Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DF vs D3S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon DF
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 DF
10.0
Nikon D3S
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon DF vs D3S

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

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
274 ms
Nikon D3S
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon DF
54 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Nikon D3S
4,200 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon DF  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon DF
16.2 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon DF
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 DF
0.7x
Nikon D3S
0.7x

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

Nikon DF
53.1 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon DF  vs D3S 

8.1
8.9
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

8.0
8.0

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon DF  vs
D3S 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488 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 53.1 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
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 51
Cross type focus points 9 15
Supports continuous Yes No

shutter

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

form factor

Size 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm 88 mm
Weight 765 g 1,240 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

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

video

Nikon DF  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 3.2" 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 5.5 fps 9 fps
Battery life 1,400 4,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps
Focus lag 274 ms 197 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 550 ms 120 ms
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