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Nikon D3S Digital Camera

SLR 12.1MP CMOS SDHC Jun 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Nikon has good camera reviews
Supports video recording
Supports video capability
56 Reviews + 16 Awards
Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Editor's Choice What Digital Camera Gold

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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

We checked 25,424 owner and expert reviews (including 514 verified purchases) for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D3S supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also support video recording.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D3S does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera which support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at include the Canon SX220 HS which also has a higher rating.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon D3S is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon camera also supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all cameras of this age and spec the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Six Years Ago

This camera was released in June 2011.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon D3S has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon 310 HS (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 640 pixels, the highest is 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon D3S has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D3S supports video capability. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of its better review score, the Samsung L210.

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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 digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D3S has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon D3S has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Heavy

When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera that we have assessed, the Nikon D3S's weight of 1.24 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The weights of low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 0.11kg to 270kg.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D3S has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at include the Samsung ZZBPWFR which has better reviews.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3S has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this type and age. The best still image resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels digital camera.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the P7700 (12.2MP and higher rated), or the Coolpix P340 (12.2MP and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Networking

Features Bluetooth

The Nikon D3S features bluetooth, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera do not feature bluetooth.

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Battery

4200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera only take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Nikon D3S takes 4200 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Nikon D3S features multi burst mode. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Nikon D3S features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon D3S has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Nikon D3S has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon D3S has a batteries included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

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

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Has a Built-In Microphone

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

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D3S supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Nikon camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of a similar age and type to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Heavy

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera the weights range from 50g to 1.3kg. When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera, the Nikon D3S's weight of 1.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon vba270ae

Nikon D3S Review Sources

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