Summary Nikon D3S

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 6
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 8
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 12.1 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 24fps
Screen size
Help 3.0"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Nikon D3SNikon D3S


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

"Class-leading high ISO performance and incredibly versatile ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity range" | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"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." | talking about the camera's feel
"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


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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
120 ms startup delay
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points Many focus points Help
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
4200 shots
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
Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
3,253 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
9 fps
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help


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The Nikon D3S vs other recent DSLRs

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Size Quite large Help
Large 160x157x88 mm
Thickness Thick Help
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
12 EV
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Announced Old Help
October, 2009
Weight Very heavy Help
1,240 g
Built-in flash No built-in flash 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
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Screen size Small screen Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually




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