Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3S vs 1D X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D3S
n.d.
EOS 1D X
n.d.
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D3S
9.2
EOS 1D X
10.0
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D3S
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com, photographyblog.com and 3 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D3S vs EOS 1D X

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO
EOS 1D X
2,786 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D3S
1,700 LPH
EOS 1D X
2,800 LPH

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D3S
43 ms
EOS 1D X
56 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
9 fps
EOS 1D X
14 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3S
4,200 photos
EOS 1D X
1,500 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D3S
23.5 bits
EOS 1D X
23.8 bits

Features Key features of the Nikon D3S  vs EOS 1D X 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3S
12.1 MP
EOS 1D X
18.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3S
102,400 ISO
EOS 1D X
204,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D3S
0.7x
EOS 1D X
0.76x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D3S
71.4 microns
EOS 1D X
47.8 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3S  vs
EOS 1D X 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 18.1 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 4912 x 3680
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 47.8 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 51,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,700 LPH 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 61
Cross type focus points 15 41
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm 158 x 164 x 83 mm
Thickness 88 mm 83 mm
Weight 1,240 g 1,530 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D3S  vs
EOS 1D X 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.76x

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 14 fps
Battery life 4,200 1,500
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
14 fps
Shutter lag 43 ms 56 ms
Nikon D3S
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