Nikon D3x Vs. Canon Eos 1ds Mark Iii

Night Scene Canon1DsIII ISO100 NRon

We like Nikon’s variations in controls. Our recommendation is simple: If you already have a Canon, buy the Canon 1Ds Mark III. If you have a Nikon, buy the Nikon D3X.
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Nikon goes big with 24.5 megapixel D3X

Nikon D3X

But an integrated vertical grip makes portrait shooting more comfortable, and plenty of buttons let you change settings without having to dig into the menus. And if you’re already familiar with pro Nikon bodies, you’ll feel right at home with the D3X. A dial to the left of the prism controls the drive mode, while three buttons above the dial let you control flash, bracketing, and shutter/aperture lock.
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Camera Test: Nikon D3X

For a camera in this class, screen and viewfinder specs are expected to be top notch. The D3X doesn’t disappoint, with the same 3.0 inch/920,000 dot LCD that supplied information on the D3, and the same large optical viewfinder with 100 percent coverage and 0.7x magnification. True to its studio-friendly form, the D3X also includes both an advanced live view mode and an HDMI output for quick and direct on-screen image review. Of course, the D3X’s hot shoe and flash control system are compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System, and the camera’s Active D-Lighting system provides the same options for managing wide dynamic range scenes employed in other recent full-frame Nikon cameras, plus a new “Extra High” setting. Pricing and Availability Building a camera to rival dedicated studio bodies in its performance while providing the flexibility of a DSLR at the same time is invariably a costly endeavor, and working photographers (and very committed hobbyists) will likely find the D3X’s $7,999.95 suggested price tag in line with expectations (and significantly cheaper than a medium-format system besides).
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