Nikon D3S Review

Nikon D3S Review: For Sports, Nature, And Press Photographers

The new Nikon D3S replaces the D3 that has been very successful with sports and press photographers. In doing so, Nikon mainly wants to incorporate improvements and innovations that photographers have demanded, such as video recording, the new sensor cleaning or the “silent release” mode. Another highlight is the maximum light sensitivity of up to ISO 102,400, for which the 12-megapixel CMOS sensor has been completely redesigned.

We have this article about the Nikon D4, where we do a complete review of this camera.

Pros And Cons Of The Nikon D3S

Pros

  • RAW development and image processing directly in the camera (but cumbersome to handle)
  • Very high continuous shooting speed, fast and reliable autofocus
  • Equipment, features, and functional scope at the highest level
  • Very high-quality housing with many switches and knobs
  • Extremely low noise up to the highest ISO levels, up to ISO 6,400 almost without loss of detail

Cons

  • No useful autofocus for video recording
  • Multifunction selector in portrait format difficult to reach
  • No on-board flash (e.g. for wireless flash control)

 

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A 35mm camera with almost no compromises – that’s what Nikon offered with the Nikon D3 several years ago. Now the traditional manufacturer has refreshed the professional camera and added a new sensor and video recording capability to the Nikon D3S full-frame DSLR.

What has remained is a very conservative resolution of 12 megapixels – and a “professional” price of around 5,000 dollars. According to Nikon, the Nikon D3S is the ultimate tool for the professional press, sports and nature photographers.

Our review clarifies whether the image quality, features, and performance of the Nikon D3S meet this standard – and whether the camera is worthwhile even for ambitious amateurs.

The standard sensitivity range of the CMOS sensor, which corresponds to the 35 mm full format with 36 x 23.9 mm, ranges from ISO 200 to 12,800, but with the extensions, Lo 0.3, 0.7 and 1.0 (corresponds to ISO 100) and Hi 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 and 3 (corresponds to ISO 102,400) used by Nikon, a setting range of 11 f-stops is achieved.

Also in movie mode, besides ISO 200 to 12,800, high settings are also available, but you must switch to high-sensitivity video mode. During video recording, only manual focusing is possible. The maximum video resolution is 1,280 x 720 pixels at 24 frames per second, stored in AVI Motion JPEG. The sound is recorded via the integrated mono microphone, a 3.5mm stereo jack socket allows the connection of an external stereo microphone. The sensitivity of the microphone in the camera is adjustable.

 

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The continuous shooting speed reaches a maximum of 9 fps at full resolution, if you switch to the DX-format “down”, up to 11 fps are possible. Still, images and movies are stored on one of two CompactFlash memory cards; only CF-I format is supported, but with UDMA.

The photographer can choose whether the second card is used for backup copies or whether RAW images are stored on one card and JPEGs on the other. There is a copy function as well as (as a novelty) a built-in RAW-to-JPEG developer where the following parameters can be set: JPEG compression, image size, white balance, exposure correction, picture control, noise reduction, color space and vignetting correction.

A proven and further improved function is the “Active D-Lighting”. This function is intended to provide better-drawn shadows and has four manual steps in addition to an automatic function: Extra strong, amplified, normal, and moderate. Nikon emphasizes the use of conservative image processing in the Nikon D3S to ensure that sharpness and detail are maintained.

 

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The rear screen measures 3″ (7.6 cm) diagonally, has a resolution of 921,600 pixels (corresponds to VGA with 640 x 480 pixels), and can also be viewed at an angle of 170°.

The Nikon D3S has a LiveView function, with focusing either via the image sensor (in tripod mode) using contrast autofocus or by briefly folding down the mirror using the Multi-CAM3500 AF module with its 51 spot sizes, 15 of which are cross sensors, familiar and proven from the D3, D3x, D300, and D300S. A virtual horizon can also be displayed in live mode.

The reflex viewfinder with 0.7x magnification and 100% field coverage is indispensable for professional photography. However, three alternative image formats can also be set via masking, whereby the image field coverage then shrinks to around 97%.

The formats are 5:4 (30 x 20 mm used sensor area), 1.2x crop (30 x 24 mm used sensor area) and DX (24 x 16 mm). New and desired by photographers is the sensor cleaning, which vibrates the low-pass filter in four different frequencies to shake off the dust.

 

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In contrast, the robust, water, and dustproof magnesium housing has been proven and retained. The shutter and exposure metering has also been retained. Shutter speeds range from 1/8,000 s to 30 seconds, bulb long exposure is also possible. The shortest flash sync speed is 1/250 second.

The TTL exposure metering works with a 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, the so-called 3D Color Matrix Metering II, which, however, only works with Nikkor G and D type lenses. With other processor-controlled lenses, the “3D” must be omitted, with lenses without processor control also the “II”, the lens data must be entered manually.

Exposure compensation can be set in the range of +/- 5 EV, and bracketing can be made with two to a maximum of nine images. The step size for both functions is either 1/3, 1/2, or 1 light value step. The professional functions are complemented by your 10-pin accessory interface, which allows the connection of remote releases or a GPS receiver, for example. The Nikon D3S also has a flash sync jack, HDMI terminal, and system hot shoe, but not a built-in flash.

 

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Ergonomics and Workmanship

You will be surprised when you take the Nikon D3S in your hands for the first time (well, at least I was surprised). The case alone weighs almost 1.5 kilos. Together with the “standard” zoom 24-70/2.8G ED (with which we tested the camera), it’s 2.4 kg that tugs at the photographer’s hand.

Nikon has already chosen a quite light, yet extremely resistant magnesium alloy for the case. But it’s not just the sheer mass, the dimensions also make the camera look like a true bolide and make it unmistakably clear: the Nikon D3S is a professional tool.

With its portrait format handle firmly integrated into the housing, it does not fit into a handbag under any circumstances, but rather requires a roomy photo case. The voluminous camera housing accommodates a large Li-Ion battery (11.1 V, 2,500 mAh), which is sufficient for full 4,200 exposures according to CIPA standard measuring procedures. The quick charger in the scope of delivery takes two of these batteries at once but charges them one after the other.

The long back makes room for a brilliant 3-inch monitor with 921,000 pixels (VGA resolution) and an additional display that provides constant information about the set ISO sensitivity, image quality and white balance setting. Another display is located on the top, where the Nikon D3S summarizes much more information in a clear and concise manner. A glance at the monitor, which can be optionally switched on, with its almost overflowing wealth of information is usually not necessary – more information than the displays show is usually not required.

However, the main screen offers the possibility to directly adjust selected camera parameters (such as color space, the behavior of the AE-L/AF-L button, etc.). And even more: Here the hurried photographer chooses one of his four shooting and individual configurations. So the camera can be adjusted to the personal needs quite fast.

However, the switch settings are not overwritten by the “personal programs” and customizations. In the Nikon D3S’s LiveView mode, the main display is also used for image control. Although the display cannot be tilted, the LiveView works very well – as long as the sun does not shine on the highly reflective display surface.

 

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In line with the wishes of many professional photographers, the Nikon D3S houses a wide range of connectivity options (remote shutter release, external microphone, HDMI, GPS receiver, and more) splash-proofed under sturdy rubber flaps. And their multitude of dedicated switches and knobs also suits the professional.

ISO sensitivity, white balance, image quality, metering mode, and much more can be set quickly. Many switches are configured by default in such a way that they must be pressed with the left-hand side of the dial while the right-hand side of the dial is used to adjust the assigned values.

In this way, the Nikon D3S effectively prevents anything from being accidentally misaligned. If you do not like the resulting two-handed operation, you can reconfigure the behavior of the buttons.

In general, the Nikon D3S can be adjusted to a greater extent than almost any other camera. You should definitely take a lot of time for this because the numerous and quite long menus don’t make it easy to adjust a certain parameter quickly.

 

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Not quite happy is the way Nikon has distributed the switches across the Nikon D3S’s case. For example, the selector switch for the exposure metering method is located at the top of the mirror housing, and video recording is started with the Pv button on the front of the housing. But at the latest when you take the camera in your hand, these little annoyances are forgotten: The Nikon D3S is held comfortably and securely with its distinctive grip handle, with the index finger resting over the shutter release by itself.

And last but not least, thanks to the very pleasant surface material, you won’t want to let the camera out of your hand. Typical for Nikon, the front dial of the Nikon D3S is positioned quite low. This way the middle finger can easily find it, but the index finger has to travel an unnecessarily long way to get there.

In portrait mode, however, the Nikon D3S doesn’t want to fit quite so comfortably in the hand. But the biggest shortcoming here is: The four-way controller is almost out of reach for smaller photographer’s hands in portrait format!

However, the very bright viewfinder, which displays the image section 100 percent at 0.7x magnification, is no cause for reproach. The solid tripod thread is also located where it belongs: in the optical axis.

The camera offers two slots for CF cards – and thus up to 128 gigabytes of storage space with the current card capacity. The second card can not only serve as a reserve but can also optionally record JPEG copies of the RAW images (now also with 14-bit color depth) on the other card or save backup copies.

Equipment And Features

There’s only one word to describe the Nikon D3S’s features and functionality: “complete”. To list all features of the camera would go far beyond the scope of this review. In principle, this was already true of its predecessor, the D3.

Nevertheless, Nikon has managed to give the current Nikon D3S a number of other useful features. First and foremost, the immense light sensitivity of the Nikon D3S’s new image sensor – up to a breathtaking ISO 102,400 can be set. The Nikon D3S is also very trendy with its video recording capability. With up to 1,280 by 720 pixels at 24 frames per second (HD resolution), the camera records movies but stores them in the not-so-fresh Motion JPEG format.

Also, during video shooting there is only a rather leisurely contrast AF available, which has to be activated with the AF button during recording – so it is better to focus manually. For sound recording, there is an internal mono microphone and a mini-jack socket for connecting an external stereo microphone.

 

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One of the outstanding features of the Nikon D3S is its breathtaking continuous shooting speed. It records nine images per second (eleven images with reduced resolution). The camera maintains this rapid speed until the buffer memory is full – in our tests this was the case after about 35 shots.

Coupled with its excellent high-ISO capabilities (more on this in the “Image Quality” section), which allow shots with very fast shutter speeds even in low light conditions, the Nikon D3S thus becomes, even more than its predecessor, perhaps the best action camera currently available. The fast and accurate autofocus, even in low light conditions, also contributes to this.

 

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What the Nikon D3S clearly lacks, however, is a built-in on-board flash. Not that she needs him to light up dark scenes. But a small fill-flash, which brightens up shady areas if necessary, would also look good on the Nikon D3S. Especially since an on-board flash could also be used for wireless control of system flash units. So you need to add another device to the Nikon D3S as a master flash – a rather expensive setup!

Nikon’s flash system offers everything a photographer’s heart desires. The advanced i-TTL flash control takes into account both the focus position of the lens and the ambient light when calculating the flash output.

Of course, the Nikon D3S is also capable of flash sync, masters flash to the second shutter curtain and, in conjunction with a suitable system flash unit, can minimize the dreaded “red-eye effect” via pre-flash. The Nikon D3S also has a PC sync socket for connecting a studio flash.

 

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So apart from the missing onboard flash, there are few wishes the Nikon D3S leaves behind – also on the software side. A completely new feature is the ability to edit RAW images right in the camera. Without a PC, the hurried photographer can adjust the white balance and image size, set the desired noise reduction or assign one of four freely configurable “Picture Control” settings to his RAW image.

But the “image editing” directly in the camera is not really fun, it is too complicated for that. Compared to the previous model, the shadow brightening function (called “Active D-Lighting” by Nikon) has been expanded – it now has four manual settings from “Moderate” to “Extra Strong” in addition to the “Auto” level. Also new: the Nikon D3S records RAW files with 14-bit color depth on request – this promises even finer differentiation of colors and tonal values.

What’s impressive is the wide range of parameters that can be used to influence the image result in the Nikon D3S right from the moment of capture. The “Picture Control” function, with which up to four picture styles can be defined, should be mentioned here in particular. Each of these image styles stores presets for sharpness, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation and can even simulate color filters.

The Nikon D3S’s ISO automatic is also very sophisticated, and is entirely in line with the photographer’s wishes. This is because it is possible to specify which exposure time should not be exceeded so that the Nikon D3S increases the ISO number when this value is reached. Of course, the Nikon D3S features mirror lock-up, a self-timer, and the ability to take almost any length of the image at a very user-definable interval.

A new addition to the Nikon D3S is a “Silent Mode” that provides extra damping of the mirror impact. With such a wealth of features, the question now arises as to whether the Nikon D3S’s image quality leaves as little to be desired by ambitious photographers as its impressive list of features.

 

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Lens Of The Nikon D3S

Nikon offers an impressive range of full-frame lenses to match the Nikon D3S. In an emergency, the camera will also accept lenses with APS-C image circle (DX lenses) and then automatically switch the image size to the smaller format. We tested with the AF-S Nikkor 24-70/2.8 that is the lens provided by the local dealer.

In practice, Nikon’s wide-angle and telephoto zooms – all with a continuous light intensity of F2.8 – were used. As usual for Nikon, there is an image stabilizer only in the lens. But not every Nikon lens is equipped with a “Vibration Reduction” system – in our case, only the 70-200/2.8 had the abbreviation “VR”. Normal focal lengths and even wide angles are not stabilized. Once again, the ability to select high ISO numbers on the Nikon D3S without fear of “noise” to achieve fast shutter speeds proved extremely helpful. On the other hand, an object-based image stabilizer has the invaluable advantage that the viewfinder image also stands as if nailed down.

 

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Like its predecessor, the Nikon D3S has two LiveView modes: By default, it focuses via the phase AF in the camera’s base – accompanied by real “mirror flip orgies”. Unpleasant side effect: While focusing, there is no viewfinder image and no feedback whether the camera has found a focus point. There’s also a tripod mode, in which the Nikon D3S focuses very slowly using contrast-type AF via the image sensor.

Praiseworthy that Nikon allows to zoom into the viewfinder image in both LiveView modes and to focus manually. The phase autofocus has 51 measuring fields (15 of which are cross sensors) to determine the focus point. The camera can “track” a moving subject with the AF points, which even works with “3D tracking” when a subject moves suddenly out of focus.

In practice, the 24-70/2.8 always proved to be an adequate partner for the Nikon D3S. Thanks to the “Silent Wave Motor” it focuses almost silently and quite quickly on the selected point.

In the test with the testing software, the Nikon D3S allowed an average of 0.54 seconds for the camera to focus and fire. But even at a focal length of 14 millimeters, which is rather critical for AF (with the Nikkor 14-24/2.8), the Nikon D3S’s autofocus showed no weaknesses – it always found its target. It’s a good thing that Nikon even thought of a rubber sealing of the bayonet ring when it came to the “standard zoom”. Even though the lens shows no loss of brightness almost all the way to the far corners, the Nikon D3S can optionally eliminate vignetting from any G and D lens as soon as it is captured by the software.

Image Quality Of The Nikon D3S

The Nikon D3S’s sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels – which is extremely low for a full-frame camera. But Nikon’s thriftiness does have its correction: The fewer sensor cells have to share the total area, the larger each individual cell can be. And the larger a sensor cell is, the less susceptible it is to interference signals, which then become noticeable in the photo as noise.

Nikon has already shown that this calculation works with the D3 and D700. The current Nikon D3S is now taking another big step forward in low noise: Up to ISO 6,400, the sensitivity can be increased without compromising image quality.

Although the noise increases continuously between ISO 200 and ISO 6.400, it always retains an extremely pleasant character: it is very fine, almost looks like analogue grain and, above all, shows almost no coloured interference pixels. It is impressive that Nikon achieves this fantastic low noise without any software tricks, the RAW files prove it in an impressive way: Up to ISO 6.400 the raw data shows less image noise than some cameras at ISO 800!

Because the Nikon D3S is so unobtrusive when it comes to denoising, even high-ISO images still show an impressive wealth of detail. The fact that the camera can process a contrast range of at least 8.5 f-stops at almost all ISO levels is certainly helpful here. Whereby Nikon visibly puts more emphasis on well-drawn depths and less on excellent altitude dynamics.

The output dynamic range is also very good, with the Nikon D3S close to optimum at almost all sensitivity settings. From ISO 12.800 on, however, the internal noise filter visibly intervenes in the process: The disturbances become more extensive, the images appear smoother and with less detail. As the ISO numbers continue to rise, there is then a loss of structure and unsightly colour disturbances – ISO 25,600 and higher are, on balance, only a stopgap measure. In practice, the formidable high-ISO capabilities mean you hardly ever need a flash on the Nikon D3S. Even in the dim light of a pub and a dimly lit street scene, the Nikon D3S delivered low-noise, detailed images.

 

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The Nikon D3S is professionally restrained not only in terms of noise but also in terms of color reproduction, sharpness, and detail. The tone curve is almost linear, only in the extreme depths, and highlights the camera draws a little softer. The Nikon D3S is extremely conservative in its sharpening, which allows it to reproduce edges very accurately.

Artifacts caused by subsequent sharpening or excessive anti-aliasing filters are also alien to the camera. This makes the image results look a little “flat” and “limp” at first glance. On the other hand, the restrained coordination opens up all possibilities to adjust the result of the picture to the requirements of the motive or the taste of the photographer.

During a short studio session, the camera proved itself so well, even with very detailed, high-contrast and colorful scenes, the Nikon D3S coped well. For those who prefer “crisper” results directly from the camera, the “Picture Control” feature gives you all the options you need to adjust the Nikon D3S to your requirements. Hardly any reason for criticism so far, only the JPEG compression could be timider in the highest quality level.

The 12-megapixel resolution has another advantage: the demands on the lens are still moderate. And so the Nikkor AF-S 24-70/2.8 does well on the Nikon D3S: although the resolution at open aperture drops to 60 percent of the theoretical maximum towards the edges, fading to F5.6 significantly improves the resolution at the edges.

The edge dimming is not quite optimal with an open aperture, but already when the aperture is closed to F5.6, “vignetting” is no longer an issue. Unfortunately, the lens has a little bit of a flaw in the distortion, which is clearly barrel-shaped at 24 millimeters but is okay again at the other focal lengths. The Nikon D3S’s sophisticated metering system, however, offers no cause for complaint. It always delivers perfectly exposed results even under difficult conditions.

 

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Conclusion: Is The Nikon D3S Worth It?

Is the camera worth its price? One thing is certain: hardly any other 35mm camera currently delivers such noise-free and yet detailed photos up to the highest ISO regions; in this respect Nikon has visibly improved the Nikon D3S once again compared to its predecessor.

The Nikon D3S is also at the forefront in terms of continuous shooting speed, autofocus performance and features. However, there is room for optimisation in terms of ergonomics, in particular the control pad (“multi-function selector”) should be positioned better.

The LiveView concept is not yet fully convincing, the contrast AF is too slow and the phase AF too cumbersome to use. This applies even more to the video function, which does not make an HD recorder obsolete at the current state of the art.

If you’re looking for a fast and, above all, “light-sensitive” camera for action, reportage or nature photography that is also impeccably finished, the Nikon D3S is the perfect choice – but you’ll have to dig deep into your pocket. The camera also cuts a good figure in the studio thanks to its restrained set-up, as long as 12 megapixel resolution is enough. It would be nice if Nikon would also realise the image quality of the Nikon D3S with a cheaper model – for example, a successor to the D700.

Specifications Of The Nikon D3S

Profile
Manufacturer Nikon
Model Nikon D3S
Price approx. 5.000 EUR***. Currently, cheaper used models are found
Sensor Resolution 12.87 megapixels
Max. Image resolution 4.256 x 2.832
(aspect ratio) (3:2)
Lens AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED
Filter thread 77mm
Viewfinder Pentaprism
Field of view 100%
Enlargement 0,7-fold
Dioptre compensation -3 to +1 DPT.
LCD monitor 3″
Resolution 921.000
rotatable
swiveling
as Viewfinder yes
Video output PAL/NTSC, HDMI (component)
as Viewfinder yes/no
Automatic programming yes
Automatic aperture control yes
Automatic timer yes
manual exposure yes
BULB long time exposure yes
Scene modes No
Portrait
Children/baby
Landscape
Macro
Sports/action
More No scene modes in this professional camera
Exposure metering Multi-field (3D Color-Matrix measurement II), center-weighted Integral, Spot
Flash
Guide number
Flash connection System hot shoe, sync socket
Remote release Cable, infrared
Interval recording yes
Storage medium 2x CompactFlash
Video mode yes
Format AVI
Codec Motion-JPEG
Resolution (max.) 1.280 x 720
Frame rate (max.) 24 frames/s
Sensitivity
automatically 100-102.400 (upper limit adjustable)
manually ISO 100-102.400
White balance
Automatic yes
Sun yes
Clouds yes
Fluorescent lamp yes (7 types)
Incandescent lamp yes
Miscellaneous Shadow, flash, mercury vapour lamp, WB fine correction
Manually yes (5 memories)
Autofocus
Number of measurement fields 51 (thereof 15 cross sensors)
AF auxiliary light
Speed 0,44-0,66 s**
Languages English
More 21 additional languages
Switch-on time 0,3 s
One-hand operation
(zoom and shutter release)
Weight
(Ready for operation)
1.440 g (body only) 2,428 g (with lens**)
Continuous shooting function*
Number of serial images 32 (JPEG) 31 (RAW)
Frequency
(frames/s)
9.0 (JPEG) 8.9 (RAW)
Continuous run
(images/s)
3.9 (JPEG) 3.1 (RAW)
with flash
Zoom
Zoom adjustment at the lens
Zoom levels infinitely variable
Time WW to Tele
Memory speeds*
JPEG 0.2 s (3.3 MByte)
RAW 0.9 s (18.3 MByte)
Trip during
.Saving possible.
yes
Battery life approx. 4,200 pictures (according to CIPA)
– = “not applicable
“* with SanDisk Extreme IV (45 MB/s) 8 GB CompactFlash memory card**
with lens AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED***
without lens

Brief assessment

Pros

  • RAW development and image processing directly in the camera (but cumbersome to handle)
  • Very high continuous shooting speed, fast and reliable autofocus
  • Equipment and functional scope at the highest level
  • Very high quality housing with many switches and knobs
  • Extremely low noise up to the highest ISO levels, up to ISO 6,400 almost without loss of detail

Cons

  • No useful autofocus for video recording
  • Multifunction selector in portrait format difficult to reach
  • No on-board flash (e.g. for wireless flash control)

Nikon D3S Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0) 12.9 megapixels (physical) and 12.1 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 8,5 µm
Photo resolution
4.265 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
3.184 x 2.120 pixels (3:2)
2.128 x 1.416 pixels (3:2)
Image formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2), DCF standard
Video resolution
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 24 p
640 x 424 (3:2) 24 p
320 x 216 (3:2) 24 p
Video format
AVI (codec n.a.)

Lens

Lens mount
Nikon F

Focus

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 51 sensors, 15 cross sensors
Autofocus functions Single autofocus, continuous autofocus, manual
Sharpness control Live view

Viewfinder and monitor

SLR viewfinder Reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 18 mm interpupillary distance, dioptre compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 DPT), replaceable focusing screens
Monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor with 920,000 pixels
Info display additional information display (top and rear)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 1,005 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Automatic) Bulb function
Exposure control Programmed automatic, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Exposure bracketing function Step size from 1/3 to 2 EV
Photosensitivity ISO 200 to ISO 12.800 (automatic) ISO 200 to ISO 12.800 (manual)
Remote access Remote triggering
Scene modes No scene mode programs are available for this camera
White balance Automatic, clouds, sun, flashlight, fluorescent lamp with 7 presets, incandescent light
Continuous shooting 9.0 fps at the highest resolution, 9-11 fps at a reduced resolution of 10 megapixels in DX-format (APS-C) from the sensor center.
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 s interval, special features: or 10 s (optional)

Flashgun Of The Nikon D3S

Flash no built-in flash – available Shoe: Nikon, standard center contact

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
CF (Type I)
GPS function GPS external
Power supply unit Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL4a (lithium-ion (Li-Ion), 11.1 V, 2,500 mAh)
Playback functions Image index
Image parameters Contrast
Special functions Live view
Connections Data interfaces: USB USB type:USB 2.0 High-Speed WLAN: available
AV Connections AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Tripod thread 1/4″
Special features and miscellaneous UDMA CompatibleAF Motif DetectionActive-D-Lighting System15 AF Cross Sensors from 51 AF Sensors16-Bit
Expeed Processor Waterproof
Magnesium Housing

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Weight 1.400 g (ready for operation)

Miscellaneous

standard accessory Nikon EG-D2 Audio- / Video cableNikon
EN-EL4a Special battery Nikon
MH-22 Charger for special batteries Nikon
UC-E4 USB cableNikon
View Pro Software BS-2
Hot shoe coverDK-17
EyecupBL-4
Battery cover AN-Nikon D3S
Carrying strap – Image editing software
Nikon Picture ProjectImage editing software
Nikon Capture NX2 Trial version
additional accessories Nikon DK-17M (magnifying eyepiece) EH-6 Power AdapterWireless
Transmitter WT-4GPS
Receiver GP-1

 

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.