Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D700 vs D3S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D700
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 D700
10.0
Nikon D3S
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D700 vs D3S

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

Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D700
2,200 LPH
Nikon D3S
1,700 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
197 ms
Nikon D3S
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D700
45 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D700
400 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
5 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D700  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D700
12.1 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D700
25,600 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 D700
0.72x
Nikon D3S
0.7x

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

Nikon D700
71.4 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D700  vs D3S 

10.0
8.0
The D700's ultra high-resolution 920,000 dot 3in LCD screen and 12 million pixel CMOS sensor have been proven in the D3, and the D700 can shoot at ISO speeds spanning an incredible ISO 100-25.
Nikon D700

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D700  vs
D3S 
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 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH 1,700 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 147 x 123 x 77 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 77 mm 88 mm
Weight 1,074 g 1,240 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 D700  vs
D3S 
Video None 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p N/A Yes
Shoots high speed video N/A No
External mic jack N/A 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 922 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 95% 100%
Magnification 0.72x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.72x 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 9 fps
Battery life 1,000 4,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 197 ms 197 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 120 ms
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