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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 Camera Reviews

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

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

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

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D3S has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price].

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Pentax K-50[plb_2053942_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 similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as 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 digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings crop and resizing are also found on this Nikon camera.

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4200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as 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 Nikon D3S has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly 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 digital camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Nikon D3S has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on cameras of a similar age and type to the D3S. The light exposure modess "aperture priority AE", "manual" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon 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 digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. 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 camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable 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 digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D3S.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D3S do not support Full HD video. The Nikon D3S is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price], or the Pentax K-5 IIs[plb_1716817_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon D3S does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-GH3 + 12-35mm[plb_1815297_price], or the Nikon D5300[plb_2189436_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Nikon D3S does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the D3100[pl_1350595_price], or the D3200 + 18-55VR II + SD 8GB+ Dongle[pl_1947140_price] both from Nikon.

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Not 3D

The Nikon D3S is not 3D. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3S are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Nikon D3S does not have an image stabilizer.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D3S is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The Nikon D3S has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The megapixels of cameras of a similar age and spec to the D3S range from 4MP to 52MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If this Nikon digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon EOS 1100D - Rebel T3[plb_798413_price] (12.2MP and higher rated), or the Nikon D5000[plb_1640596_price] (12.3MP and higher rated).

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 24 frames per second, the Nikon D3S's motion JPEG frame rate is one of the lowest amongst similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3S. Across all the SLR cameras that are a similar age to the D3S the motion JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon D3S has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Nikon camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). The still image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3S ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Only Features Seven Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon D3S is more than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras that were released 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 Nikon camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 12.87 megapixels, the Nikon D3S has a fairly few total megapixels compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D3S. The average total megapixels of cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S is 19MP.

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Only Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

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

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Only 4256 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

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

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Very Heavy

At 1.24 kilograms, the Nikon D3S is very heavy compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D3S. Across all the SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3S the weights range from 0.24kg to 1.3kg.

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Very Heavy

Across all the cameras that are a similar age to the D3S the weights range from 230g to 1.5kg. When compared to other SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the weight of the Nikon D3S of 1.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of this age and spec is 50, the biggest is 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 110. The Nikon D3S has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) (200) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the D3S.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3S

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon D3S has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price].

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might 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 is also higher rated.

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Released Over Seven Years Ago

It was over seven years ago when Nikon released the D3S.

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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