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Nikon D3s review

The D3s offers the ultimate in performance, build and image quality

Our Verdict

For

  • Well-made
  • Stunning images
  • Excellent ISO performance
  • Fast

Against

  • Limited video mode
  • It's either this or a new car
  • Although we'd choose this

We took some test shots at every ISO setting:

ISO 200:

ISO 200
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ISO 400:

iso 400
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ISO 800:

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ISO 1600:

iso 1600
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ISO 3200:

iso 3200
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ISO 6400:

ISO 6400
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ISO 12800:

ISO 12800
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ISO 25600:

iso 25600
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ISO 102400:

iso 102400
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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyD
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)1.24 kg
Maximum Image Resolution4256 x 2832
Maximum Frame Rate24 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution12.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card
Height157 mm
Width159.5 mm
Depth87.5 mm
Autofocus Points51
Product SeriesD
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, TIFF
Flash ModesRed-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD3s
Product NameD3s Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA-270-AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

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 format CMOS sensor that boasts an ISO range of 200 to 12800. The D-movie function offers superior movie capture in stereo* sound and features a Save Selected frame option to speed up productivity. Nikon's acclaimed 51-point AF system offers high sensitivity in low-light and superb performance when tracking fast moving subjects. An advanced image sensor cleaning function reduces the impact of dust spots and three alternative crop modes enhance shooting flexibility. The EXPEED image processing engine and expansive buffer enables you to shoot up to 9 fps for extended bursts

Package Contents
  • D3s Digital SLR Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a
  • Quick Charger MH-22
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • Audio Video Cable EG-D2
  • Camera Strap AN-DC5
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2
  • Eyepiece DK-17
  • Battery Chamber Cover BL-4
  • USB Cable Clip
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year