As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D3S is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Nikon D3S's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D4 and the Z6) and Canon (such as the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS 1Ds Mark III)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D4

Nikon D4
2 years newer
$5,121 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D4 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D4 and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
6 years newer
$4,860 - $6,497 (body only)
$6,714 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5 and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
4 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D750 and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
6 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D500 and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
2 years newer
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D800 and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
4 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D810 and D3S

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3S compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (4200 shots vs 310 shots), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,100k dots), is much larger (large (160×157×88 mm) vs prosumer size (134×101×68 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.1 MP vs 45.4 MP).

Nikon Z6

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8 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the D3S)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Z6 and D3S

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Nikon Z7

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8 years newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the D3S)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Z7 and D3S

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS R

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9 years newer
$1,994 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the D3S)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×98×84 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS R and D3S

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS RP

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9 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the D3S)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 51

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shoots slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the EOS RP and D3S

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3S compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), lets you preview your photos on the screen, much more lenses available (171 lenses vs 77 lenses) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.1 MP vs 24 MP) and much lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 204,800 ISO).

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
4 years newer
$1,998 (body only)
$2,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the D3S)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 171 lenses

common strengths of the A7S and D3S

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica M9

Leica M9
similar age

Significant advantages of the M9 (vs the D3S)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs Large (160×157×88 mm)
  • Much lighter: 585 g vs 1,240 g
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.5"

Significant disadvantages of the M9 (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the M9 and D3S

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
7 years newer
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the D3S)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 9 fps

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the D3S)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.70x
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and D3S

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 171 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha a9

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7 years newer
$3,382 - $3,998 (body only)
$5,096 90mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a9 (vs the D3S)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a9 (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 650 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 171 lenses

common strengths of the Alpha a9 and D3S

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 650 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony a7 III

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8 years newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the D3S)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 710 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 171 lenses

common strengths of the a7 III and D3S

  • Weather sealed
  • Very long battery life: 710 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm X-T3

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9 years newer
$1,399 (body only)
$1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T3 (vs the D3S)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 26 MP vs 12.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X-T3 (vs the D3S)

  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 4200 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 171 lenses

common strengths of the X-T3 and D3S

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and D3S

  • None found

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
1 year newer
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 and D3S

  • None found

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D
5 years older

Significant advantages of the 20D (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 20D (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the 20D and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7000 and D3S

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year older
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the D90 and D3S

  • None found

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
6 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D3S)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D3S)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS 80D and D3S

  • None found