Nikon D3x vs Nikon Z fc

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3x and Nikon Z fc. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3x
Nikon Z fc

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D3x were released 2008 and Nikon Z fc was released 2021. That is a 13 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3x Nikon 2008
Nikon Z fc Nikon 2021

Type of camera

Nikon D3x is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z fc is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3x has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon Z fc has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D3x 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon Z fc 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D3x has a 24,5 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z fc has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D3x 24,5 MP 24385536 6048 4032
Nikon Z fc 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712

Nikon D3x has a 18 % larger resolution than Nikon Z fc. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z fc has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3x. Nikon Z fc has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D3x has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3x 100-6400
Nikon Z fc 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3x
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z fc

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D3x can shoot up to 1-5 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z fc can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3x 1-5
Nikon Z fc 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon Z fc. Sadly, the Nikon D3x does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D3x weighs 1260 gr (equal to 2,78 lb) which is 183% heavier than Nikon Z fc and its 445 gr (or 0,98 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3x 1260 gr 2,78 lb
Nikon Z fc 445 gr 0,98 lb