Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3S vs D3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D3S
10.0
Nikon D3
10.0
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?

Nikon D3S
10.0
Nikon D3
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 D3

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

Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO
Nikon D3
2,290 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
197 ms
Nikon D3
88 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D3S
43 ms
Nikon D3
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3S
120 ms
Nikon D3
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
9 fps
Nikon D3
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3S
4,200 photos
Nikon D3
4,300 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D3S  vs D3 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3S
12.1 MP
Nikon D3
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3S
102,400 ISO
Nikon D3
25,600 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
Nikon D3
0.7x

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

Nikon D3S
71.4 microns
Nikon D3
71.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3S  vs D3 

8.0
10.0
For that, you can get a D3 body, one of the brand-new Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 N-series lenses and Nikon's fabulous 14-24mm N-series wide-angle zoom.
Nikon D3

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3S  vs
D3 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 4256 x 2832
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 71.7 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 51
Cross type focus points 15 15
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 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 88 mm 88 mm
Weight 1,240 g 1,300 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
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
D3 
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" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 922 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 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 9 fps
Battery life 4,200 4,300
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 197 ms 88 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 120 ms 300 ms
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