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Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S Digital Camera

SLR 12.1MP CMOS Jan 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer 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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13 Reasons For

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Nikon SLR digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Nikon is one of the superior brands.

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S, the Nikon D3S supports video capability.

There are a number of other cameras which support video capability currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3S, the Nikon D3S has a built-in flash.

Alternative 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 Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], or the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price].

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price], or the Canon EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[plb_1609405_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon D3S is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a similar spec and age to the D3S. The image formats supporteds "JPEG" and "RAW" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of image editing modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this digital camera. The image editings crop and resizing are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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4200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D3S take between 220 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Nikon D3S which takes 4200 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon D3S is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently found photo effects is Neutral, but this photo effects is not found on this camera. The photo effectss Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Nikon camera.

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

This camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on SLR digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D3S. The light exposure modess "aperture priority AE", "manual" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Features Eight Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S. The auto focusing (AF) modess "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 Nikon digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Nikon D3S is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Nikon camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D3S.

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18 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D3S does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3S also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A57Y[pl_1611476_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Nikon D3S does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic DMC-GH3 + 12-35mm[plb_1815297_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3S does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D3S also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not 3D

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D3S, the Nikon D3S is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D3S are not waterproof. The Nikon D3S is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Nikon D3S does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D3S is 4MP, the highest is 52MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP. With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the Nikon D3S has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the D3S.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the EOS 450D - Rebel XSi[pl_1426191_price] (12.2MP), or the EOS 1100D[pl_1385668_price] (12.2MP) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon D3S has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this spec and age. The best still image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3S is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modess

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3S. The flash modess "Flash off", "Manual", "pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction", "Slow synchronization" and "suppressed" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Nikon D3S has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate (only 24 frames per second) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the D3S. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of digital cameras of this spec and age is 3fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 34fps.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The Nikon D3S has one of the less total megapixelss (only 12.87 megapixels) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 10MP to 53MP.

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Only Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D3S is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 12800 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon D3S is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than the most common video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This digital camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the D3S the video resolution ranges from 640 x 424 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only 4256 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D3S has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a 4256 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this age and type have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Only Has One Camera Playback

The number of camera playback modes found on the Nikon D3S is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly found camera playback is Single image, but this camera playback is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The camera playbacks movie are also found on this camera.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras of this age and spec that we have checked, the Nikon D3S's weight of 1.24 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The lightest camera of this type and age is 0.24kg heavy and the heaviest is 1.3kg.

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Very Heavy

The average weight of SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 670g. With a weight of 1.2 kilograms, the Nikon D3S is very heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3S.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The Nikon D3S has a very big ISO sensitivity (min) (200) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 110, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 200.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3S

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon D3S has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], or the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price] which has better reviews.

If this Nikon camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the D800[pl_1347009_price] (3.2"), or the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2") both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 5D Mark III[plb_1357507_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Seven Years Ago

This SLR digital camera has been on the market for over seven years.

Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Data Compression
Compatible Operating Systems
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Power Supply Type
Digital SLR

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