The Nikon D3 Has Dead Pixels?

Nikon D3 DSLR Camera

Photographer Rob Galbraith, who also scrutinizes high-end cameras (remember the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and its autofocus problem?), has published photos taken with pre-production models of the soon-to-be released Nikon D3 DSLR.

The photos were shot by photographers Tony Bock, Nick Didlick, David Einsel and Peter Burian. They were all great shots, as taken by these gentlemen and as expected of a high-end camera model like the Nikon D3 ($5,000 body only).

dead pixels

Unfortunately, some photos – notably those taken by David Einsel – appear to have a few dead pixels (encircled at right) showing up as brightly-colored dots or short lines. You cannot see it at normal viewing, and chances are it won’t even be noticed in print.

But the dead pixels are there. You can only see it if you zoom in 100% on the image. Apparently, David got a unit with a defective image sensor, or whatever it is that’s causing the anomaly.

A very tiny thing, to be sure, but this is a big issue if we’re talking about a flagship model for a prestigious company like Nikon. A few dead pixels here and there, even with just one unit of a professional camera can ruin a reputation if not addressed properly, even if it’s only a pre-production unit.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.