Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3S vs 1Ds Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

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

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II  based on its reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D3S vs EOS 1Ds Mark II

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

Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3S
4,200 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,200 photos

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

Nikon D3S
23.5 bits
EOS 1Ds Mark II
23.3 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon D3S
12.0 ev
EOS 1Ds Mark II
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the Nikon D3S  vs EOS 1Ds Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3S
12.1 MP
EOS 1Ds Mark II
16.6 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3S
102,400 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
3,200 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

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

Nikon D3S
71.4 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark II
52.0 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3S  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 16.6 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 4992 x 3328
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 52.0 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO 50 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 51 45
Cross type focus points 15 7
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm 156 x 158 x 80 mm
Thickness 88 mm 80 mm
Weight 1,240 g 1,500 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

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

video

Nikon D3S  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark II 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 2"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 4 fps
Battery life 4,200 1,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
4 fps
Nikon D3S
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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
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