Nikon D3x Features Sony-Manufactured Sensor

Nikon has been dodging a direct answer to the question of sensor origins of its D3x since the camera was announced.  Nikon has finally admitted that Sony manufactured the sensor; however, Nikon points out that it designed the sensor.  Here’s Nikon’s own words:

The Nikon D3X’s 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor was developed expressly for the D3X in accordance with Nikon’s stringent engineering requirements and performance standards, with final production executed by Sony. Featuring refined low-noise characteristics, 12 and 14 bit output, Live View capability and more, the D3X’s unique sensor design was carefully blueprinted to perform in perfect concert with proprietary Nikon technologies including EXPEED Image Processing and the Scene Recognition System. Meticulous efforts allowed the sensor to become one of the many essential components and technologies which contribute to the D3X’s superior image fidelity.

[via Rob Galbraith]

So, is Nikon saying that this sensor is a different one than the one found in the Sony A900?

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3x Reviews and Resources for the latest news and reviews.

Nikon D3x First Look Review at Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer has published a first look review of the Nikon D3x.

I have already had the rare opportunity to shoot with a pre-production sample D3x with final firmware, and although the raw files remain inaccessible, low-compression JPEGs taken at ISO 100 at standard settings in a studio environment look stunning.

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3x Reviews and Resources for the latest.

Nikon D3x Preview at Trusted Reviews

Trusted Reviews has published a hands-on preview of the Nikon D3x.

The viewfinder is very bright and clear – essential for studio work – and focusing in low-light was quick and accurate, although on occasion it did get a little confused in gloomy, low-contrast scenes – hardly unusual for any DSLR, professional or not. However, overall, it feels superbly solid and totally up to the job.

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3x Reviews and Resources for the latest.

Nikon D3X Pre-Orders and Availability

Just hours after the Nikon D3X was announced a number of online retailers offered buyers the opportunity to pre-order the camera.  Unlike the Canon 5D Mark II, the Nikon D3X will be available shortly after the announcement.  Mid-December is what I’m hearing for shipping dates.  So, it’s possible that you could have your D3X by Christmas.

Here are the pre-order links for the Nikon D3X:

Calumet

Amazon

Adorama

Ritz Camera

Wolf Camera

Camera World

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3X Reviews and Resources for the latest.

Studio Impressions Hands-On with the Nikon D3X

Studio Impressions Blog has posted a short hands-on account of time spent with a pre-production Nikon D3X along with some JPEG sample images.

Even though the camera was a pre-production model I was extremely impressed with both the camera and lens. As you will see with the images I have posted the clarity, sharpness, dynamic range is exceptional.

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3X Reviews and Resources for the latest.

Nikon D3X Announced

Nikon has officially announced the Nikon D3X, a 24.5 megapixel DSLR.  Nikon is now upped the ante for Canon, which just launched its 21.1 megapixel 5D Mark II.  Canon’s flagship DSLR also sports a “mere” 21.1 megapixels and is now playing third fiddle to the Nikon D3X and the Sony A900.  Oh yeah, the D3X will run you about $8,000.

Full details on the D3X can be found in the press release below. Expect more news, reviews and other info on the Nikon D3X in the coming days.  Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D3X Reviews and Resources for the latest. [Read more...]