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Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

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Nikon D700

86

Nikon D700

Runner-up
     
 

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
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Thickness
Thin
3"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Battery life Much longer battery life 4200 shots vs 1000 shots
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More than 4x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 3,253 ISO vs 2,303 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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9 fps vs 5 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Size Significantly smaller 147x123x77 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $3,049.00 vs $6,799.99
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The best price we've seen is $3,751 cheaper (2.2x less)
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight Lighter 1,074 g vs 1,240 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D3S:3,253 ISO
              D700:2,303 ISO
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D3S:0.70x
              D700:0.72x
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3S:300 ms
              D700:400 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3S:1,240 g
              D700:1,074 g
              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
              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
              D3S:720p @ 24fps
              D700:None

              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"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 - $1,997 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Cross type focus points Has significantly fewer cross-type focus points

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $8,999 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

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