Nikon D4 vs Nikon D3S

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D3S

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
204,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
120 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots

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 D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,628 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,750 - $5,997 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Longer battery life

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,628 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Nikon D3

Nikon D3

Pro DSLR

$59 body only

Lowest price Much cheaper
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Movie format Does not take movies

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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.