Summary Nikon D3S

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Body only
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Among similar cameras
#n/a of 5
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Significantly larger screen

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D3S

"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." | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Class-leading high ISO performance and incredibly versatile ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity range" | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"The D3's proportions make it almost square, and thanks to a magnesium shell it is literally as solid as a brick." | talking about the camera's build-quality


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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
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 Short startup delay Help
120 ms startup delay
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
4200 shots
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

Light sensitivity (boost) Very high boost light sensitivity Help
102,400 ISO


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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
12 EV
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
197 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Weight Very heavy Help
1,240 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
October 2009
Size Quite large Help
Large (160×157×88 mm)
Thickness Thick Help
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
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The Nikon D3S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Color depth Less color depth Help
23.5 bits
Screen size Small screen Help
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.1 MP
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Focus points Fewer focus points Help




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