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Nikon D3 Buffer Memory Expansion Service now available in some countries  
Thursday, July 31, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Nikon has announced a service modification for the D3 that more than doubles the number of frames that can be shot in a single burst. The number of FX Format 14-bit Lossless Compressed NEFs, for example, jumps from 16 to 36, and most other file format options see a similar increase.

The service is comprised of a doubling of the amount of SDRAM memory inside the camera body. No new firmware is required, the current 2.0.0 release for the D3 will recognize both standard and expanded memory variants of the camera. Nikon will continue to ship the D3 from the factory with the same amount of SDRAM as before, the only way to get the larger buffer is through Nikon's service department memory installation.

The Nikon D3 Buffer Memory Expansion Service is available now in the U.S., for a fee of US$500 plus shipping. To begin the process in the U.S., an online form must be completed. Information on the service in Europe is on a Nikon Europe support page. Nikon USA, locales in Europe and perhaps other regions too are already accepting customer cameras for modification.

In Canada, the fee is CDN$550, and requests to receive the service will be accepted starting on September 3, 2008.

Revision History
August 4, 2008: Added details about the modification and its availability.

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