Examples are minimally processed except as noted so as to allow the native performance of the camera to be seen. Sharpening is low to moderate to avoid destroying subtleties; every example here can be made to “pop” with additional sharpening. Noise reduction was OFF in all cases, unless explicitly noted.
Worth noting is that the D3x images don’t seem to compress very well, meaning that their information content is very high eg very detailed. The JPEGs here are compromises between reasonable size and quality. The actual pixels crops have been kept to higher quality (JPEG 70 of 100 or higher in most cases).
Click on images to see a larger size and actual-pixels crops.
D3x and optics
An immediate impression of the D3x is that its sensor is so demanding that every optical shortcoming is revealed. The Nikon 14-24/2.8 zoom, which has no optical peers, has its limitations mercilessly exposed by the D3x. Color fringing, though exceptionally well controlled by comparison with other wide angle zooms, is obvious anywhere off-center. For these examples I’ve used the Capture NX 2 Auto Color Aberration feature, as this review is about showing the potential of the D3x.
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D3x + Zeiss ZF 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ f/5.6, 1/50 sec @ ISO 80