The Nikon D3X, it is dependable, fast, takes incredible images, and does it all with an eye-popping 24.5 megapixel sensor. Some people will say that is too many megapixels. I ignore those people because I like as many details as possible in my shots. Now, that is too many megapixels for a standard 8×10 print, for example. However, I believe that the future of “looking” at photography will be online. Monitors will continue to get bigger, resolutions will get bigger, and bandwidth will get faster. Imagine a day several years in the future, when people have giant art flatscreens in their house, and your high-fidelity photos will be filling them with incredible walk-up detail.
Most of my work is HDR (about 80%), and the Nikon D3X is great for that too. It, of course, has auto-bracketing. My only complaint is that I can only do steps of 1. That means that I normally have to take 5 exposures at -2, -1, 0, 1, and +2. Why I can’t program this thing to step by 2s is amazing to me. Another minor complaint is that the mirror goes up and down between each shot. That is a very silly thing, and it reminds me of some ancient Da Vinci mechanical device. I’m waiting for someone to hack it for me!
Now, in all honesty, the D3X is only, maybe, 20% better than the Nikon D700, if you do not care about megapixels. The D3X is much more expensive. But again, if you simply want the best, and you are into photography where financial reason flies out the window, then you really don’t have a choice, do you?
Photos of the Nikon D3X
I grabbed a few images of the Nikon D3X while I was out shooting.
Shooting in Tokyo. The 2.8 lens lets me shoot through those crossed metal wires and they don’t appear!
The D3X doing some street-shots
IThe huge sensor helps me to capture night images with very little noise
Hi ISO Shooting on a Huge Sensor
What does this mean? Well, the bigger the camera, the bigger the sensor. If you want to take fast pictures in dark situations, you need to increase the ISO. High ISO often means lots of noise, unless you have a big sensor. That big sensor is very sensitive to light and won’t produce as much noise as lesser camera sensors.
The D3X is also exceptional at low-light situations when you are not using a flash. Look at this shot I grabbed at Medieval Times. It was very dark inside even though this looks well lit.
The D3X in low-light conditions with no flash. The shot is at ISO 2000, F 2.8, 1/124 sec shutter speed.