Nikon will release its new, next-generation D3 professional DSLR camera in the fourth quarter of this year.


August 23, 2007: Nikon will release its new, next-generation D3 professional DSLR camera in the fourth quarter of this year.
Targeted at press photographers, the D3 is the first Nikon DSLR with a full-frame image sensor and features a Nikon-developed, “FX-format” CMOS imager with 12.1 megapixels effective. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 6400 at normal settings with extensions to ISO 100 and ISO 25,600 equivalent. Introduced with the new camera is Nikon’s new “EXPEED’ image processing system, which will be applied to all future Nikon digital cameras. In the D3 it allows continuous shooting speeds of up to 9 fps for 12.1-megapixel images to be supported and up to 11 fps when DX format (24 x 16 mm) shots are recorded at 5.1-megapixels.


Photographers can select from three image areas: FX format (36 x 24mm), DX format (24 x 16 mm) and 5:4 (30 x 24mm), with automatic detection when DX format lenses are used. Areas not covered by the sensor are automatically masked I nthe viewfinder. Shutter release time lag is only 37 milliseconds and the D3 is the first DSLR to comply with next-generation UDMA memory cards. The D3 has dual card slots for CompactFlash cards and can be set for consecutive or simultaneous recording or separate RAW and JPEG recording on each card. Image data can be copied between the cards.


Nikon has introduced a new Picture Control System with four basic settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome, allowing a range of image parameters to be adjusted and customised. The new 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor has a central area of 15 cross-type points that can work with all currently-available Nikkor lenses. A single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points. Fine tuning is available to match the focusing point to specific lenses. Functions of the AF points are linked with the new Scene Recognition System to provide improved subject detection and focus tracking. A new “3D tracking” mode shifts the focus point automatically to track subject movement.


The D3 is the first Nikon DSLR to provide Liveview shooting, with two modes available, covering hand-held and tripod-mounted use. In Handheld mode, TTL phase-difference AF using all 51 AF points is automatically activated. In Tripod mode, focal-plane contrast AF on a selected point is possible. Remote view, focusing and shooting are also supported when the D3 is connected to a PC (wired or wirelessly).
D-Lighting has been introduced in the new camera, along with a new Active D-Lighting function that lets users choose the intensity of the adjustment prior to shooting. Four settings are provided: High, Normal, Low and Unchanged. This function allows highlight and shadow details that might otherwise have been lost to be recorded while retaining proper contrast in the shot.
The D3 is also compliant with HDMI (High-Definition multimedia Interface) Version 1.3a, which enables transfer of video and audio signals. A standard Type A connector is provided. Pricing and availability of the new camera have yet to be announced. For details, visit

Sensor Size/Type:

Effective Pixels:

A/D Resolution Power:


Colour Filter:

RGB Primary Colours

Field-of-View Crop:


Dust Removal System


Recording Media:

CF Type I, II dual slot

Image Sizes:

FX format: 4256 x 2832, 3184 x 2120,

2128 x 1416
5:4 format: 3552 x 2832, 2656 x 2120,

1776 x 1416
DX format: 2784 x 1848, 2080 x 1384,

1392 x 920

File Formats:


Colour Space:

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Style/Control settings:

Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome


Eye-level pentaprism; 100% frame coverage; approx 0.7x magnification

Dioptric Adjustment:

-3 to +1 dpt

Interchangeable Focusing Screens:


Autofocus System:

TTL phase detection with Nikon MultiCAM 3500FX module

AF Points:

51 (single point selection from 51 or 11 points)

Focus Modes:

Single-point, dynamic AF, Automatic-area AF, Manual focusing

Metering Modes:

TTL full-aperture metering with 1005-pixel RGB sensor

3D Colour matrix Metering II

Centre-weighted (8-20mm circle at centre)

Spot metering (4mm circle)

Exposure Control:

Program AE with flexible program, Shutter-priority auto, Aperture-priority auto, Manual

ISO Speed Range:

ISO 200-6400 (expandable to 100 and 25,600)

Exposure Compensation:

+/- 5 EV in icnrements of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Shutter Speed:

1/8000 to 30 sec in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV plus Bulb; X-synch at 1/250 sec.


2, 3, 10 or 20 sec delay

Remote Control:

10-pin terminal

Built-in Flash GN:


Flash Exposure Compensation:


Continuous Shooting Speed:

FX format: 9 fps

DX format: 11 fps

White Balance:

Auto plus seven manual modes with fine-tuning, colour temperature setting

WB Compensation:

bracketing of 2-9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3

LCD Monitor:

3.0-inch TFT colour LCD, 920,000 pixels

Live View modes:

1) Handheld: TTL phase difference AF with 51 focus points 2) Tripod: focal-plane contrast AF on selected point

Image Playback:

Full frame, thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), zoom, slideshow, histogram, shooting data, highlight point display, auto image rotation


USB Hi-speed, HDMI, Video Out (PAL/NTSC), GPS, 10-pin remote



Dimensions (w x d x h):

159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm


Approx. 1240 grams (body only)