Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3X vs D3S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D3X
Nikon D3S
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D3X
Nikon D3S
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D3X vs D3S

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

Nikon D3X
1,992 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D3X
2,200 LPH
Nikon D3S
1,700 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3X
161 ms
Nikon D3S
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D3X
45 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3X
300 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3X
5 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D3X  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3X
24.4 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3X
6,400 ISO
Nikon D3S
102,400 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 D3X
Nikon D3S

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

Nikon D3X
35.3 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3X  vs D3S 

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

Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data *1.
Nikon D3X


9.3 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon D3X  vs
Megapixels 24.4 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 6048 x 4032 4256 x 2832
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 35.3 microns 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 6,400 ISO 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Self cleaning sensor No Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH 1,700 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH 1,700 LPH

focus system

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


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


Max continuous shooting 5 fps 9 fps
Battery life 4,400 4,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 161 ms 197 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 120 ms


Nikon D3X  vs
Video Unknown 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Manual


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


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

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 88 mm 88 mm
Weight 1,260 g 1,240 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


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
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