Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D4s vs D3S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D4s
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 D4s
10.0
Nikon D3S
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D4s
n.d.
Nikon D3S
9.5
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, sonyalpharumors.com, imaging-resource.com and 2 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon D4s 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D4s vs D3S

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

Nikon D4s
2,965 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D4s
43 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4s
11 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D4s
3,020 photos
Nikon D3S
4,200 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D4s
24.7 bits
Nikon D3S
23.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon D4s
13.3 ev
Nikon D3S
12.0 ev

Features Key features of the Nikon D4s  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D4s
16.2 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D4s
409,600 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 D4s
0.7x
Nikon D3S
0.7x

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

Nikon D4s
53.5 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D4s  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 25,600 ISO 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 409,600 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 1,350 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 D4s  vs
D3S 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 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 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 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 3,020 4,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
11 fps
Shutter lag 43 ms 43 ms
Nikon D4s
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