Summary Nikon D3S

Prices Price
Body only
$4,995
Kit
Unknown
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 7
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 8
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Full frame 36x23.9mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Megapixels
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 D3SNikon D3S

Replacement

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

"As you may expect the D3 feels comfortable and sturdy in your hand, the grip is just the right size, depth and shape to be both comfortable and easy to hold."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's feel
"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
"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

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Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3S.

Videos

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Nikon D3s Hands-on Review Video - DigitalRev.com
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Nikon D3 Preview
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Pros

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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
Focus points Many focus points Help
51
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Storage slots More storage slots Help
2
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.70x
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
120 ms startup delay
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
4200 shots
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
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

Cons

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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
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Size Quite large Help
Large (160×157×88 mm)
Thickness Thick Help
3.5"
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
October 2009
Lowest price Very expensive Help
$4,994.99
Weight Very heavy Help
1,240 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
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The Nikon D3S vs other recent pro DSLRs

Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.1 MP
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen size Small screen Help
3"
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
15

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