Nikon offers a full line of digital cameras from the point-and-shoot variety down to a complete range of D-SLR cameras. Nikon is one of the biggest names in the photography industry and when it introduces a new model photographers get excited.
Nikon has officially announced its latest D-SLR camera called the D3X. The camera features 24.5-megapixels and can shoot bursts at full resolution of up to five frames per second. Reducing the resolution to 10.5-megapixles allows bursts of seven frames per second.
The camera shoots photos in TIFF, JPEG, or RAW formats with 12-bit or 14-bit compressed and uncompressed formats. Images are stored to CF cards and the D3X sports dual CF slots that can be written to at 35MB per second.
The ISO range is ISO 100 to 1600 and is expandable to ISO 50 and ISO 6400. Nikon promises that images at ISO 1600 have no grain. Startup time is a mere 0.12 second and the shutter release time lag is 0.04 seconds.
Nikon builds its Scene Recognition System into the camera to refine auto exposure, auto white balance, and autofocus calculations. An internal database of 30,000 different images allows the scene selection system to choose values based on actual photos.
The autofocus system uses 51 points and has 15 cross type sensors along with 36 horizontal sensors to track and lock on to moving subjects. A 3-inch rear LCD offers 920,000-dot resolution and supports LiveView. The battery promises enough power for 4400 shots on a single charge.
The Nikon D3X will be available this month at $7,999.95, presumably for the body only. Most amateur photographers will find the much lower priced Nikon D90 to be more than adequate for their needs.