Nikon Intros 24 Megapixel D3X DSLR

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Nikon has introduced its new top-of-the-line digital SLR camera, the Nikon D3X, a 24-5 megapixel FX-format DSLR that offers continuous 5 frames-per-second shooting at full resolution, along with a complete slate of high-end features sure to please professional photographers and simply wow the rest of us. The D3X can capture images at wieher 12-bit or 14-bit resolution to ensure high image quality…and at 24.5 megapixels, each RAW image is roughly 138 MB in size.

“The new 24.5-megapixel FX-format D3X D-SLR provides the extreme resolution and high dynamic range capabilities needed to meet the extraordinary needs of photographic disciplines such as high fashion, commercial advertising, and fine art,” said Nikon’s general manager for SLR systems product marketing Edward Fasano, in a statement. “The D3X delivers this remarkable capability while fitting seamlessly within the Nikon system, taking full advantage of Nikon’s world-renowned collection of NIKKOR lenses and Speedlights.”

A full overview of features is impossible here, but a few highlights include a 51-point autofocus system, two Live View modes for handheld and tripod use, up to 27×zoom on the 3-inch preview LCD screen for framing shots (and a virtual horizon on the viewfinder), dual CF card slots (with overflow, backup, and copy capabilities), ISO sensitivity down to 1600 (with expansion options taking it down to ISO 6400), a swath of of video outputs (NTSC, PAL, HDMI), USB connectivity, and (of course) complete compatibility with Nikon’s NIKKOR lenses, SpeedLights, and other system accessories. The unit also offers in-camera image editing (including trim, color balance, filter effects, red-eye correction, and monochrome settings), an external flash shoe, self-timer, and even a voice memo function.

And, of course, all this comes at a price: Nikon will begin offering the D3X this month at a suggested price of $7,999.95—but we understand that includes a camera strap.

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