WDC takes a first look at the new Nikon D3x professional DSLR camera, announced on 1st December 2008. For years, if you wanted a full-frame DSLR your only choice was Canon, whose latest flagship is the 21MP EOS 1Ds Mk III. So when Nikon finally revealed its first full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D3, little over a year ago, eyebrows were raised at its 12MP sensor. But it soon became apparent that by limiting the pixel count the Nikon D3 achieved unprecedented levels of noise control, and the ability to shoot, for the first time, at an extraordinary ISO 25,600. The superb image quality led some to question the need to ever cram more than 12MPs on a sensor.
The D3x is identical in almost every way to the D3 except for the sensor, and for two consequences of those extra pixels: the Nikon D3X has a more restricted ISO range and the Nikon D3X slower burst speed.