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

Nikon D3S vs Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3S

131

Nikon D3

119

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
3,253 ISO
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
102,400 ISO
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
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

$1,496 - $1,797 body only

$2,126 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,495 body only

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3X

Nikon D3X

Pro DSLR

$2,895 body only

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,480 - $1,497 body only

$1,658 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,495 body only

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$999 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Thickness Much thinner
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