12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor:Coupled with Nikon's EXPEED image processing technologies and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking image fidelity is assured.
World’s first D-SLR with an HD movie mode:Record exceptional 24fps movie clips with sound at up to 720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) in Motion JPEG format, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.
3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor High resolution, 170-degree wide-angle viewing guarantees confident image review and movie playback.
11-point AF system:Consistently fast and accurate autofocus, reinforced by the Nikon Scene Recognition System, delivers razor sharpness in a wide variety of conditions.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System:Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates images, referencing an on-board database of over 30,000 photographic scenes, for unmatched exposure accuracy.
Auto Active D-Lighting:Selectable and Automatic, Active D-Lighting optimizes details within shadows and highlights, taming high-contrast situations in real time.
In-Camera Image Editing Creative freedom stems from exclusive in-camera image editing, featuring Fisheye effect, Straighten and Distortion Control as well as D-Lighting, Red-eye Reduction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more.
Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames-per-second:Combined with fast 0.15ms power-up and split-second 65ms shooting lag, dramatic action and decisive moments are captured easily.
Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200:High signal-to-noise components and design deliver exceptional performance, even at high ISO setting.
One-button Live View:Easy to use Live View activates access to 3 contrast detection focus modes including Face Priority AF.
Comprehensive exposure control:Five advanced scene modes plus Program Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual.
Durable, high precision shutter Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures shutter life and accuracy.
GPS geo-tagging GP-1 GPS unit (optional) provides automatic real-time geo-tagging.
LCD, Video and Photo Gallery images are for illustrative purposes only.
Nikon F bayonet mount
Nikon DX format (Effective picture angle 1.5x [Approx.] conversion factor)
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)
23.6mm x 15.8mm
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Image Area (pixels)
DX-format (L) 4,288 x 2,848 (M) 3,216 x 2,136 (S) 2,144 x 1,424
File Format Still Images
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
1 Secure Digital (SD)
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) EXIF 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
-2.0 to +1.0 m⁻¹ Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
96 % (Approx.)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-2.0 to + 1.0m¯¹
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Screen Mark II with Superimposed Focus Brackets and On-Demand Grid Lines
Mirror Lock Up
Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All Functions Supported Except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II. AF NIKKOR other than D-type: All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1-Series. AI-P NIKKOR: All Functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II. D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses): All Functions Supported Except PC Micro-NIKKOR. DX AF NIKKOR: all functions supported.
Auto (2 types) Auto (TTL white balance with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K) Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning Shade
White Balance Bracketing
2 or 3 exposures
Live View Shooting
VGA 640x424 / 24 fps QVGA 320x216 / 24 fps Movie with sound
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
3.0 in. diagonal
Super Density Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
Brightness, 7 levels
Auto Image Rotation Calendar Full Frame Highlight Point Display Histogram Display Movie Playback Pictmotion Shooting Data Slideshow Sound Playback Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments) Zoom
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance D-Lighting Distortion Control Filter Effects Fisheye Image Overlay Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Quick Retouch Red-Eye Correction Small picture Straighten Trim
HDMI Hi-speed USB NTSC
GP-1 GPS unit
Yes with customization
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) Dutch English Finnish French German Italian Japanese Korean Polish Portuguese Russian Swedish
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
World Time Setting
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
850 shots (CIPA)
EH-5a AC Adapter
MH-18a Quick Charger
1/4 inch 20
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
5.2in. (132mm) x 4.1in. (103mm) x 3.0in. (77mm)
Software Suite CD-ROM
MB-D80 Mult-Power Battery Pack EH-5A AC Adapter ML-L3 Remote Controller DK-21M Magnifying Eyepiece Camera Control Pro 2 Capture NX 2 Software