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

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

Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
120 ms startup delay
Storage slots
More storage slots
2

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

$1,409 - $1,797 body only

$1,999 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

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

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,099 - $2,797 body only

$2,775 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,100 - $1,497 body only

$1,646 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

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

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D3

Nikon D3

Pro DSLR

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Movie format Does not take movies
Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Pro DSLR

$5,499 body only

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,409 - $1,797 body only

$1,999 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Much shorter battery life

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