General

compared to recent DSLRs
"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
Brand
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Nikon
Lowest price
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$4,994.99
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Announced
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October, 2009
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Sensor

"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."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Size
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Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
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Crop factor
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1x
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Megapixels
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12.1 MP
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Light sensitivity
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12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
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102,400 ISO
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Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

True resolution
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12.1 MP
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Native resolution
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4256 x 2832
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Pixel size
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71.4 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3.0"
Resolution
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921k dots
Touch screen
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No
Flips out
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No
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

Lens availability
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152 lenses
Lens mount
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Nikon FX

Form factor

"Buttons and other controls are positioned to be used easily."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
"The D3's proportions make it almost square, and thanks to a magnesium shell it is literally as solid as a brick."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
Size
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160x157x88 mm
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Depth
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3.5"
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Weight
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1,240 g
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Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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Yes
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Built-in focus motor
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Yes
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Viewfinder

Type
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Pentaprism
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Viewfinder size
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0.70x
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Coverage
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100%
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Movies

Format
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720p @ 24fps
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Supports 24p
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Yes
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
Autofocus
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None
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All formats
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640 x 424 @ 24fps
320 x 216 @ 24fps
720p @ 24fps

Features

Panorama
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No
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HDR
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No
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3D
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No
Image stabilization
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None
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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300 ms
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Shutter lag
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197 ms
Battery life
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4200 shots
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Continuous shooting
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9 fps
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Focus system

Autofocus
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Phase detection
Focus points
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51
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Cross type focus points
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15
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Shutter

Max
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1/8000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

Built-in flash
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No
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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2
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Supported formats
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CompactFlash (Type I)

DXO Mark Scores

"Class-leading high ISO performance and incredibly versatile ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity range"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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82.0
Color depth
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23.5 bits
Dynamic range
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12 EV
Low light performance
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3,253 ISO
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