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

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D800

89

Nikon D3S

86

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 D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,735 - $1,997 body only

$2,249 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,351 - $2,797 body only

$3,174 - $3,497 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,735 - $1,997 body only

$2,249 - $2,297 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

$5,979 - $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 D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,997 body only

$3,067 with 16-80mm lens

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

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