Nikon Announces D3 and D300 DSLRs

Nikon unveils its first full-frame DSLR, the 12.1-megapixel D3. Also, a new 12.3MP DX-sized D300 is added to the lineup, along with an army of pro lenses.

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After years of rumor and speculation, there is now a very impressive full-frame Nikon digital SLR, the Nikon D3. This 12.1-megapixel camera, aimed at sports, nature, and news photographers, packs an impressive 3-inch LCD screen with 920,000-pixel resolution, it sports a live-view function and can shoot at full resolution at 9 frames per second with autofocus. And that autofocus come from a 51-point AF system. ISO can be expanded down to 100, all the way up to 25,600! There's also 14-bit processing of RAW data. All this performance comes from the new EXPEED processor. This is a camera that Nikon shooters have been waiting a long time for, and based on initial reports, it sounds quite impressive.

As if the D3 wasn't enough, Nikon has also added a new DX-sensor camera to the lineup, the 12.3-megapixel Nikon D300. With a shutter rated to 150,000 cycles, add-on Wi-Fi capability, live view shooting, and the same 920,000 pixel, 3-inch display, the D300 may be much less expensive than the D3, but it is still a pro-caliber camera in the DX-sensor line. See our full report on the Nikon D300 announcment.

And it's not just cameras from Nikon making news. There's a veritable army of new glass, from a 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom to an impressive 600mm f/4 prime with Vibration Reduction. All five of the new lenses are full-frame FX optics, and all use Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat to reduce flare and ghosting. Click here for a full report on the new lenses.

Nikon's impressive new DSLRs and lenses come just days after Canon announced two new DSLRs and two new lenses. The pro-DSLR wars have been taken to a new level!

It wasn't just DSLRs being announced this week. Click here to see a slideshow of lenses, compacts, printers and more!

Stayed tuned to PopPhoto.com in the coming days as we continue our coverage of these exciting new cameras and put them through our full lab testing.

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