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

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Nikon D3S

97

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
120 ms startup delay
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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

$1,399 - $1,497 body only

$1,965 - $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

$2,199 - $2,797 body only

$2,900 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

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

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,397 - $1,497 body only

$1,725 - $2,447 with 28-300mm lens

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

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,649 - $1,897 body only

$2,397 - $2,497 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,497 body only

$1,965 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Pro DSLR

$6,707 body only

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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