Summary Nikon D3S

Prices Price
Body only $4,900 Kit Unknown
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 7 Among similar cameras #n/a of 8
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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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Replacement

Nikon has replaced the D3S with the D4.

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

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D3S

"Class-leading high ISO performance and incredibly versatile ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity range"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"Buttons and other controls are positioned to be used easily."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
"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

Videos

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Pros

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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.70x
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
9 fps
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
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
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
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
15
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Light sensitivity (boost) High boost light sensitivity Help
102,400 ISO
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second

Cons

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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Announced Old Help
October, 2009
Size Quite large Help
Large 160x157x88 mm
Thickness Thick Help
3.5"
Weight Very heavy Help
1,240 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Lowest price Expensive Help
$4,900.00
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
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The Nikon D3S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Screen size Below average sized screen Help
3.0"
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.1 MP
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
82.0
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
12 EV
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging

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