Nikon D3S Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12.1 megapixels CMOS sensor
  • 720p, 24fps HD video
  • 9fps continuous shooting
  • Low-noise ISO 200-12,800 (expandable up to ISO 102,400)
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor
  • 51-point auto focus
  • 3.0-inch Live View LCD Display
  • JPEG/TIFF/RAW formats
  • HDMI output
  • Release Date: 2009-11-30
  • Final Grade: 81 B

B

Nikon D3S
An older DSLR that still might warrant a look.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Nikon's D3S is an impressive update to the two-year-old D3, and is hailed as the best low-light camera ever. It has native ISO up to 12,800 (expandable to a jaw-dropping 102,400), and the pictures are actually of publishable quality at that full native sensitivity. At about $5,000, we'd expect it to be amazing, but it truly does have abilities never seen before, and sets the standard for top-end pro dSLRs to come. The design is sturdy but comfortable to hold, and includes features like HD video (only 720p, sadly), RAW image processing. This is one advanced piece of machinery.

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