Digital SLR
Comparison guide
winter 2008
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Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
The Power of Digital Photography Defined
The sheer power, speed, control, and versatility to match the creative demands
of the world’s award-winning professional photographers. The ease of use that
allows beginners to faithfully preserve unforgettable family moments. Whatever
your priorities, Nikon digital SLRs offer the innovative technology, precision
engineering, and reliably superior performance to produce breathtaking images
that make you proud.
Nikon offers a comprehensive and exciting lineup of next-generation digital SLR
cameras whose exclusive technologies deliver extraordinary image quality. Our
new flagship D3, featuring an FX-format imaging sensor and other innovations,
redefines the power and versatility of digital photography for professionals. The
new D300, our most advanced DX-format digital SLR, will inspire enthusiasts and
professionals alike with its agility, speed, and spectacular imaging performance,
and the D200 offers demanding photographers the quality and performance they
expect. The innovative D60 captures great pictures and the fun of photography
for everyone, and the D40 and D40 X enable anyone to catch incredible moments.
Every model offers the distinct advantage of compatibility with legendary
autofocus NIKKOR lenses. All the featured Nikon digital SLRs allow you to take
advantage of Nikons cutting-edge SB-800, SB-600 and SB-400 Speedlights with
i-TTL flash-control technology. In addition, all are fully compatible with one of
the amazing Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems.
Whatever Nikon digital SLR you choose, you will possess the power and performance you need to create outstanding images that reflect your unique vision.
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© Blaine Harrington
FPO
D3
extraordinary speed ...
uncompromised versatility
D300
exceptional agility...
inspired performance
D200
faster. smarter.
stronger.
Redefining professional digital photography,
the groundbreaking Nikon D3 digital SLR delivers
both extraordinary speed and ultra-high resolution
— at up to 9 fps, with exceptional low-noise
performance at up to 6400 ISO. The Nikon-original
12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS
sensor, teamed with exclusive Nikon EXPEED digital
image processing concept, faithfully captures
incredible edge-to-edge sharpness, rich color depth,
and broad tonal range for astonishing images and
unparalleled pro versatility.
Agility, speed, and spectacular imaging
performance converge in the Nikon D300 to
create an amazingly versatile digital SLR that
is ready to capture your vision —at up to 6 fps
(8 fps with the optional MB-D10 grip). With a
high-resolution, 12.3-megapixel DX-format image
sensor and many advanced features from the
flagship D3 D-SLR, including the EXPEED digital
image processing concept, the D300 takes the
DX-format to a new level.
Faster when it counts, more rugged where it
matters, and more intelligent where it’s essential,
the Nikon D200 digital SLR assures breathtaking
performance and image quality that will gratify
demanding photographers. Featuring a
10.2-megapixel DX-format CCD image sensor
and 11-area AF system, the D200 performs to an
exclusive standard achievable only with Nikon.
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D80
expert design...
use with passion
The versatile Nikon D80 digital SLR expands the
capabilities of aspiring photographers with its
new 10.2-megapixel DX-format CCD image sensor
and high-resolution image-processing engine,
which features technology developed for our
professional cameras. The improved 11-area
AF system, 2.5-inch wide-angle LCD monitor,
In-Camera Editing, and other advanced features
deliver exciting, responsive performance-and
an easy way to create exceptional images.
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D60
Incredible pictures...
Incredible Possibilities...
Incredibly Easy!
The D60 digital SLR delivers all the power and
versatility of the DX-format, with a 10.2-megapixel
image sensor, Nikon’s original EXPEED image
processing concept, an innovative dust reduction
system, and much more. Just as impressive, though,
is all the fun it delivers, with In-Camera Editing,
on-board help, a compact body, and when you need
it, fully automatic operation, for stunning pictures
without complications. With the D60, you get
both great pictures and loads of picture-taking fun.
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D40 D40X
Incredible pictures...
Even Easier
Nikon’s smallest digital SLRs ever, the D40
and D40X pack high performance, advanced
features, and exceptional ease-of-use in compact,
beautifully styled bodies ready to go everywhere.
With their DX-format CCD imaging sensors —
10.2-megapixels in the D40X, 6.1-megapixels in
the D40—advanced 3D Color Matrix Metering II,
the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18–55mm f/ 3.5–5.6G
ED II lens (supplied with the D40), quick startup,
and the many automatic features, you’ll capture
more great pictures with a lot less work.
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Nikkor lenses
The Defining Strength of the Nikon System
Among the many good reasons for purchasing a Nikon digital SLR
camera, the best, for most photographers, is NIKKOR lenses. With
our passionate commitment to lens manufacturing, from the design
through to production of our own glass, NIKKOR lenses continue to
deliver innovative optical technology, superior mechanical operation
and unsurpassed imaging performance.
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm
f/2.8G ED
Fast, ultra wide-angle AF-S zoom
2 ED-(Extra-low Dispersion)
Glass Elements
Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat
18mm
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
17-55mm f/ 2.8G IF-ED
Fast 3.2x wide-angle zoom
ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
AF-S Silent Wave Motor
Nikon offers an extensive line of Nikkor lenses,
including more than 45 autofocus lenses, enabling photographers to meet
virtually any photographic challenge. For more information on NIKKOR
lenses visit, www.nikonusa.com
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GIF-ED
Versatile, 7.5x Zoom
Compact, AF-S Silent Wave Motor
ED-(Extra - low Dispersion) Glass
24mm
35mm
AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
High performance 11x Zoom
ED-(Extra - low Dispersion) Glass
VR II (Vibration Reduction)
55mm
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm
f/2.8G ED
Fast 2.9x AF-S wide to Tele Zoom
2-ED (Extra-low Dispersion)
Glass Elements
Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat
85mm
Nikon Speedlights
Where Innovation Sparks Imagination
The Nikon Creative Lighting System offers a comprehensive selection of
revolutionary lighting tools to match virtually any need. Featuring the world’s
most intelligent and versatile flash units, the system offers unprecedented
levels of accuracy, automation, integration and control.
The Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System
is offered in two configurations, R1 and R1C1, to match your specific
needs. Complete and ready to go right out of the box, both configurations
feature two SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights, as well as a completely
integrated array of system accessories, including the SX-1 Attachment
Ring (for mounting SB-R200s on the lens), color filter sets, freestanding
light stands, and more.
SB-800 Speedlight
SB-600 Speedlight
SB-400 Speedlight
SB-R200 Speedlight
Nikon’s most powerful flagship
Speedlight; full-featured for
Nikon high performance digital
SLRs, and anyone looking to build
a compact lighting system along
with other SB-800, SB-600 and
SB-R200 Speedlights. It works as
a powerful stand alone Speedlight
and as a remote or master unit
to command other wireless remote
Speedlights.
Offering add-on power and
coverage, the SB-600 is an
ideal blend of performance,
versatility and value. It also
serves as an additional wireless
Speedlight for multiple flash
setups.
Compact, lightweight, and
economical, the SB-400
Speedlight combines Nikon’s
i-TTL intelligent flash capabilities
with the utmost in simplicity.
When added flash range and
bounce versatility are all that’s
needed, the SB-400 is the
perfect solution.
Built for Nikon’s Wireless
Close-Up Speedlight System,
this unit is also perfect as an
additional wireless Speedlight.
Recommended for use with
the D3 and D2Xs with SU-800
Wireless Commander or D300,
D200 and D80 with a built-in
commander mode.
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AF-S vR DX Zoom-Nikkor
55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
Ultra-compact 3.6x Zoom
VR (Vibration Reduction)
AF-S Silent Wave Motor
105mm
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Fast 2.8x Tele Zoom
AF-S Silent Wave Motor
VR (Vibration Reduction)
135mm
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
4.3x Tele Zoom
ED-(Extra - low Dispersion) Glass
VR II (Vibration Reduction)
AF-S DX NIKKOR
16-85mm f/3.5-5.6g ED VR
Compact 5.3x Zoom
2 ED-(Extra-low Dispersion)
Glass Elements
VR II (Vibration Reduction)
200mm
AF-S Micro NIKKOR
60mm f/2.8G IF-ED
AF-S Macro Lens with Silent Wave Motor
ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat
300mm
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R1C1 Outfit
(D3, D60, D40 and D40X)
R1 Outfit
(D300, D200 and D80)
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Digital SLR Comparison chart
D3
D300
D200
D80
D60
D40x
D40
Lens mount
Nikon F Bayonet
Nikon F Bayonet
Nikon F Bayonet
Nikon F Bayonet
Nikon F Bayonet
Nikon F Bayonet
Nikon F Bayonet
Effective Pixels
12.1 million pixels
12.3 million pixels
10.2 million pixels
10.2 million pixels
10.2 million pixels
10.2 million pixels
6.1 million pixels
Image Sensor
FX Format CMOS sensor,
23.9 x 36mm
DX Format CMOS sensor,
23.6 x 15.8mm
DX Format RGB CCD
23.6 x 15.8mm
DX Format RGB CCD
23.6 x 15.8mm
DX Format RGB CCD
23.6×15.8mm
DX Format RGB CCD
23.6×15.8mm
DX Format RGB CCD
23.7 x 15.6mm
DX Format
4,288 x 2,848 [L]
3,216 x 2,136 [M]
2,144 x 1,424 [S]
DX Format
3,872 x 2,592 [L]
2,896 x 1,944 [M]
1,936 x 1,296 [S]
DX Format
3,872 x 2,592 [L]
2,896 x 1,944 [M]
1,936 x 1,296 [S]
DX Format
3,872 x 2,592 [L]
2,896 x 1,944 [M]
1,936 x 1,296 [S]
DX Format
3,872 x 2,592 [L]
2,896 x 1,944 [M]
1,936 x 1,296 [S]
wvz3,008 x 2,000 [L]
2,256 x 1,496 [M]
1,504 x 1,000 [S]
200 to 6,400 (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1/3
EV, LO-0.3, LO-0.7 LO-1.0,
HI-0.3, HI-0.7, HI-1.0
and HI-2
200 to 3,200 (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1/3
EV, LO-0.3, LO-0.7 LO-1.0,
HI-0.3, HI-0.7, HI-1.0
and HI-2
100 to 1,600 (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1/3
EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7
and HI-1
100 to 1,600 (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1/3
EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7
and HI-1
100 to 1,600, (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1
EV, plus Hi-1 setting (3200
equivalent)
100 to 1,600, (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1
EV, plus Hi-1 setting (3200
equivalent)
200 to 1,600, (ISO
equivalent) in steps of 1
EV, plus Hi-1 setting (3200
equivalent)
Dual CF memory cards
CF memory card
CF memory card
SD memory card
SD memory card
(SD-HC compatible)
SD memory card
(SD-HC compatible)
SD memory card
(SD-HC compatible)
FX Format
4,256 x 2,832 [L]
3,184 x 2,120 [M]
2,128 x 1,416 [S]
Image Size (pixels)
DX Format
2,784 x 1,848 [L]
2,080 x 1,384 [M]
1,392 x 920 [S]
5:4 Format
3,552 x 2,832 [L]
2,656 x 2,120 [M]
1,776 x 1,416 [S]
ISO Sensitivity Range
Storage Media
Dust Sensor Cleaning Unit
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
File types
1)JPEG-3 levels fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8) Basic (1:16)
2)NEF (RAW) 12 or 14 bit
selectable
3)NEF (RAW);Lossless
compressed, Compressed,
Uncompressed
4)Uncompressed TIFF
1) JPEG-3 levels fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8) Basic (1:16)
2) NEF (RAW) 12 or 14 bit
selectable
3) NEF (RAW); Lossless
compressed, Compressed,
Uncompressed
4) Uncompressed TIFF
1) JPEG-3 levels fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8) Basic (1:16)
2) NEF (RAW); Lossless
compressed, Compressed,
Uncompressed
3) Uncompressed TIFF
1) JPEG-3 levels
Fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8)
Basic (1:16)
2) NEF (RAW)
1) JPEG-3 levels
Fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8)
Basic (1:16)
2) NEF (RAW)
1) JPEG-3 levels
Fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8)
Basic (1:16)
2) NEF (RAW)
1) JPEG-3 levels
Fine (1:4)
Normal (1:8)
Basic (1:16)
2) NEF (RAW)
1) Auto (hybrid with 1,005pixel RGB Sensor, CMOS
image sensor and Scene
Recognition System)
2) 7 Preset steps with
fine tuning
3) Color temperature
setting (Kelvin)
4) 2-9 exposure white
balance bracketing
1) Auto (hybrid with 1,005pixel RGB Sensor, CMOS
image sensor and Scene
Recognition System)
2) 7 Preset steps with
fine tuning
3) Color temperature
setting (Kelvin)
4) 2-9 exposure white
balance bracketing
1) Auto (TTL white
balance with 1005-pixel
RGB sensor)
2) Six (6) manual modes
with fine-tuning, color
temperature setting
(Kelvin)
3) Preset white balance
4) White balance
bracketing
1) Auto (TTL white
balance with 420-pixel
RGB sensor)
2) Six (6) manual modes
with fine-tuning, color
temperature setting
(Kelvin)
3) Preset white balance
4) White balance
bracketing
1) Auto (TTL white
balance with 420-pixel
RGB sensor)
2) Six (6) manual modes
with fine-tuning, color
temperature setting
(Kelvin),
3) Preset white balance
4) White balance
bracketing
1) Auto (TTL white
balance with 420-pixel
RGB sensor)
2) Six (6) manual modes
with fine-tuning, color
temperature setting
(Kelvin)
3) Preset white balance
1) Auto (TTL white
balance with 420-pixel
RGB sensor)
2) Six (6) manual modes
with fine-tuning, color
temperature setting
(Kelvin)
3) Preset white balance
3.0-in, 920,000-dot, VGA,
low temperature
polysilicon TFT LCD with
brightness adjustment
allows up to 170-degree
wide-angle viewing
3.0-in, 920,000-dot, lowtemperature polysilicon
TFT LCD with brightness
adjustment allows up to
170-degree wide-angle
viewing
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, lowtemperature polysilicon
TFT LCD with brightness
adjustment allows up to
170-degree wide-angle
viewing
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, lowtemperature polysilicon
TFT LCD with brightness
adjustment allows up to
170-degree wide-angle
viewing
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, lowtemperature polysilicon
TFT LCD with brightness
adjustment allows up
to 170-degree wide-angle
viewing
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, lowtemperature polysilicon
TFT LCD with brightness
adjustment allows up
to 170-degree wide-angle
viewing
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, lowtemperature polysilicon
TFT LCD with brightness
adjustment allows up
to 170-degree wide-angle
viewing
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow
5) RGB histogram
indication,
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow
5) RGB histogram
indication
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow
5) RGB histogram
indication
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
8) Auto image rotation
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow (Standard
or Pictmotion)
5) RGB histogram
indication
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
8) Auto image rotation
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow
5) RGB histogram
indication
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
8) Auto image rotation
9) Retouch history
10) Stop-Motion Movie
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow
5) RGB histogram
indication
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
8) Auto image rotation
9) Retouch history
1) Full frame
2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments)
3) Zoom
4) Slideshow
5) RGB histogram
indication
6) Shooting data
7) Highlight point display
8) Auto image rotation
9) Retouch history
1) Hand Held: TTL Phase
Difference AF w/ 51 AF
focus areas
2) Tripod: focal-plane
contrast AF on a desired
point within a specific
area
3) Remote using PC and
optional Camera Control
Pro 2 software
1) Hand Held: TTL Phase
Difference AF w/ 51 AF
focus areas
2) Tripod: focal-plane
contrast AF on a desired
point within a specific
area
3) Remote using PC and
optional Camera Control
Pro 2 software
No
No
No
No
No
White Balance
LCD Monitor
Playback Function
LiveView Modes
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Interface/
Connectivity
Text Input
Compatible
Lenses
Viewfinder
Type
Viewfinder Frame
Coverage and
Magnification
Viewfinder Accessories
(optional)
D3
D300
D200
D80
D60
D40X
D40
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
(Mini-B connector) HDMI
Output: supports HDMI
version 1.3a, type A
connector, Dual CF Card
slots, Type II: supports
UDMA, supports firmware
updates via CF cards
USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
(Mini-B connector); HDMI
Output: supports HDMI
version 1.3a, type A
connector, CF card slot:
supports UDMA, supports
firmware updates via
CF cards
USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (MiniB connector); CF card
slot: supports firmware
updates via CF cards
USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (MiniB connector); SD card
slot: supports firmware
updates via SD cards
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (MiniB connector) SD card
slot: supports firmware
updates via SD cards
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (MiniB connector) SD card
slot: supports firmware
updates via SD cards
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (MiniB connector) SD card
slot: supports firmware
updates via SD cards
Up to 36 characters of
alphanumeric text input is
available with LCD
monitorand multi-selector;
stored in Exif header
Up to 36 characters of
alphanumeric text input
available with LCD
monitor and multiselector; stored in Exif
header
Up to 36 characters
of alphanumeric text
input available with
LCD monitor and multiselector; stored in Exif
header
Up to 36 characters
of alphanumeric text
input available with
LCD monitor and multiselector; stored in Exif
header
Up to 36 characters
of alphanumeric text
input available with
LCD monitor and multiselector: stored in Exif
header
Up to 36 characters
of alphanumeric text
input available with
LCD monitor and multiselector; stored in Exif
header
Up to 36 characters
of alphanumeric text
input available with
LCD monitor and multiselector; stored in Exif
header
All functions possible
with all AF NIKKOR lenses
(including; AF-I, AF-S,
DX, VR and D-/G-type).
Many functions possible
with other NIKKOR
lenses. Refer to individual
product brochure and/or
product instruction
manual for complete
details. Non-AI lenses, IX
NIKKOR lenses and AF
NIKKOR lenses for F3AF
cannot be used.
All functions possible
with all AF NIKKOR lenses
(including; AF-I, AF-S,
DX, VR and D-/G-type).
Many functions possible
with other NIKKOR
lenses. Refer to individual
product brochure and/or
product instruction
manual for complete
details. Non-AI lenses, IX
NIKKOR lenses and AF
NIKKOR lenses for F3AF
cannot be used.
All functions possible
with all AF NIKKOR
lenses (including AF-S,
DX, VR and D-/G-type).
Many functions possible
with other NIKKOR
lenses. Refer to individual
product brochure and/or
product instruction
manual for complete
details. IX NIKKOR lenses
cannot be used. Non-AI
lenses, IX NIKKOR lenses
and AF NIKKOR lenses for
F3AF cannot be used.
All functions possible
with all AF NIKKOR lenses
(including AF-S, DX, VR
and D-/G-type). Many
functions possible with
other NIKKOR lenses.
Refer to individual
product brochure and/or
product instruction
manual for complete
details. IX NIKKOR lenses
cannot be used.Non-AI
lenses, IX NIKKOR lenses
and AF NIKKOR lenses for
F3AF cannot be used.
All functions possible with
all AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR
lenses. All functions
except AF with all other
G or D type AF-NIKKOR
lenses. Many functions
possible with other
NIKKOR lenses. Refer
to individual product
brochure and/or product
instruction manual for
complete details. IX
NIKKOR lenses cannot be
used. Non-AI lenses, IX
NIKKOR lenses and AF
NIKKOR lenses for F3AF
cannot be used
All functions possible with
all AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR
lenses. All functions
except AF with all other
G or D type AF-NIKKOR
lenses. Many functions
possible with other
NIKKOR lenses. Refer
to individual product
brochure and/or product
instruction manual for
complete details. IX
NIKKOR lenses cannot be
used. Non-AI lenses, IX
NIKKOR lenses and AF
NIKKOR lenses for F3AF
cannot be used.
All functions possible with
all AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR
lenses. All functions
except AF with all other
G or D type AF-NIKKOR
lenses. Many functions
possible with other
NIKKOR lenses. Refer
to individual product
brochure and/or product
instruction manual for
complete details. IX
NIKKOR lenses cannot be
used. Non-AI lenses, IX
NIKKOR lenses and AF
NIKKOR lenses for F3AF
cannot be used.
SLR optical-type fixed eyelevel pentaprism; built-in
diopter adjustment (-3 to
+1m-1), Eyepiece shutter
provided
SLR optical-type fixed eyelevel pentaprism; built-in
diopter adjustment
(-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
Optical-type fixed eyelevel pentaprism; built-in
diopter adjustment
(-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
Optical-type fixed eyelevel pentaprism; built-in
diopter adjustment
(-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
Fixed eye-level pentaDach-mirror type; built-in
diopter adjustment
(-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
Fixed eye-level pentaDach-mirror type; built-in
diopter adjustment
(-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
Fixed eye-level pentaDach-mirror type; built-in
diopter adjustment
(-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
Approx. 100%
Approx. 0.74x with 50mm
lens set to infinity; -1.0m-1
Approx. 100%
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm
lens set to infinity; -1.0m-1
Approx. 95%
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm
lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
Approx. 95%
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm
lens at infinity; -1.0m
Approx. 95%
Approx. 0.80x with 50mm
lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
Approx. 95%
Approx. 0.80x with 50mm
lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
Approx. 95%
Approx. 0.80x with 50mm
lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
1) DG-2 Eyepiece
Magnifier
2) DK-14/17A Anti-Fog
Eyepiece
3) DK-19 Rubber Eye Cup
4) DK-17M Magnifying
Eyepiece
5) DR-5 Right Angle
Viewing Attachment
6) DK-18 Eyepiece
Adapter
7) DK17c series Eyepiece
Correction Lenses
1) DR-6 Angle Finder
2) Eyepiece correction
lenses (-5 to +3m-1)
3) DK-21M Eyepiece
Magnifier
1) DR-6 Angle Finder
2) Eyepiece correction
lenses (-5 to +3m-1)
3) DK-21M Eyepiece
Magnifier
1) DR-6 Angle Finder
2) Eyepiece correction
lenses (-5 to +3m-1)
3) DK-21M Eyepiece
Magnifier
1) DR-6 Angle Finder
2) Eyepiece correction
lenses (-5 to +3m-1)
3) DG-2 Eyepiece
Magnifier
1) DR-6 Angle Finder.
2) Eyepiece correction
lenses (-5 to +3m-1)
3) DG-2 Eyepiece
Magnifier
1) DR-6 Angle Finder.
2) Eyepiece correction
lenses (-5 to +3m-1)
3) DG-2 Eyepiece
Magnifier
Type B BriteView Clear
Matte Screen VI
Type-B BriteView Clear
Matte Screen Mark II with
Superimposed focus
brackets and On-Demand
grid lines
Type-B BriteView Clear
Matte screen Mark II
with superimposed focus
brackets and On-Demand
grid lines
Type-B BriteView Clear
Matte screen Mark II
with superimposed focus
brackets and On-Demand
grid lines
Type-B BriteView Clear
Matte screen Mark V
with superimposed focus
brackets
Type-B BriteView Clear
Matte screen Mark V
with superimposed focus
brackets
Type-B BriteView Clear
Matte screen Mark V
with superimposed focus
brackets
Type-E with grid
No
No
No
No
No
No
TTL phase detection,
Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX
autofocus module
TTL phase detection,
Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX
autofocus module
TTL phase detection by
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000
autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator
TTL phase detection by
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000
autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator
TTL phase detection by
Nikon Multi-CAM 530
autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator
TTL phase detection by
Nikon Multi-CAM 530
autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator
TTL phase detection by
Nikon Multi-CAM 530
autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator
1) Single servo AF [S],
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) Manual focus [M]
4) Focus Tracking
automatically activated by
subject’s status in [S]
or [C] AF using Scene
Recognition System
1) Single servo AF [S],
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) Manual focus [M]
4) Focus Tracking
automatically activated by
subject’s status in [S]
or [C] AF using Scene
Recognition System
1) Single Servo AF [S]
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) Manual [M]
4) Focus Tracking
automatically activated
by subject’s status in [S]
or [C] AF
1) Single Servo AF [S]
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) AF-A : auto AF-S/AF-C
selection
4) Manual [M]
5) Predictive focus
tracking automatically
activated according to
subject’s status
1) Single Servo AF [S]
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) AF-A: auto AF-S/AF-C
selection
4) Manual [M]
1) Single Servo AF [S],
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) AF-A : auto AF-S/AF-C
selection
4) Manual [M]
1) Single Servo AF [S],
2) Continuous servo AF [C]
3) AF-A : auto AF-S/AF-C
selection
4) Manual [M]
51 area or 11 areas;
any single area can be
selected
51 area or 11 areas;
any single area can be
selected
11 focus areas or 7 Area
Wide-AF mode; any single
area can be selected in
either mode
11 focus areas; any single
area can be selected;
center focus area can be
switched from normal to
wide-frame operation
3 focus areas: any single
area can be selected
3 focus areas: any single
area can be selected
3 focus areas: any single
area can be selected
Focusing Screen
Optional Focusing
Screens
Autofocus System
AF Lens Servo
Focus Area/Sensors
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D300
D200
D80
D60
D40x
D40
1) Single Area AF
2) 9 Group Dynamic AF
3) 21 Group Dynamic AF
4) 51 Group Dynamic
5) 51 Group Dynamic with
3D Focus Tracking
6) 51 Auto Area using
51 points
1) Single Area AF
2) 9 Group Dynamic AF
3) 21 Group Dynamic AF
4) 51 Group Dynamic
5) 51 Group Dynamic with
3D Focus Tracking
6) 51 Auto Area using
51 points
1) Single Area AF
2) Dynamic-area AF
3) Dynamic-area AF with
closest subject priority
1) Single Area AF
2) Dynamic Area AF
3) Auto-area AF
1) Single Area AF,
2) Dynamic Area AF
3) Dynamic-area AF with
closest subject priority
1) Single Area AF,
2) Dynamic Area AF
3) Dynamic-area AF with
closest subject priority
1) Single Area AF,
2) Dynamic Area AF
3) Dynamic-area AF with
closest subject priority
1) 1,005-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II with
Scene Recognition System
2) Variable Centerweighted
3) Spot: Meters 4.0mm
diameter circle (approx.
1.5% of frame) on active
focus area
1) 1,005-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II with
Scene Recognition System
2) Variable Centerweighted
3) Spot: Meters 3.0 mm
diameter circle (approx.
2.0% of frame) on active
focus area
1) 1005-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II
2) Variable Centerweighted
3) Spot: Meters 3.0mm
diameter circle (approx.
2.0% of frame) centered
on active focus area
1) 420-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II
2) Variable Centerweighted
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm
diameter circle (approx.
2.5% of frame) centered
on active focus area
1) 420-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II
2) Center-weighted
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm
diameter circle (approx.
2.5% of frame) centered
on active focus area
1) 420-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II
2) Center-weighted
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm
diameter circle (approx.
2.5% of frame) centered
on active focus area
1) 420-pixel 3D Color
Matrix Metering II
2) Center-weighted
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm
diameter circle (approx.
2.5% of frame) centered
on active focus area
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or Center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or Center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or Center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or Center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering))
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color
Matrix or center-weighted
metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot
metering)
Exposure Modes
1) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
3) Aperture Priority
Auto [A]
4) Manual
1) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
3) Aperture Priority
Auto [A]
4) Manual
1) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto
3) Aperture Priority Auto
4) Manual
1) 7 Digital Vari-Programs
2) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
3) Shutter-Priority Auto
4) Aperture Priority Auto
5) Manual
1) 8 Digital Vari-Programs
2) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
3) Shutter-Priority Auto
4) Aperture Priority Auto
5) Manual
1) 8 Digital Vari-Programs
2) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
3) Shutter-Priority Auto
4) Aperture Priority Auto
5) Manual
1) 8 Digital Vari-Programs
2) Programmed Auto
with flexible program
3) Shutter-Priority Auto
4) Aperture Priority Auto
5) Manual
Exposure Compensation
±5 in EV increments
of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
±5 EV in increments
of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
±5 EV in increments
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
±5 EV in increments
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
±5 EV in increments
of 1/3 EV
±5 EV in increments
of 1/3 EV
±5 EV in increments
of 1/3 EV
Auto Exposure Lock
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Detected exposure value
locked by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing
2 to 9 exposures in
increments of 1/3, 1/2,
2/3, or 1 EV steps
2 to 9 exposures in
increments of 1/3, 1/2,
2/3, or 1 EV steps
2 to 9 exposures in
increments between 1/3
to 2.0 EV (±2 EV)
2 to 3 exposures in
increments between 1/3
to 2.0 EV (±2 EV)
No
No
No
1) up to 9 frames per
second at full resolution
2) up to 11 frames per
second in DX Crop - with
some limitations
1) up to 6 frames per
second
2) up to 8 frames per
second with optional
MB-D10 Multi-Power
Battery pack
Up to 5 frames per
second
Up to 3 frames per
second
Up to 3 frames per
second
Up to 3 frames per
second
Up to 2.5 frames per
second
Shutter type
Electronically-controlled
vertical-travel focal plane
shutter
Electronically-controlled
vertical-travel focal plane
shutter
Electronically-controlled
vertical-travel focal plane
shutter
Electronically-controlled
vertical-travel focal plane
shutter
Electronically-controlled
vertical-travel focal plane
shutter
Electronically-controlled
vertical-travel focal plane
shutter
Combined mechanical
and CCD electronic
shutter
Shutter Speed Range
30 to 1/8,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
30 to 1/8,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
30 to 1/8,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
30 to 1/4,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
30 to 1/4,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3 EV
30 to 1/4,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3 EV
30 to 1/4,000 sec. in steps
of 1/3 EV
1) Low
2) Normal
3) High
1) Low
2) Normal
3) High
1) Low
2) Normal
3) High
1) Low
2) Normal
3) High
Yes
Yes
Yes
High IS0 Noise Reduction
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
1) D-lighting
2) Red-eye Correction
3) Image Trimming
4) Monochrome
5) Filter Effects
6) Small Picture
7) Image Overlay
8) Side by side comparison
1) D-lighting
2) Red-eye Correction
3) Image Trimming
4) Monochrome
5) Filter Effects
6) Small Picture
7) Image Overlay
No
1) D-lighting
2) Red-eye Correction
3) Image Trimming
4) Monochrome
5) Filter Effects
6) Small Picture
7) Image Overlay
1) D-lighting
2) Red-eye Correction
3) Image Trimming
4) Image Overlay
5) Monochrome
6) Filter Effects
7) Small Picture
8) NEF (RAW) Processing,
9) Stop Motion Movie
10) Quick Re-Touch
1) D-lighting
2) Red-eye Correction
3) Image Trimming
4) Monochrome
5) Filter Effects
6) Small Picture
7) Image Overlay
1) D-lighting
2) Red-eye Correction
3) Image Trimming
4) Monochrome
5) Filter Effects
6) Small Picture
7) Image Overlay
Recent Settings
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
My Menu
Yes: with customization
Yes: with customization
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flash Modes With
Compatible Nikon
Speedlights
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
with Scene Recognition
System
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
4) Range Priority
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
with Scene Recognition
System
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
4) Range Priority
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
4) Range Priority
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
4) Range Priority
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
1) i-TTL Balanced FillFlash
2) Auto Aperture
3) Non-TTL Auto
1) Front curtain sync
(normal)
2) Slow sync
3) Rear-curtain sync
4) Red-eye reduction
with slow sync
1) Front curtain sync
(normal)
2) Slow sync
3) Rear-curtain sync
4) Red-eye reduction
with slow sync
1) Auto
2) Fill-in flash
3) Red-eye Reduction
4) Red-eye Reduction
with Slow Sync
5) Slow Sync
6) Rear-curtain Sync
7) Off
1) Auto
2) Fill-in flash
3) Red-eye Reduction
4) Red-eye Reduction
with Slow Sync
5) Slow Sync
6) Rear-curtain Sync
7) Off
1) Auto
2) Fill-in flash
3) Red-eye Reduction
4) Red-eye Reduction
with Slow Sync
5) Slow Sync
6) Rear-curtain Sync
7) Off
1)Auto
2) Fill-in flash
3) Red-eye Reduction
4) Red-eye Reduction
with Slow Sync
5) Slow Sync
6) Rear-curtain Sync
7) Off
1) Auto
2) Fill-in flash
3) Red-eye Reduction
4) Red-eye Reduction
with Slow Sync
5) Slow Sync
6) Rear-curtain Sync
7) Off
AF Area Mode
Exposure Metering System
Exposure Metering Range
Top Framing Rate
Long Exposure Noise
Reduction
Retouch Menu
*For more information on
Speedlight feature compatibility,
please refer to the camera’s
brochure
Flash Sync Modes
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D3
D300
D200
D80
D60
D40x
D40
Top Flash Sync TTL
1/250th sec.
1/250th sec. or 1/320th sec.
1/250th sec.
1/200th sec.
1/200th sec.
1/200th sec.
1/500th sec.
Auto FP High-Speed
flash sync
1/8,000th sec.
1/8,000th sec.
1/8,000th sec.
1/4,000th sec.
No
No
No
No
Manual pop-up with
button release
Manual pop-up with
button release
1) Auto flash with auto
pop-up
2) Manual pop-up with
button release
1) Auto flash with auto
pop-up
2) Manual pop-up with
button release (P, S, A,
and M)
1) Auto flash with auto
pop-up
2) Manual pop-up with
button release
(P, S, A, and M)
1) Auto flash with auto
pop-up
2) Manual pop-up with
button release
(P, S, A, and M)
Not applicable
Approx. 55 ft rated
at 200 ISO value
Approx. 55 ft rated
at 200 ISO value
Approx. 59 ft rated
at 200 ISO value
Approx. 55 ft rated
at 200 ISO value
Approx. 55 ft rated
at 200 ISO value
Approx. 55 ft rated
at 200 ISO value
Built-in Flash
Built-in Flash
Guide Number
-3 to +1 EV in increments
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
-3 to +1 EV in increments
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
-3 to +1 EV in increments
of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
2 to 9 exposures in
increments of 1/3, 1/2,
2/3, or 1 EV steps
2 to 9 exposures in
increments of 1/3, 1/2,
2/3, or 1 EV steps
Up to 9 exposures in
increments between 1/3
to 2.0 EV
2 to 3 exposures in
increments between 1/3
to 2.0 EV
No
No
No
No
Two-Group Wireless
Commander with SB-800,
SB-600 and SB-R200
Speedlights
Two-Group Wireless
Commander with SB-800,
SB-600 and SB-R200
Speedlights
Two-Group Wireless
Commander with SB-800,
SB-600 and SB-R200
Speedlights
No Commander Option
No Commander Option
No Commander Option
Self-timer
2 to 20 seconds
2 to 20 seconds
2 to 20 seconds
2 to 20 seconds
2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
Depth of field
preview
Functional with CPUequipped NIKKOR lenses
in P, S, A and M mode
Functional with CPUequipped NIKKOR lenses
in P, S, A and M mode
Functional with CPUequipped NIKKOR lenses
in P, S, A and M modes
Functional with CPUequipped NIKKOR lenses
in P, S, A and M modes
No
No
No
Via 10-pin remote
terminal
Via 10-pin remote
terminal
Via 10-pin remote
terminal
Remote via USB (mini
B) connection ML-L3
Wireless Remote Control
(optional)
Via ML-L3 Wireless
Remote Controller
(optional)
Via ML-L3 Wireless
Remote Controller
(optional)
Via ML-L3 Wireless
Remote Controller
(optional)
One EN-EL4a
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
One EN-EL3e
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
One EN-EL3e
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
One EN-EL3e
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
One EN-EL9
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
One EN-EL9
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
One EN-EL9
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
Up to 4,700 (Nikon
Measurement Standard)
Up to 1,000 (CIPA
Measurement Standards)
Up to 1,800 (Nikon
Measurement Standard)
Up to 2,700 (Nikon
Measurement Standard)
Up to 500 (CIPA
Measurement Standard)
Up to 520 (CIPA
Measurement Standard)
Up to 470 (CIPA
Measurement Standard)
No
MB-D10 Multi-Power
Battery Pack accepts
one rechargeable Nikon
EN-EL3e Li-ion battery
Eight AA alkaline (LR6),
Ni-MH (HR6), lithium
(FR6) batteries, or nickelmanganese (ZR6) AA
batteries, or one EN-EL4a
battery
MB-D200 Battery pack
accepts one or two
rechargeable Nikon
EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries
or Six AA alkaline (LR6),
Ni-MH (HR6), lithium
(FR6) batteries, or nickelmanganese (ZR6) AA
batteries
MB-D80 Battery pack
accepts one or two
rechargeable Nikon
EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries
or Six AA alkaline (LR6),
Ni-MH (HR6), lithium
(FR6) batteries, or nickelmanganese (ZR6) AA
batteries
No
No
No
NTSC, PAL, HDMI
NTSC, PAL, HDMI
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
EH-6 AC Adapter
EH-6 AC Adapter
EH-6 AC Adapter
EH-5 AC Adapter
EH-5 AC Adapter requires
EP-5 Adapter
EH-5 AC Adapter requires
EP-5 Adapter
EH-5 AC Adapter requires
EP-5 Adapter
FTP file transfer
available and PTP/IP
with optional WT-4a
(IEEE 802.11a/b/g)
FTP file transfer
available and PTP/IP
with optional WT-4a
(IEEE 802.11a/b/g)
FTP file transfer available
and PTP/IP with optional
WT-3a (IEEE 802.11b/g)
No
No
No
No
WiFi Functionality
GPS
With optional MC-35
cord
With optional MC-35
cord
With optional MC-35
cord
No
No
No
No
Supported: Requires
optional Nikon Image
Authentication Software
(Windows 2000, XP,
Vista Pre-installed only)
Supported: Requires
optional Nikon Image
Authentication Software
(Windows 2000, XP,
Vista Pre-installed only)
Supported: Requires
optional Nikon Image
Authentication Software
(Windows 2000, XP,
Vista Pre-installed only)
No
No
No
No
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.
Approx: 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.
Approx: 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in.
Approx: 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.
Approx. 5.0 x 2.5 x 3.7 in.
Approx. 5.0 x 2.5 x 3.7 in.
Approx. 5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in.
Weight
Approx. 2.7 lbs
Without battery
or memory card
Approx. 1.8 lbs
Without battery, memory
card or monitor cover
1 lb. 13 oz
Without battery, memory
card or monitor cover
1 lb. 5 oz
Without battery, memory
card or monitor cover
1 lb. 1 oz
Without battery, memory
card or monitor cover
1 lb. 1 oz
Without battery
or memory card
1 lb. 1 oz
Without battery
or memory card
Flash Compensation
Flash Bracketing
Built-in Flash/
Commander Mode
Remote Control
Power Source
(included)
Images
per battery charge
N/A
Battery
Grip(s) Optional
TV Output
Optional AC
Power Supply
Image Authentication
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