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Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

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Nikon D700

85

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
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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 Much smaller 147x123x77 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
        51
        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
        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
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        D3S:1,240 g
        D700:1,074 g
        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
        Size Large Help
        D3S:160x157x88 mm
        D700:147x123x77 mm
        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"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D3S:921k dots
        D700:922k dots

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 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

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 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

        $3,160 body only

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,354 - $1,360 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 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

        $1,100 body only

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

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,199 - $2,595 body only

        $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

        Nikon D3S Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D4

        Nikon D4

        Pro DSLR

        $6,744 - $6,842 body only

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Nikon D4s

        Nikon D4s

        Pro DSLR

        $6,497 body only

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Nikon D3X

        Nikon D3X

        Pro DSLR

        $7,640 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 D700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

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

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