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Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S Digital Camera

SLR 12.1MP CMOS Jan 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Nikon's first FX format camera to feature high-definition movie recording offers photographers a whole new level of creative flexibility. The D3S features a highly sensitive 12.1 megapixel FX... More
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Sixteen Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most awarded by experts in digital cameras of all the cameras of this type and age.

The reviewers at five expert review sites all said that this digital camera was outstanding and gave it their highest award. This Nikon digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from Ephotozine, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au, Best4reviews.com and Digicam Buyer.co.uk.

This SLR digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by Digitalfotoforalla.se, Theregister.co.uk and Digitalfoto.dk all of whom decided that this camera was good.

In addition, the expert at What Digital Camera gave this Nikon camera a "Gold" award and thought it was exceptional and it received an Ljudochbild.se "Especially Recommended" award.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this Nikon digital camera an "Essential" award, it received an "EISA Best Product" award from EISA.eu and it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Excellent Expert Reviews

Based on thirty expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 92%. Camera experts think this digital camera is one of the very best cameras of this spec and age.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Videomaker.com mentioned six years ago “Combining crisp pictures with amazing color”. Pricemo.com wrote also six years ago “Stunning pictures”. Expert review site Photographybay.com said also six years ago “Nikon D3S are geared toward sports photographers” in their review.

A number of Nikon D3S reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned “It offered high-quality results at high speed and offered a huge ISO range (up to 25,600 expanded) which was, at the time” and scored this digital camera 5 stars. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “Offering an incredible ISO range of 100 to 102,400, you really can use the D3S hand-held in the dimmest of lighting conditions, for both still images” in their review. Six years ago Pricemo.com said “The standout feature on the 3s is its ISO capabilities” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people reckoned that this digital camera was good in low light. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon D3S is the best low-light camera ever - period”. Pricemo.com said “Incredible low light performance” in their review. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “Adding astonishing improvements in low-light capability and a larger image buffer size”.

Three Nikon D3S owners who bought the product agreed that it had a good image sensor.

A few people who purchased the Nikon D3S concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Six years ago expert review site Photographybay.com wrote “While the cameras have found their way into many other photography niches, at their core, these cameras are made for shooting sports” in their review of this digital camera. Theregister.co.uk gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote in their Nikon D3S review also six years ago “The D3x with its unsurpassed full frame resolution of 24Mp”.

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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Nikon cameras and also specifically for Nikon SLR digital cameras and found that in both cases Nikon had good reviews compared to other brands.

Good Product Quality

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Expert website Best4reviews.com wrote six years ago “A new 12.1-megapixel sensor with improved circuitry allows superb image quality at very high ISO settings (ISO 102,400 in the” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “At the press launch of the Nikon D3S I was very impressed with the quality of the images on display.” in their review. Pocket-Lint.com wrote “A new 12.1-megapixel sensor with improved circuitry allows superb image quality at very high ISO settings makes the D3s a stu” in their review.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some Nikon D3S reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was quiet. Expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Nikon has taken its time, quietly working”. Pricemo.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D3S “Quiet shutter” .

One Nikon D3S owner who reviewed the product said that it was noisy.

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Robust

One person reckoned that it was strong and durable. Pocket-Lint.com said in their Nikon D3S review on expert review site Pocket Lint six years ago “The D3s has an all-new FX format full-frame sensor and enhanced specification, rugged”.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com said six years ago “The Nikon D3S is a superbly engineered camera that looks the business”.

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Nice Design

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert website Letsgodigital.org gave the Nikon D3S a score of 5 stars and wrote “The Nikon D3 was already a beautiful DSLR camera that left very little to be desired”. Thestar.com.my said in their review seven years ago “However, these two changes are actually pretty significant and makes an already highly-regarded professional”.

One Nikon D3S reviewer reckoned that it was ergonomic. One person concluded that it was smooth. Photographybay.com mentioned in their review “The prints are quite smooth”.

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Easy to Use

Three Nikon D3S reviewers who reviewed the Nikon D3S agreed that it was easy to use. Pricemo.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D3S “Excellent image quality, particularly at very high sensitivities, great ergonomics, design and control layout, menu system, comprehensive feature set”. Pricemo.com also said “Inspirational to use”. Expert review site Photographybay.com said “Again, this exercise was intended to be a little more practical than pixel peeping”.

One Nikon D3S reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Eisa.eu wrote “The quality of the Nikon D3S high ISO settings is unsurpassed for low noise”.

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Good Flash

One Nikon D3S reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had a good flash.

Good Video Capture

A few Nikon D3S reviewers who bought the Nikon D3S concluded that it was good for video recording. Expert review site Videomaker.com said “Tom Cunningham is a video ent” . Pricemo.com mentioned “We wish the 3s had a better movie mode 5 minutes of filming at 720p isnt earthshattering” in their review of this digital camera.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Nikon D3S supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D3S has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Df[pl_1740408_price], or the D800[pl_1347009_price] both from Nikon.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Nikon D3S is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Rotating, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes crop and resizing are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon D3S is more than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D3S. The image formats "JPEG" and "RAW" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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4200 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Nikon D3S is a digital camera that takes 4,200 shots shots per battery charge.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of photo effects than most SLR digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Nikon camera.

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± 5EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of light exposure modes than most SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The light exposure modes "aperture priority AE", "manual" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Features Eight Auto Focus

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Nikon digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focus "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Continuous Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus", "Monitoring Auto Focus", "Multi Point Auto Focus", "Selective Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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22 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One person wrote in their reviews that it was not cheap. Six years ago Pricemo.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D3S “It's an expensive upgrade from the 3”. One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was not good value for money. Expert review site Akihabaranews.com mentioned “The D3s is not what I can call affordable”.

Inferior Technical Features

Several Nikon D3S owners who reviewed the product considered that it did not have good features. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D3S on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “It inherits everything that was good about the D3, improves on a few things that weren't, gains a few new features” but despite that they gave the product a score of 5 stars. Expert review site Kenrockwell.com said in their Nikon D3S review seven years ago “The D3s is the same camera as the D3, with a few new features thrown in to give it a little more catalog life”.

Poor Support

One Nikon D3S owner said in their reviews that this digital camera did not have good technical guidance. Six years ago Pricemo.com mentioned “Of equal concern is the lack of manual control”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D3S does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3S do support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D3S does not have a GPS. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D3S also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Df[pl_1740408_price], or the D800[pl_1347009_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3S are not 3D compatible. The Nikon D3S is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D3S does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might also want to look at including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Nikon D3S is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D3S does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3S is 4MP and the highest is 52MP. With a megapixel count of only 12.1 megapixels, the Nikon D3S has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3S.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP and higher rated), or the D800[pl_1347009_price] (36.3MP and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Not Cheap

The cheapeast digital cameras of a comparable age and type that we found costs £40 and the most expensive costs £5,581. We think that this SLR digital camera looks expensive for a SLR digital camera that has been around for more than two years.

Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3S has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution, whereas most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. Across all cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3S the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 24 frames per second, the Nikon D3S has a quite low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S. The average JPEG frame rate of cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3S is 35fps.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modes

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The flash modes "Flash off", "Manual", "pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction", "Slow synchronization" and "suppressed" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The Nikon D3S has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 12.87 megapixels) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 53MP.

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Only Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 100, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 12800 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Only 4256 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D3S has a higher image resolution than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Nikon camera has a 4256 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all cameras of a similar spec and age to the D3S is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Thick

The average depth of SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 75mm, and the depths range from 29mm to 130mm. The Nikon D3S is one of the thicker SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D3S (87.5 millimeters) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Heavy

At 1.24 kilograms, the Nikon D3S is fairly heavy compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3S. Digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S have weights of between 0.23kg and 240kg.

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 1.2 kilograms, the Nikon D3S is one of the heaviest digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3S amongst digital cameras of this age. The lightest digital camera that has been around for around the same time as the D3S is 230g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 630g.

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Very Tall

Across all the similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S the heights range from 34mm to 160mm. The height of the Nikon D3S of 157 millimeters is one of the tallest amongst cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 110. With a minimum ISO speed of 200, the Nikon D3S has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3S

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Nikon D3S has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D3S.

If this SLR digital camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the D800[pl_1347009_price] (3.2"), or the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2") both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Seven Years Ago

It was over seven years ago when this Nikon camera was released.

MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the D800[pl_1347009_price], or the Df[pl_1740408_price] both from Nikon.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Multi Burst Mode
Playback Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Compatible
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Weight
Data Compression
Operating System
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Lens System
Power Supply
Digital SLR

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