It looks like it's another "official" leak by Nikon.
Regardless of whether some of us need it or not I'm glad that Nikon will release a FF high megapixel for people who do need it. It's nice to have options because a lot of commercial photography require high megapixels even if it's not always needed.
It's nice that Nikon doesn't forget about those photographer's needs which is also an area that was dominated by Canon without any challenge until apparently now.
edited to add: It looks like just the images were leaked and not the specs so I guess we'll see what we'll get when it's officially announced...I made my comments based on rumors of the D3X's specs.
I agree. I hope it's not the Sony sensor. The back.jpg shows an ISO setting of 200. I am not hopeful that a native ISO 100 is available other than a low 1 setting. I'm also wondering if it will maintain the 14bit / color, or will it be the Sony 12bit.
Oh, man - I don't want that 24MP sony sensor in it! I sure hope they didn't do that - I'd keep my D3! If they did their own or have a Kodak sensor, now we're talking. I just hope that the ISOs look closer to the D3 than the D300 (not that the D300 is horrible, but that D3...)
I wonder why everyone's so worked up about the Sony sensor. So much of what we actually see is processed by the pipeline that I'm not even sure that we'd know if it were the same sensor. Granted that if it's got sufficiently distinct characteristics we could probably tell, but it seems that we ought to reserve judgment until we see the whole system as delivered.
And I seriously do not believe it's going to be called a D3x, not after the D3 was called the D3 and not the D3h.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
My gallery is online. Comments and critique welcomed any time!
>I'm curious to see what this will do the used prices for >D3's...
Not much, would be my guess. Until there is a new body that has anything like the high-ISO performance of the D3, the upper end of the used D3 market will be determined more by the selling price of new D3 bodies.
Some people are treating the D3X like the replacement for the D3. The segment of the market that has been most enthusiastic about the D3 -- press and action shooters -- won't be that interested in the D3X. It has way more resolution than is needed for that application, has poorer high-ISO performance and is slower.
In short, despite the many similarities (including the model name), I see the D3 and D3X as appealing to different audiences. I certainly have no intention of swapping my D3 for a D3X, and if the D3X had been available when I got the D3, I still would have opted for the D3.
The D3X looks like a great landscape camera. The D3 is a great action camera.
Agree 100%. I plan on getting a D3x for landscapes and maybe some wildlife, but I'll be keeping the D3 for when I need speed and higher ISOs.
That said, I suppose the jury is still out on how good this new camera will be at say 800 or 1600. If it's close to the D3, you may see a few more D3s getting dumped in favor of this camera. I have a feeling it's going to be at least a stop less (i.e. D3x 800 will look like D3 1600).
>I have a feeling it's going to be at least a stop less >(i.e. D3x 800 will look like D3 1600).
My guess (and that's all it is) is that it'll be around 1 to 2 stops less good than the D3. Purely on pixel density, the D3X should at least match the noise performance of the D300, which puts it maybe 1 stop behind the D3. But the D3X has a lower native ISO compared to either D3 or D300, which moves the goalposts a bit.