Nikon D3S In-depth review
Nikon D3s specifications
|Price (body only)|| US: $5,199
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Sensor|| 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
12.87 million total pixels
12.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
|Image processor||Nikon EXPEED|
|A/D conversion||14 bit|
| 4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]
| 2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]
| 3552 x 2832 [L; 10.0 MP]
2656 x 2120 [M; 5.6 MP]
1776 x 1416 [S; 2.5 MP]
| 3552 x 2362 [L; 8.4 MP]
2656 x 1776 [M; 4.7 MP]
1776 x 1184 [S; 2.1 MP]
NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
|NEF compression|| Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80%
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60%
|Lens mount|| Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
No field of view crop (full-frame)
When using DX lenses / DX mode 1.5x FOV crop
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
|Auto Focus|| 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
|Lens Servo|| Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
|Focus Point|| Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
Live view (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
|AF Area Mode||
Single point AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
|AF assist||External Speedlite only|
|Exposure modes|| Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
|Metering range|| 3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
|Meter coupling||CPU and AI|
|Exposure lock||Locked using AE-L/AF-L button|
2 to 9 frames
|Exposure compen.|| +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Default: ISO 200 - 12,800 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
|Shutter|| Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
|DOF Preview|| Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates video recording in Live View mode
|White balance|| Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning
Manual presets (four)
Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
|Picture Control|| Standard
|Image parameters|| Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
Hue: 5 levels
|Color space|| sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes)
Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
|Viewfinder|| Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Frame coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.7x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
|Focusing screen|| B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
|LCD monitor|| 3.0 " TFT LCD
922,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
170° viewing angle
|LCD Live view||
Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
|D-Movie Video Mode||
|Shooting modes|| Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]: 1 - 9 fps
Continuous High [CH]: 9 fps (9 - 11 fps with DX format)
Quiet mode [Q]
|Continuous buffer|| JPEG Large/Normal: 130 shots (at 9 fps)
RAW: 40 shots (12 bit, uncompressed), ~36 shots (14 bit, uncompressed)
|Self-timer|| 2 to 20 sec custom|
TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-800, 600 or 400
|Flash Sync Mode|| Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
|Flash Accessory Shoe||ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided|
|Flash Sync Terminal||ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided|
|Flash compensation|| -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
|Creative Lighting System||
With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock
|Orientation sensor||Tags images with camera orientation|
|Playback mode|| Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
Auto image rotation
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
|Custom functions||46 custom functions|
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
GPS: NMEA 0183 (Veer. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
|Communications||FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)|
|Storage|| Dual Compact Flash Type I or II
UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
|Power|| Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a/EL4
Included dual battery charger MH-22
Optional AC adapter EH-6
|Battery monitoring||The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL3e battery:
Remaining charge (%)
No. of shots taken since last charge
Battery life (5 stages)
|Dimensions||160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||1246 g (2.7 lb)|
Temperature: 0 - 40 °C / 32 - 104 °F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-D3, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cap BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM
Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
- 18 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 19 Photographic tests (DR)
- 20 Photographic tests (DR)
- 21 Photographic tests
- 22 Movie Mode
- 23 Compared to
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (JPEG)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (RAW)
- 29 Compared to (RAW)
- 30 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 31 Compared to (Resolution)
- 32 Compared to (Resolution)
- 33 Conclusion
- 34 Samples
|Sophisticated construction by the nature by Orchideon|
|Iguazu falls by Claudio Galli|
As with any creative pursuit, sometimes you find your photography stalled. And sometimes making a book of your cat photos is just the thing to get inspiration flowing again.
Following some initial lab testing results, Lensrentals has published a full review of the highly-anticipated Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art.
EyeEm has revealed the finalists for its fourth annual photography contest, the largest competition of its kind.
Via its strategic partnership with Huawei Leica is already in the smartphone camera development game, but chairman Andreas Kaufmann can imagine the German manufacturer taking things one step further.
In a blog post the imaging engineers behind the dual-camera in Andy Rubin's Essential Phone explain how the imaging components were developed and calibrated for best performance.
Tamron calls it an 'ultra-telephoto,' and for good reason: this lens offers a massive 27-600mm equivalent zoom range. But is it sharp?
It started with a great idea and a slick promotional video, and ended with the company headquarters being raided by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. Wired reports on Lily, the selfie-drone maker that never got off the ground.
With card readers disappearing from MacBooks, USB-C card readers are now a necessity. Macworld's helpful guide compares five models and decodes the current mess of card speeds and certifications.
A Sony a7S II mounted on the outside of the ISS' Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) for the last seven months has sent back some impressive 4K video and stills.
A Federal judge has refused to throw out a copyright case against controversial artist Richard Prince, who used an image by photographer Donald Graham in an exhibition.
Sony has teased its customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor.
QuikStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app and automatically creates 'stories' using the video clips you've shot during a day.
Journalists photographing a protest in the US Capitol building claim they were told by Capitol Police to delete photos and videos of arrests.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus secondary display can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.
Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for 'future visual creators' in the USA and Canada.
Take one Digital ELPH (or IXUS), rotate it vertically, add a fully articulating LCD and a lens with a camcorder-like focal length, and what do you get? Why, the Canon PowerShot TX1, of course. In this week's Throwback Thursday we revisit Canon's one-of-a-kind hybrid stills/video camera.
Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, here's the definitive video proof that yes, a $50,000 cinema camera beats the pants off a $50 camcorder in a side-by-side test.
Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally invest in that TSA Pre-check status: in standard security lines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a smartphone will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening.
Images have appeared which claim to show Nikon's forthcoming D850 DSLR, the development of which was announced this week. If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but no built-in flash.
To celebrate the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 lens' successful Kickstarter campaign, Lomography has announced a chrome-plated version of the lens in Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts.
Nikon just released four new firmware updates, adding features and fixing bugs in the D600, D610, D750 and the KeyMission 80.
It probably hasn't made your landscape photography bucket list just yet, but there's a good reason to visit Idaho. Here are 9 must-visit locations in this beautiful state.
Oops... Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom-powered cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus' to some Creative Cloud users yesterday.
Storm chaser and award-winning photographer Mike Oblinski just released his latest time-lapse, and it is absolutely stunning.
Looking to level up your video capture capabilities without buying a whole new camera? Blackmagic's Video Assist 4K is well worth considering, despite a few flaws and its lack of 4K/60p support.
We're big fans of Fujifilm's fast-growing GFX system, and the GF 110mm F2 lens is no exception. Positioned as the system's classic portrait lens, its optics are just as impressive with non-human subjects as well.
Nikon turns 100 years old today, and the company is celebrating with a wacky music video, some tributes to its history, and a new vision presented by president Kazuo Ushida.
Phottix just released the Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, replacing their Para-Pro line with a stronger, deeper and better made set of parabolic umbrellas.
The Moto Z2 is Motorola's first dual-camera smartphone and, compared to its predecessor, comes with a number of improvements and new camera features.
Researchers at Stanford have revealed a new '4D camera system' built for robots. The system is based on the same light field tech that allowed Lytro cameras to refocus images after they were taken.