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Nineteen Industry Awards

This Nikon camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts in cameras of all the recently released similar spec digital cameras.

This Nikon digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" from CNET.com, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au and Digicam Buyer.co.uk all of whom thought that this digital camera was exceptional.

The experts at Ephotozine, DP Review and Ljudochbild.se all decided that this camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The experts at three more expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from Digitalfotoforalla.se, Theregister.co.uk and Digitalfoto.dk.

Furthermore, the editor of What Digital Camera thought that this camera was marvellous and gave it a "Gold" award and the editor of Best4reviews.com gave it a "Best Buy" award and thought it was a sensible purchase.

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Excellent Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 93 out of 100 based on fourty-three expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com. That puts this digital camera in the top 1% of all the recently released cameras.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this camera is marvellous based on 21 owner reviews.

Good Quality Lens

Several Nikon D3 owners who bought it mentioned that it had a good autofocus. Richard Howland-Bolton gave it an excellent review score and he wrote on Amazon “It worked perfectly! Focusing it was even easier! Finally I can use all my old 35mm Nikkors”. Nine years ago S. D. Perry mentioned on Amazon “The Nikon grabs the focus immediately” in their review of the Nikon D3. S. D. Perry also said “The camera has incredible autofocus”.

Several Nikon D3 reviewers who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “For that, you can get a D3 body, one of the brand-new Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 N-series lenses and Nikons fabulous 14-24mm N-series wide-angle zoom” and gave the Nikon D3 a score of 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Sixteen people who reviewed the Nikon D3 concluded that it was good quality. J. Collette said on Amazon five years ago “Image quality is magnificent” in their Nikon D3 review. S. D. Perry mentioned on Amazon “The quality is simply outstanding”. Expert website Techworld.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D3 nine years ago “Digital files normally accused of looking ‘flat’ have an attractively 3D film-like quality.” .

Robust

Seven people agreed that the Nikon D3 was well made. Northwest Photo Enthusiast rated the Nikon D3 4 stars and mentioned “The D3 feels solid, substantial” in their review. Paul Huang mentioned “D3 has all-around solid strength”. Kenrockwell.com said “Excellent image quality, build, lowlight performance, speed” in their review of the Nikon D3.

A number of Nikon D3 owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was strong and durable. Nine years ago John wrote on Amazon “The construction and speed is robust and Nikon shooters already know about the excellent ergonomics” in his review of this digital camera. Five years ago Kenrockwell.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Rugged build quality”. Nine years ago Pocket-Lint.com said on Pocket Lint “Full pro specification in terms of rugged build” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers considered that this digital camera was able to produce good images. G. Patrick Byers wrote “Read the quick start section, this camera can take good pictures almost by itself”. G. Patrick Byers also said “I would highly recommend this camera to those that are Pro's or like me a serious want to be Pro who has been taking pictures for almost 50 of my 58 years”. Five years ago J. Collette mentioned in their review on Amazon “It becomes an excellent performer in any photography situation you can imagine”.

A few customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “It offered high-quality results at high speed and offered a huge ISO range (up to 25,600 expanded) which was, at the time”. Photographyblog.com said in their review on PhotographyBlog.com “Offering an incredible ISO range of 100 to 102,400, you really can use the D3S hand-held in the dimmest of lighting conditions, for both still images”. Kenrockwell.com wrote “Exceptional High ISO performance”.

Some people who purchased it thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Techworld.com wrote “Enticing those shooting sport and action photography”. Kenrockwell.com said “Theres exceptional detail and resolution, as well as a superb dynamic range” in their Nikon D3 review. Kenrockwell.com also said “Breathtaking continuous shooting rates”.

A number of Nikon D3 reviewers who reviewed it said that it was good in low light. Mandy P mentioned on Amazon “Fast shutter and fabulous low-light capability with much less grain when you boost the iso” in her review. Photographyblog.com scored this digital camera very highly and said on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon D3S is the best low-light camera ever - period”. Kenrockwell.com said “Canons EOS 450D comes with an image stabilised zoom to aid sharp results in low light” in their Nikon D3 review.

A few Nikon D3 owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Cnet.com rated the product 5 stars and said nine years ago “Nikons flagship dSLR packs a full-frame 12-megapixel sensor and is a highly versatile imaging powerhouse that lets photographers create images previously impossible to capture” in their review. Expert website Kickstartnews.com said in their review “The full frame Nikon FX sensor and the Nikon EXPEED processor are tuned” and scored the product very highly. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com rated it 5 stars and mentioned “The D3s has an all-new FX format full-frame sensor and enhanced specification, rugged”.

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Nice Design

Some people agreed that this digital camera was ergonomic. John wrote on Amazon “Nikon shooters already know about the excellent ergonomics and button layout” in his review of the Nikon D3. Kenrockwell.com said in their review of the Nikon D3 five years ago “Excellent image quality, excellent ergonomics, great design” . Kenrockwell.com also wrote “Ergonomic continuity”.

A number of customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Seven years ago expert review site Letsgodigital.org said “The Nikon D3 was already a beautiful DSLR camera that left very little to be desired”. Expert website Thestar.com.my said “However, these two changes are actually pretty significant and makes an already highly-regarded professional” in their review of the Nikon D3.

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it was well designed. Five years ago Kenrockwell.com said “Well designed, pro-level weather-sealed body” in their review of this digital camera. One customer who purchased the Nikon D3 thought it was smooth. Photographybay.com said “The prints are quite smooth” in their review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Some people who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Pricemo.com said “Excellent image quality, particularly at very high sensitivities, great ergonomics, design and control layout, menu system, comprehensive feature set”. Pricemo.com also said “Inspirational to use”. Expert review site Photographybay.com said seven years ago “Again, this exercise was intended to be a little more practical than pixel peeping” in their review of this digital camera.

Some people reckoned that the Nikon D3 was easy to use the menus. G. Patrick Byers gave it a score of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “I understood many of the control dials and settings and loved the positioning”. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “It offers an impressive range of ISO settings (200-6400, with a boost to 25600”.

Some people agreed that the Nikon D3 was easy to handle. S. D. Perry scored this digital camera 5 stars and said in their review of the Nikon D3 on Amazon “Even a 1D MK III), there is just no comparison! This camera handles like it was designed by a photographer, not a tech”. Kenrockwell.com said “Great build and handles well”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen. S. D. Perry wrote “An incredible screen on the back you can use to check focus accurately (impossible with any current Canon, at least by comparison” in their review of the Nikon D3. Five years ago Kenrockwell.com said “Great Rear Screen”. Photoanswers.co.uk said on Photo Answers.co.uk “A fabulous LCD screen and speedy image-processing, Nikon is all set take on the competition…Clic”.

One Nikon D3 owner who bought it thought it had a good viewfinder. Nine years ago S. D. Perry rated the product 5 stars and wrote “A viewfinder so good you can actually manually focus with it if you like” in their review of the Nikon D3.

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Good Brand

Nikon has good average reviews for its cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Three Nikon D3 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was noisy. Kenrockwell.com wrote five years ago “HighISO shooting is fantastic, with low noise, even at ISO 3200” in their review. Kenrockwell.com also wrote “Better balanced noise reduction than most”. Eisa.eu mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site EISA.eu “The quality of the Nikon D3S high ISO settings is unsurpassed for low noise”.

Two Nikon D3 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was quiet. Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned on expert review site Digicam Buyer.co.uk “Nikon has taken its time, quietly working” in their Nikon D3 review. Pricemo.com wrote “Quiet shutter” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Connectivity

One Nikon D3 owner who reviewed the Nikon D3 considered that it had email functionality. Jim Altengarten wrote on Amazon “Cameta's customer service responded immediately to my e-mail with an offer of a full refund or exchange” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Technical Features

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. S. D. Perry said “You'll understand! It has a TON of incredible features.” in their Nikon D3 review. Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “It has a feature set to make the mouth water too”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “It has the feature set, speed, flexibility” in their Nikon D3 review.

Good Flash

Some people concluded that the Nikon D3 had a good flash.

Good Video Capture

Several Nikon D3 owners mentioned that the Nikon D3 was good for video recording. Expert review site Videomaker.com wrote in their review “Tom Cunningham is a video ent”. Pricemo.com said in their review “We wish the 3s had a better movie mode 5 minutes of filming at 720p isnt earthshattering”.

Just Released Seven Months Ago

This digital camera was only released seven months ago. Newer digital cameras like this one are likely to have more advanced features.

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Poor Support

One person wrote in their reviews that the product did not have good technical guidance. Seven years ago Pricemo.com wrote “Of equal concern is the lack of manual control”.

Not Good in Terms of Size

A number of Nikon D3 owners who bought the product reckoned that it was not heavy and bulky. Nine years ago G. Patrick Byers mentioned in his review of the Nikon D3 on Amazon “The D3 is a solid built, on the heavy side, intuitive camera” but even so he gave it a very good review. G. Patrick Byers also wrote “I prefer the heavy feel, I disliked the light plastic, cheap feel of so many of the cheaper SLR's”. Michael L. Taylor wrote on Amazon “I should have known that a camera listed as acceptable would have seen heavy use”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D3 does not have an image stabilizer, although this is within the context that most of the other new cameras also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3 do not support wi-Fi. The Nikon D3 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D3 is not waterproof. Most of the other recently released cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3, the Nikon D3 does not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

The Nikon D3 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most similar spec cameras that were released in the last 12 months do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon D3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon D3 does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other new comparable spec cameras also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon D3 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that were released in the last 12 months also do not have a built-in flash.

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19 Awards

CNET.com.au Editor's Choice 01net.com 5 Star letsgodigital.org/nl/ Excellent digitalfotoforalla.se Recommended CNET.com Editor's Choice digitalfoto.dk Recommended Pocket Lint Hot Product ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Essential best4reviews.com Editor's Choice DP Review Highly Recommended Ephotozine Editor's Choice stuff.tv Hot Buy tipa.com Technical Image Press Association Award What Digital Camera Gold theregister.co.uk Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice EISA.eu EISA Best Product

Expert Reviews

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26 May 2014

Even if a video recording capability doesn't have any appeal, there are still quite a few sound reasons for D3 (or D700) owners to consider upgrading to the D3S, starting with the built-in sensor...

6 April 2012

Let's compare the technical performance of the Nikon D4, D800, (same sensor and performance as the ), and...

As it should do, image quality tops the list of the 3s good points
Theres exceptional detail and resolution, as well as a superb dynamic range
The camera is incredibly fast, with instant power-up and very little shutter lag
The combinati
Great for action shots
The Nikon 3 requires a significant investment, its 2 772.11 price tag highlighting that this is for serious users
That aside, theres not much even a pro could fault this camera on
No builtin flash
12.1megapixel sensor
Sensor not selfcleaning
1 January 2011

EISA.eu

The Nikon D3S is so sensitive it can focus and shoot in conditions in which even the human eye cannot see. Although high ISO settings are a feature of most modern DSLR bodies, the quality of the... Read more…

31 October 2010

As far as track and field goes, I feel like I could take either camera out on a given day and capture just as many keepers with one as I could the other. Unlike basketball coverage, the 1D Mark...

21 June 2010

Nikon's D3S didn't exactly emerge out of nowhere, but the DSLR's boosted ISO ceiling of over 100,000 (102,400, if we're being precise) has certainly shaken up the industry. Nikon claims that it's... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 1 August 2016 by Grace Irving
(Verified Purchase)

Awesome...

Reviewed 26 June 2016 by Mandy P
(Verified Purchase)

Love this camera. Fast shutter and fabulous low-light capability with much less grain when you boost the iso. I now own 2 D3 bodies because I heart them so much.

(Verified Purchase)

It came in great condition. I am very happy with it and will definitely shop with keh camera again...

(Verified Purchase)

As advertised there were some cosmetic blemishes and small things that I expected and can live with but for the price the camera so far has been all I could ask for. Thanks Amazon !

Reviewed 19 March 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

The camera is great and so was the seller! They answered my emails ASAP and was greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon nikon, nikon vba270, nikon vba190, nikon vba270a, nikon vba190a, nikon sh430419, nikon vba330ae, nikon vba270ae, nikon vba190ae, nikon sh820688
Barcodes 00000001611546, 00000001613751, 00000001615247, 00000001616779, 00018208254347, 00018208885701, 04960759131645

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