Updated (October 2009): Compare the Nikon D3 vs Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S vs Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3S

86

Nikon D3

78

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
88 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4300 shots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3S.

competitors

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,560 - $1,997 body only

$2,108 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,997 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$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 D3 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,560 - $1,997 body only

$2,108 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$2,544 body only

Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
Size Much smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,111 - $1,497 body only

$1,561 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life

discussion

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vitalishe (4:37 PM, May 22, 2015)
Just because Mrmarkusman says that reviewers are bias(ed) does not mean they are.
There were quite a few important upgrades done from D3 to D3s:
- much better high ISO performance (ISO 1600+)
- sensor cleaning
- much larger buffer (a factor of 2 or 3)
- Quite mode and basic video
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:40 PM, June 20, 2011)
The D3 was released in 2007, and the D3S is the updated version which came out in 2009. There is no bias on our reviews we compare the stats of each camera to one an other, check out how we how we score this comparison.
 
Mrmarkusman (8:23 AM, June 19, 2011)
the reviewers a bias, just because it has an s doesnt mean its better