updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu July 31, 2008
Nikon D3 Memory Upgrade
Nikon today catered to the very top range of its customers through its D3 Buffer Memory Expansion Service. The option gives the 12-megapixel pro DSLR more than twice as much capacity and is geared towards sports photographers and others who need long continuous shooting without sacrificing camera resolution. The camera maker estimates that a stock D3 shoots up to 16 images in 14-bit, full-frame RAW before running out of memory; an enhanced model shoots up to 36.
Less demanding modes also see the benefit, with most JPEG modes lasting a full 130 images before needing a cool-down period to clear the buffer.
The buffer upgrade should be available today from Nikon and should typically cost $500, or a small portion of the cost of the camera itself. Exact prices as well as the completion time are said to vary depending on the region and the particular repair location. [via DPReview]