Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3S

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Nikon D3S

96

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
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 D800.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3S.

competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,417 - $2,497 body only

$2,900 - $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,492 - $1,497 body only

$1,997 - $2,085 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,497 body only

$1,987 - $2,447 with 28-300mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Size Smaller
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,492 - $1,497 body only

$1,997 - $2,085 with 24-120mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3

Nikon D3

Pro DSLR

$60 body only

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,417 - $2,497 body only

$2,900 - $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

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

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