Nikon D3S Review

The Nikon D3S is a 12.1-megapixel professional-grade full frame (35mm) digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) announced by Nikon Corporation on 14 October 2009. The D3S is the fourth camera in Nikon’s line to feature a full-frame sensor, following the D3, D700 and D3X. It is also Nikon’s first full-frame camera to feature HD (720p/30) video recording. While it retains the same number of pixels as its predecessor, the imaging sensor has been completely redesigned. Nikon claims improved ultra-high image sensor sensitivity with up to ISO 102400, HD movie capability for extremely low-lit situations, image sensor cleaning, optimized workflow speed, improved autofocus and metering, enhanced built-in RAW processor, quiet shutter-release mode, up to 4,200 frames per battery charge and other changes compared with the D3. It was replaced by the D4 as Nikon’s high speed flagship DSLR.

Full-Frame (36 mm × 24 mm) 12.1 megapixel sensor with ISO 200–12800 (ISO 100–102400 Boost) using reworked gapless micro lenses

14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout

Image sensor cleaning (dust removal with 4 frequencies)

Nine to eleven frames per second in continuous and FX/DX mode

Quiet shutter-release mode

Faster operation workflow

Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs. Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools.

Larger buffer for 48 RAW frames in one burst

Enhanced built-in RAW processing with extended Retouch menu for image processing without using a computer

720p/24 frames HD movie mode for extremely low-lit situations,[3][4] 50/60 Hz flicker reduction, HDMI HD video output and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with optional manual sound level control. The Motion JPEG compression allows easy extraction of single frames afterwards as JPEG

Supports DX lenses (5.1 megapixels), viewfinder automatically masks. Newly added 1.2x crop factor

Multi-CAM3500FX Auto-focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage) with improved acquisition and tracking and Auto-focus calibration for up to 20 separate lens settings

1005-pixel AE sensor enables Auto-focus tracking by color, highlight analysis and Scene Recognition System

Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter with a rating of 300,000 actuations

Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus

Virtual horizon indicates in Live View mode, also available during video capture
“Active D-Lighting” with six settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)

Dual Compact Flash UDMA card slots (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)

Expeed 2 image processor with power management for up to 4,200 frames per battery charge

Dual battery charger as standard

Fully weather sealing with series of O-rings and other specialized seals available
GPS interface for direct geotagging, supported by Nikon GP-1

Nikon D3s 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera – Black (Body only) £227.0 

Nikon D3s camera kit – 77,700 shutter activations only £1250.0 

Used Nikon D3s Digital Camera (SH19770) £949.0 

EN-EL4a Battery For Nikon D2 D2H D2Hs D2x D2xs D3 D3S 2500mAh Li-Ion Camera £35.89 

Nikon D D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body EXC+++ £2508.0 

Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release Cord D3 D3s D3x D4 D200 D300 D700 D800 D810 £11.98 

XCSOURCE® Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon Camera D5100 D7000 D3s Without… £3.0 

Anniversary Camera Shoulder Strap For Nikon D4 D3x D3s D3200 D800 D7000 D600 £2.99 

Compact SLR DSLR Camera Bag Case for Nikon D3X D3S D300s D3000 D3100 D3200 D90 £19.49 

Digital Camera magazine with Nikon D3s Canon S90 fast lenses tested Feb 2010 £3.99 

Nikon D3s Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body Only Boxed – ST31088 £1299.0 

Battery for Nikon D3300 D3400 D5300 D5500 D560 D3200 D5200 D5100 D3100 D3S Df ++ £12.44 

Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release Cord D3 D3s D3x D4 D200 D300 D700 D800 D810 £8.58 

MK900 i-TTL Speedlite Master/Slave Flash for Nikon D3S D50 D60 D70 D70S D80 D80S £39.99 

Camera Shoulder Strap For Nikon D4 D3x D3s D3200 D800 D7000 D600 D810 D7100 D750 £2.99