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Nikon D3x

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Review Date: Mar 26, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF speed and accuracy during burst shooting, big buffer which clears quickly, identical body handling to D3
Cons:
Err Price!

I recently moved from Canon to Nikon, a D3 and D3x for sports and motorsport work.

Basically this is high resolution sensor in a D3 body, everything else is the same, which is to say excellent. Image quality is superb and if you don't need very large prints there is ample scope for cropping hard into the image which still leaves you with an incredible amount of detail. Noise control is also very good and I have no problems at all using this up to ISO 1000 though I find myself reaching for the D3 if I need to shoot higher for longer periods of time.
Also, this is the first full frame high resolution body that I would ever consider using for sports work, 5 fps is good but the buffer is large enough to support long bursts and still be able to shoot without lockout, very very impressive. But this comes at a price, 5200 - gulp!


 
Nikon D3

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Review Date: Mar 26, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF Speed and Accuracy, especially in burst shooting.
Cons:
Why couldn't they just have a battery that included the mount, a la Canon.

Others have used the word 'awesome' quite regularly to describe the D3 and I have to say I agree 100%. I was a long time Canon 1D series owner who finally lost patience with both Canon and the 1D3, demo'd a D3 and was utterly impressed! AF speed and accuracy is superb, AF during burst shooting is also incredibly accurate and this is very very important for the shooting I do.

Build quality is superb and while I always liked the ergonomics of the 1D series it wasn't too difficult to get my head around the D3 layout. Dual CF slots are an excellent idea, no more messing around with small SDHC cards. Matrix exposure is also superb and very accurate and where I would be constantly changing the exposure compensation of the 1D3 this just nails it. High ISO is also excellent but then again so was the 1D3, but I do prefer the 'look' of the Nikon noise.

Overall very very impressed.