NIKON D3 Set­ting the stan­dard

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On 23 Au­gust 2007, Nikon an­nounced the D3, its first full-frame dig­i­tal cam­era. The world knew what to ex­pect in terms of build qual­ity – it was a flag­ship Nikon full-frame SLR after all – but no one was re­ally pre­pared for the step-change its 12.1Mp FX-for­mat CMOS sen­sor was about to bring to high-ISO pho­tog­ra­phy. Up to this point, push­ing the sen­si­tiv­ity be­yond ISO1600 was, well, push­ing it in terms of qual­ity. But the D3 could take ISO3200 and ISO6400 in its stride. It could pro­duce colour­ful and sur­pris­ingly clean im­ages in light so low that you could barely see any­thing with your eyes. It could, if you re­ally needed it, be cranked up to the equiv­a­lent of ISO25,600. Some might say (and whis­per it) that the D3 is the best SLR Nikon has ever pro­duced, such was its im­pact when it was re­leased.

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