The D3S's connections are almost the same as the D3, with the exception of a new, smaller micro-HDMI socket, and the addition of a 'mic' socket for an external stereo microphone, which nestles next to the A/V out socket, on the right hand side (with the lens pointing towards you) of the camera. There are two ports here - the smaller one houses a standard mini USB socket, which is used for connecting the camera to a computer, either for image download, or when shooting remotely via Nikon's optional Camera Control Pro 2 software.

Camera Base / Tripod Mount

The bottom of the D3S is unchanged from the D3. The base of the camera has a soft rubber foot made from similar material as the grip. The metal tripod mount is located in line with the center of the lens and the focal plane.

Flash Hot-shoe

The D3S has a standard (ISO 518) accessory shoe which is compatible with third party flash systems for flash sync and more advanced i-TTL with the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400. Non-TTL Auto available with the 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s. Note that the 'flash ready' icon on the viewfinder status LCD will only light when using one of the Nikon SB series Speedlights listed above.

Lens Mount / Sensor

Below on the left you can see the D3S's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor). Lenses are inserted twisted clockwise and lock in place with an anticlockwise turn. This is a standard Nikon F lens mount and can use almost the complete range of Nikkor F lenses (although some features are only available with newer type G or type D lenses). The D3S supports the aperture ring found on older AI lenses, but cannot be used with the earliest so-called 'pre-AI' optics. Despite being full-frame it also supports 1.5x crop DX format lenses automatically and masks the viewfinder view accordingly.

Supplied In the Box

Box contents may vary by region:

  • Nikon D3S digital SLR body & body cap
  • BS-2 accessory shoe cover
  • EN-EL4a Lithium-ion battery
  • MH-22 Quick Charger & power cable
  • UC-E4 USB cable & cable clip
  • EG-D2 A/V cable
  • shoulder strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Warranty, user manuals, quick guide, software install guide, reg. card