Specifications

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D3S and D3X Specifications

Type
Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Picture Angle Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Effective Pixels
Effective Pixels 12.1 million
Image Sensor
Image Sensor CMOS sensor, 36.0 × 23.9 mm; Nikon FX format
Total Pixels 12.87 million
Dust-reduction System Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Storage
Image Size (pixels)
Image area Large Medium Small
FX format (36×24) 4,256 × 2,832 3,184 × 2,120 2,128 × 1,416
1.2× (30×20) 3,552 × 2,368 2,656 × 1,776 1,776 × 1,184
DX format (24×16) 2,784 × 1,848 2,080 × 1,384 1,392 × 920
5:4 (30×24) 3,552 × 2,832 2,656 × 2,120 1,776 × 1,416
File Format
  1. NEF (RAW): 12- or 14-bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed
  2. TIFF (RGB)
  3. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
  4. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted
Storage Media CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
Double Slot Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images;
pictures can be copied between cards
File System Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21, and PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame Coverage FX (36x24): Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal), 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal),
DX (24x16): Approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal), 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 100% (vertical) and approx. 97% (horizontal)
Magnification Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen with AF area brackets
Reflex Mirror Quick-return
Depth-of-field Preview When Pv (depth-of-field preview) button is pressed, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected
by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Lens Aperture Instant-return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses Lens compatibility chart
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Flash Sync Speed X = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
Release
Release Modes
  1. Single-frame [S] mode
  2. Continuous Low-speed [CL] mode
  3. Continuous High-speed [CH] mode
  4. Quiet Shutter-release mode [Q]
  5. Self-timer [ ] mode
  6. Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Frame Advance Rate
(CIPA Guidelines)
  • DX (24×16): Up to approx. 9 fps (CL) or approx. 9 to 11 fps (CH)
  • Other image areas: Up to approx. 9 fps
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s
Exposure
Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering System
  1. Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
  2. Center-Weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame, diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame)
  3. Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range
  1. 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
  2. 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Meter Coupling Combined CPU and AI
Exposure Modes
  1. Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program
  2. Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
  3. Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
  4. Manual (M)
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure Lock Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO Sensitivity ISO 200 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 or 3 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from [Auto], [Extra high], [High], [Normal], [Low] or [Off]
ADL Bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Focus
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection;
51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine-tuning possible
Detection Range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Lens Servo
  1. Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); predictive Focus Tracking automatically activated according to subject status
  2. Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus Point Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area Mode
  1. Single-point AF
  2. Dynamic-area AF [number of AF points: 9, 21, 51, 51(3D-tracking)]
  3. Auto-area AF
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF)
Flash
Flash Control
  1. TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor are available with SB-900, 800, 600 or 400
  2. Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens
  3. Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22S
  4. Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900 and 800
Flash Modes
  1. Front curtain sync
  2. Slow sync
  3. Rear-curtain sync
  4. Red-eye reduction
  5. Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Flash-ready Indicator Lights when Speedlight such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync Terminal ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White Balance
White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored), and color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine tuning
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Modes Tripod, Hand-held
Autofocus
  • Tripod: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
  • Hand-held: TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
Flicker Reduction 50 Hz and 60 Hz
Movie
Frame Size (pixels) 1,280 × 720/24 fps, 640 × 424/24 fps, 320 × 216/24 fps
File Format AVI
Compression Format Motion-JPEG
Audio Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
ISO Sensitivity ISO 200 to 12800 (ISO 6400 to Hi 3 in high-sensitivity movie mode)
Monitor
LCD Monitor 3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback
Playback Function Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlight display, auto image rotation, image comment (up to 36 characters), and voice memo input and playback
Interface
USB Hi-Speed USB
Video Output NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
HDMI Output Type C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
Audio Input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin Remote Terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 version 2.01 and 3.01 (requires optional GPS Cable MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported Languages
Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Power Source
Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4
AC Adapter AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Tripod Socket
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions/Weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.
Weight Approx. 1,240 g/2 lb. 12 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
Operating Environment
Temperature 0-40°C/32-104°F
Humidity Under 85% (no condensation)
Accessories
Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC5, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area
Main Optional Accessories Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E*, GPS Unit GP-1, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
* Product name varies according to region, depending on local frequency channels available
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Type
Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
Picture Angle Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Effective Pixels
Effective Pixels 24.5 million
Image Sensor
Image Sensor CMOS sensor, 35.9 x 24.0 mm; Nikon FX format
Total Pixels 25.72 million
Dust-reduction System Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Storage
Image Size (pixels)
Image area Large Medium Small
FX format (36×24) 6,048 x 4,032 4,544 x 3,024 3,024 x 2,016
DX format (24×16) 3,968 x 2,640 2,976 x 1,976 1,984 x 1,320
5:4 (30×24) 5,056 x 4,032 3,792 x 3,024 2,528 x 2,016
File Format
  1. NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed
  2. TIFF (RGB)
  3. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
  4. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted
Storage Media CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA); Microdrives
Double Slot Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images;
File System Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21, and PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Frame Coverage Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal) in FX format, approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal) in DX format,
approx. 100% (vertical) and approx. 97% (horizontal) in 5:4
Magnification Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Reflex Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field Preview When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Lens Aperture Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Lens
Compatible lenses Lens compatibility chart
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; Bulb
Flash Sync Speed X = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
Release
Release Modes
  1. Single-frame [S] mode
  2. Continuous Low-speed [CL] mode
  3. Continuous High-speed [CH] mode
  4. Live View [LV]
  5. Self-timer [ ] mode
  6. Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Frame Advance Rate
  • DX format (24 x 16): Up to 5 fps (CL) or 5 to 7 fps (CH)
  • Other image areas: Up to 5 fps
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s
Exposure
Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering System
  1. 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
  2. Center-Weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame, diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame)
  3. Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range
  1. 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or Center-Weighted Metering),
  2. 2 to 20 EV (Spot Metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Meter Coupling Combined CPU and AI
Exposure Modes
  1. Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program
  2. Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
  3. Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
  4. Manual (M)
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
Exposure Lock Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV; can be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100, or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 1600
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from [Auto], [Extra high], [High], [Normal], [Low] or [Off]
Focus
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection;
51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible
Detection Range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Lens Servo
  1. Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); Focus Tracking automatically activated according to subject status
  2. Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus Point Single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area Mode
  1. Single-point AF
  2. Dynamic-area AF [number of AF points: 9, 21, 51, 51(3D-tracking)]
  3. Auto-area AF
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-point AF in AF-S)
Flash
Flash Control
  1. TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, 800, 600 or 400
  2. Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens
  3. Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22S
  4. Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900 and 800
Flash Sync Modes
  1. Front-curtain sync (normal)
  2. Slow sync
  3. Rear-curtain sync
  4. Red-eye reduction
  5. Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash-ready Indicator Lights when Speedlight such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully
charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) With Speedlights such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-R200, SU-800 (commander only),supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color InformationCommunication, modeling flash and FV lock
Sync Terminal ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White Balance
White Balance
  • Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor);
  • Seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; white balance bracketing:
    2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Modes Handheld mode: TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors) Tripod mode:
Contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a specific area
Monitor
LCD Monitor 3-in., approx. 920k-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback
Playback Function Full-frame and thumbnail (4 or 9 images) playback with playback zoom, slide show, histogram display, highlight display, auto image rotation, image comment (up to 36 characters), and voice memo input and playback
Interface
USB Hi-Speed USB
Video Output NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
HDMI Output Type A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available
10-pin Remote Terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 version 2.01 and 3.01 (requires optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported Languages
Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian,Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Power Source
Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22/MH-21
AC Adapter AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Tripod Socket
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions/Weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.
Weight Approx. 1,240 g/2 lb. 11 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
Operating Environment
Temperature 0-40°C/32-104°F
Humidity Under 85% (no condensation)
Accessories
Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-D3X, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area
Main Optional Accessories Wireless Transmitter WT-4/4A, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software

D3X's shutter release time lag: Approx. 0.04 second* shutter release time lag extends to approx. 0.05 second* when VR is on or used together with either AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED or AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED. Release time lag becomes approx. 0.06 second** in 14-bit A/D conversion mode. * Based on CIPA Guideline and in 12-bit A/D conversion mode **Based on CIPA Guideline

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