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

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Nikon D3S

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
200 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
197 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
120 ms startup delay

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 D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,149 - $1,297 body only

$1,797 with 24-120mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$790 - $1,497 body only

$1,774 - $2,447 with 28-300mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Size Smaller
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$1,999 - $2,797 body only

$2,583 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lowest price More expensive

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Pro DSLR

$5,121 body only

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Battery life Much shorter battery life
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Nikon Z6

Boutique

$1,764 - $1,997

Focus points Many more focus points
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Pro DSLR

$4,860 - $6,497 body only

$6,714 with 50mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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