Nikon D3x

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Nikon’s flag­ship D-SL R from a few years ago can be a smart sec­ond hand buy

Re­leased: 2009 Pr ice new: £2100/$3000 Pr ice used: From £1000/$1950

With its bat­tle­ship build qual­ity, the D3x in­cludes ev­ery­thing that made the ear­lier D3 a world­wide suc­cess. The over­sized body con­structed from sturdy mag­ne­sium al­loy plays host to the same er­gonomics for nat­u­ral ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal han­dling. Tech­ni­cal high­lights in­clude EX­PEED im­age pro­cess­ing, 51-point aut­o­fo­cus, a high-res 920k LCD screen and a 24.5Mp sen­sor. That’s pretty re­spectable, even by the lat­est stan­dards.

There’s no ca­pa­bil­ity for shoot­ing video and there’s a down­side to the high megapixel count in a rel­a­tively old cam­era, in that the stan­dard sen­si­tiv­ity range tops out at just ISO1600. This can be pushed to ISO6400 in ex­panded mode, but then im­age noise be­comes a real prob­lem. Where you can stick to fairly low ISO set­tings, the D3x de­liv­ers pleas­ing im­age qual­ity in a well-built pack­age with fab­u­lous han­dling. Just watch out for bod­ies that have been bat­tered by years of heavy pro use.

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