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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nikon D700X vs Nikon D3X... A Look At The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each

Here's what the specs of the Nikon D700X will likely be as compared to what the Nikon D3X specs are.

For me, the D700X holds a number of advantages over the D3X, in the same manner that the Nikon D700 held advantages over the Nikon D3.

I've highlighted what I consider the advantages to be in green and the disadvantages in red.

For others, the green and red might be reversed. Some prefer the larger, heavier Nikon D3X and Nikon D3 style bodies over the lighter, smaller Nikon D700X and Nikon D700 bodies.


Nikon D700X

Price: $4599.99 MSRP (my best guess)

Size: Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm) x Height 6.2 in. (157mm) x Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)

Weight: 43.0 oz. (1,220g)

Sensor Format: FX

Sensor Type: CMOS

Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm

Total Pixels: 25.72 million

Effective Pixels: 24.5 million

Shooting Speed: 5 frames per second

Sensor Cleaning: Yes (presumably, as they'd be stupid not to introduce it now with the D700X)

Video: HD Movie Mode (again, Nikon would be stupid not to include this on the D700X)

Built-In Flash: Yes

Battery: EN-EL3e


Nikon D3X

Price: $7999.99 MSRP

Size: Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm) x Height 6.2 in. (157mm) x Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)

Weight: 43.0 oz. (1,220g)

Sensor Format: FX

Sensor Type: CMOS

Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm

Total Pixels: 25.72 million

Effective Pixels: 24.5 million

Shooting Speed: 5 frames per second

Sensor Cleaning: No

Video: No

Built-In Flash: No

Battery: EN-EL4a / EN-EL4

Other Art of the Image posts on the D700X

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

At $4599.99, D700x will likely share the same fate with D3x, and more Nikonians will migrate to other brands having lost the last hope for an affordable hi-res FX. The reasonable price is $3500 or even less due to the pressure from Canon 5DII. D3x price is the result of flagship pricing strategy, but unlikely dictated by manufacturing costs.

Matt Ballard said...

I usually don't bother with comments left by people who post anonymously, but...

What D3X fate are you talking about?

To be the best DSLR on the planet like the D3X?

To be the DSLR that everyone wishes they owned like the D3X?

There really isn't any pressure coming from the 5D MkII. A lot of Canon shooters are switching to Nikon because the D700 is a better camera.

Canon's autofocus and quality control problems left a lot of Canon shooters just waiting for a camera like the D700 to come along, and the Nikon D700X will only prompt more Canon shooters to come over to Nikon.

You don't have to worry about what the competition is pricing their DSLRs at when you build camera that have no competition like the D3, D3X, D700, and soon to be D700X.

Look at GM and Chrysler. They learned that lesson the hard way. Do you think Toyota and Honda really care what GM and Chrysler price their vehicles at?

Matt said...

I do think that the D3x is way over priced, and do think that Toyota care what Gm charge. Its naive to think that companies can charge anything they want, because their product (for now) is ahead of the pack.

Of course this is all conjecture - like the bold and certain claims that the D700x / D800 was going to be out months ago.