Summary Nikon D3S

Prices Price
Body only $6,800 Kit Unknown
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 7 Among similar cameras #n/a of 9
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help Full frame 36.0x23.9mm Screen resolution Help 921k dots
Megapixels Help 12.1 MP Movie format Help 720p @ 24fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 12,800 ISO
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Nikon D3SNikon D3S

Replacement

Nikon has replaced the D3S with the D4.

Nikon D4
Nikon D4 announced January, 2012
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D3S

"For a 12 million pixel camera, it is hard to see how the Nikon D3S could deliver better image quality at its optimal output settings."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
"The camera has locked immediately to my target, and as you can see, it has stuck with him even when a second player enters the frame."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Nikon's long-awaited first foray into the world of the full frame sensor is essentially in a class of its own."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance

Videos

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Pros

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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.70x
Focus points Many focus points Help
51
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
4200 shots
Storage slots More storage slots Help
2
Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
3,253 ISO
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
9 fps
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second

Cons

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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
October, 2009
Thickness Thick Help
3.5"
Lowest price Very expensive Help
$6,799.99
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.1 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Size Quite large Help
Large 160x157x88 mm
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Weight Very heavy Help
1,240 g
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The Nikon D3S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Screen size Below average sized screen Help
3.0"

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