Nikon D4 vs Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D4

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Nikon D3S

131

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D4.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3S.

competitors

Nikon D4 Competitors

Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,499 - $6,000 body only

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Pro DSLR

$5,999 - $6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,531 - $1,797 body only

$2,221 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,531 - $1,797 body only

$2,221 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,699 - $1,897 body only

$2,497 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$3,724 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

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Avatar for Mrki Mrki (9:18 PM, January 19, 2015)
Nikon D3s best!
 
Avatar for Thorsten Odinsson Thorsten Odinsson (4:03 PM, December 31, 2013)
"Lucky" all those, who have so much money to buy one of these two cameras !!! :/
 
Avatar for joneill517 joneill517 (1:10 AM, August 10, 2013)
I love my D3s. The D4 seems to have some cool features but I can't see plunking down six grand for the improvements.The 102,000 ISO boost on the D3s looks like crap anyway.