Here are the main upgrades over the standard D3:
- 24.5mp FX sensor
- 5:4 and DX crops
- 16 bit EXPEED processor
Here’s what’s missing or has gone backwards:
- No body design changes
- No AF changes
- No metering or main function changes
- 5 fps at full resolution down from 9fps
- 7 fps at 10mp
- No new format
- No built in video
The restricted ISO range and fall in frame rate indicate that Nikon has been prepared to make sacrifices to achieve the maximum possible resolution with the minimum amount of noise.
The spec changes are just enough to make the D3X look competitive against established high-end cameras such as the Canon 1DSIII (out in year 2007) and Sony’s Alpha but the main reason anyone entering this market might choose the Nikon will be the price if they get it right.
Seb Rogers (typepad.com) tells us that:
“…Canon has had the high res 35mm frame market to itself for far too long, allowing the 1DS series to sell at prices that, to these photograher’s eyes at least, have always looked rather ludicrous. Nikon has long had a policy of delaying ‘full frame’ until they felt able to do so without compromise and at a price equal to or below the original D1 price – which, here in the UK, was £4000 ($3000 (≈ $3000)).”
So here’s hoping Nikon gets the price right and we might even see a reduction in Canon pricing too as its monopoly disappears.