Summary Nikon D3S

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 6
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 6
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Full frame 36x23.9mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 12.1 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 24fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Nikon has replaced the D3S with the D4.

Nikon D4
Nikon D4 announced January 2012
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D3S

"Buttons and other controls are positioned to be used easily." | 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." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Nikon's long-awaited first foray into the world of the full frame sensor is essentially in a class of its own." | talking about the camera's overall-performance


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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
3,253 ISO
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
9 fps
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Startup delay Incredible startup delay Help
120 ms startup delay
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
4200 shots
Focus points Many focus points Help
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help
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The Nikon D3S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
197 ms shutter lag


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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Size Quite large Help
Large (160×157×88 mm)
Thickness Thick Help
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
October 2009
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Weight Very heavy Help
1,240 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
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The Nikon D3S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
12 EV
Screen size Small screen Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Color depth Less color depth Help
23.5 bits
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.1 MP




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