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A discussion of the body design of the Nikon D3

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Any buttons that might be accidentally pressed or dials susceptible to inadvertent turning have some sort of locking mechanism to prevent this.
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Some of the current settings are displayed on the LCD next to the shutter atop the camera, while others, such as ISO sensitivity and white balance, are shown on a smaller LCD below the 3-inch color screen on the camera back.
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All important information is also displayed in the large, bright viewfinder, which was an absolute pleasure to use when focusing manually, especially compared with lower-end dSLRs whose viewfinders tend to give a bit of a tunnel vision effect. The Switch you see is a built-in cover, to prevent light leaks when shooting on a tripod at long shutter speeds.
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As is traditional for the company, Nikon places the metering switch on the side of the viewfinder. You select drive modes via a dial underneath the buttons for flash, bracketing, and Command Lock.
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Rubbery covers seal the connectors--USB, mini HDMI, AV out, and DC in--against the elements.

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