Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3S vs 7D Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

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
Nikon D3S 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D3S vs EOS 7D Mark II

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

Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO
EOS 7D Mark II
1,082 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3S
4,200 photos
EOS 7D Mark II
670 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D3S  vs EOS 7D Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3S
102,400 ISO
EOS 7D Mark II
51,200 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 7D Mark II
16.8 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3S  vs EOS 7D Mark II 

8.9
8.4
For more advanced processing, Nikon offers the considerably more sophisticated Capture NX2, which is a truly professional-grade platform for in-depth raw and JPEG adjustment.
Nikon D3S

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3S  vs
EOS 7D Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 20 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 5472 x 3648
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 22.4 x 15 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.6x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 16.8 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO 100 ISO to 51,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 65
Cross type focus points 15 65
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 149 x 112 x 78 mm
Thickness 88 mm 78 mm
Weight 1,240 g 910 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

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

video

Nikon D3S  vs
EOS 7D Mark II 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Hybrid detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
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 1x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.62x

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 10 fps
Battery life 4,200 670
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
10 fps
Focus lag 197 ms 249 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 52 ms
Startup delay 120 ms 500 ms
Nikon D3S
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