Nikon D3S

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Nikon D3S

92

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Nikon D3

84

Nikon D3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
88 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4300 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 88 ms vs 197 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 4300 shots vs 4200 shots
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 3,253 ISO vs 2,290 ISO
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The D3S has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3S's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D3S's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 1,240 g vs 1,300 g
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Nikon D3 Nikon D3 84

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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Battery life Very long battery life Help
        D3:4300 shots
        D3S:4200 shots
        Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
        D3:2,290 ISO
        D3S:3,253 ISO
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        D3:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        D3S:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        0.70x
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        51
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
        9 fps
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        15
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Autofocuses with more lenses
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
        2
        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Weight Heavy Help
        D3:1,300 g
        D3S:1,240 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.5"
        Size Large Help
        Large 160x157x88 mm
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.1 MP
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D3:None
        D3S:720p @ 24fps

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D3:922k dots
        D3S:921k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        D3:81.0
        D3S:82.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D4

        Nikon D4

        Pro DSLR

        $6,744 - $6,842 body only

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Size Is much smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D3X

        Nikon D3X

        Pro DSLR

        $7,250 body only

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $3,830 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life

        Nikon D3 Competitors

        Advantages

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3.

        Nikon D3S Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3S.

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        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