Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3S vs D3200

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D3S
9.7
D3200
9.5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D3S
8.3
D3200
6.4
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D3S
9.1
D3200
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D3S
9.5
D3200
9.0
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 D3200

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

Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D3S
1,700 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
197 ms
D3200
276 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D3S
43 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3S
120 ms
D3200
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3S
9 fps
D3200
4 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D3S  vs D3200 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3S
12.1 MP
D3200
24.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3S
102,400 ISO
D3200
12,800 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
D3200
0.52x

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

Nikon D3S
71.4 microns
D3200
14.8 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3S  vs D3200 

8.9
7.3
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

10.0
9.0
As detailed on the previous page, the Nikon D3S is a highly responsive professional DSLR camera that has great ergonomics, build quality and a fantastic feature set - but it’s the image quality department where the real news is.
Nikon D3S

8.0
8.0
An inevitable addition is the D-movie function, whose top setting is 24fps at 720p.
Nikon D3S

Overall

9.1 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3S  vs
D3200 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 24.1 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 6016 x 4000
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 23.2 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.6x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 14.8 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,700 LPH 3,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH 3,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 11
Cross type focus points 15 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm
Thickness 88 mm 76.5 mm
Weight 1,240 g 505 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

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
D3200 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 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 Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 921 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 Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.7x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 4 fps
Battery life 4,200 540
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
4 fps
Focus lag 197 ms 276 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 114 ms
Startup delay 120 ms 400 ms
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