Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D4 vs D3S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D4
10.0
Nikon D3S
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 D4
10.0
Nikon D3S
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D4 vs D3S

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

Nikon D4
2,965 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4
208 ms
Nikon D3S
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D4
43 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D4
300 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4
11 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D4
2,600 photos
Nikon D3S
4,200 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D4  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D4
16.2 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D4
204,800 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 D4
0.7x
Nikon D3S
0.7x

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

Nikon D4
53.5 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D4  vs D3S 

9.0
10.0
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
We found that the screen provides a clear view in most shooting conditions, and reflections aren't a major issue even in bright sunlight.
Nikon D4

Overall

8.8 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D4  vs
D3S 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3280 4256 x 2832
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 53.5 microns 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
JPEG
RAW
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 91 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 91 mm 88 mm
Weight 1,340 g 1,240 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

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

video

Nikon D4  vs
D3S 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
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 3.2" 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

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 11 fps 9 fps
Battery life 2,600 4,200
Continuous shooting
11 fps, JPEG
9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 208 ms 197 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 120 ms
Nikon D4
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