of the loan. Interest will be charged at a rate of 19.9% APR on outstanding balances (backdated to the first date of the loan). Late payment penalties and early repayment charges will apply from this point. Barclays Partner Finance will send a reminder letter approximately one month before the six month deferral period is due to elapse. Note: If you chose to spread the cost and pay monthly, interest is charged from the start of the loan, not from the start of the repayment period.
What will I receive from the finance provider (lender)?
Barclays Partner Finance will send a loan agreement pack approximately four weeks after delivery of the goods, confirming that the account has been activated and, from this point, it is possible to make repayments against the loan.
For further information on how our finance product work, see our Finance help section.
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