Nikon D3X What You Need to Know for Best Performance

The Nikon D3X uses a Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger.

The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary.

Third party battery chargers will be less expensive than OEM Nikon chargers. There will usually be an option to get one bundled with a third party battery purchase.

The Nikon D3X is compatible with Dual Compact Flash (Type I or II) memory cards.

The differences between Type I and II Compact Flash cards is the thickness. Type II meant the slot can accommodate Microdrives, which were very small mechanical hard drives. Another use is for microSD to Compact Flash adapters.

  • Type I - 3.3mm thick
  • Type II - 5mm thick

The D3X is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.

There is a list of the best Nikon D3X lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.

  • Active D-Lighting
  • 5.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto Active D-Lighting System
  • Custom Setting Options
  • Red eye correction

The D3X has an Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed image processor. The Expeed image processor is also used on the Nikon D3000.

The Nikon D3X can not record video.

No. The Nikon D3X does not have clean HDMI out.

The Nikon D3X can not be used as a webcam. There is no software or video capture device that will allow the camera to be used as a webcam.

Manufacturer Nikon
Model D3X
MSRP None
Body type Large DSLR
Max resolution 6048 x 4032
Other resolutions 5056 x 4032, 4544 x 3024, 3968 x 2640, 3792 x 3024, 3024 x 2016, 2976 x 1976, 2528 x 2016, 1984 x 132
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24.5 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 26 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (50-6400 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50.0
Boosted ISO (maximum) 6400.0
White balance presets 12.0
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Image stabilization notes None
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Autofocus ['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Selective single-point', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Live View']
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51.0
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 920000
Touch screen No
Screen type Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
Flash range None
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 to 20 sec, custom)
Metering modes ['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Spot']
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 to 9 frames either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Format None
Videography notes None
Modes None
Microphone None
Speaker None
Storage types Dual Compact Flash (Type I or II)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Microphone port None
Headphone port None
Wireless None
Wireless notes None
Remote control Yes
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 4400.0
Weight (inc. batteries) 1260 g (2.78 lb / 44.45 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.46″)
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1