Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

91

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Nikon D3

83

Nikon D3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

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

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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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
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
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
120 ms vs 300 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$4,994.99 vs $7,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,000 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
Weight
Lighter
1,240 g vs 1,300 g
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              D3:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D3S:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              9 fps
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              51
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3:300 ms
              D3S:120 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D3:$7,995.00
              D3S:$4,994.99
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3:1,300 g
              D3S:1,240 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.5"
              Size Large Help
              Large 160x157x88 mm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.1 MP
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3:None
              D3S:720p @ 24fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Size Is much smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              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 D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 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 D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $7,126 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 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 D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Size Much smaller
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              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