Nikon D3s Hands On.

December 2nd, 2009
Nikon D3s

Nikon D3s

The New Nikon D3s will have trouble competing with Most of the Newer Canon DSLR’s out on the street. Nikon has wasted a good full frame sensor with only 12 megapixels and 720 /24fps HD movie mode.  At over $5K, this camera just does not deliver. When five grand will get you two Canon 7D’s with lenses, the choice should be simple.

Click Here for hands on test from DP review.

New 12.1 megapixel Full-Frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor

▪                ISO 200 – 12800 (ISO 100 – 102,400 in Boost mode)

▪                720p / 24 fps HD movie mode

▪                Eleven frames per second in continuous and DX mode

▪                Larger buffer for 48 RAW frames in one burst (18 on the D3)

▪                Multi-CAM3500FX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage),

▪                In-camera RAW processing

▪                Also supports DX lenses, viewfinder automatically masks (5.1 megapixels with DX lens)

▪                14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout

▪                Nikon EXPEED image processor

▪                Super fast operation (power-up 12 ms, shutter lag 41 ms, black-out 74 ms)

▪                Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 300,000 exposure durability

▪                Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)

▪                Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)

▪                Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)

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

▪                Compact Flash UDMA support

▪                3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor

▪                Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or improved (30% faster) contrast detect Auto Focus

▪                Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level, available on the LCD during video capture

▪                HDMI HD video output

▪                ‘Active D-Lighting’ ‘Extra High’ setting (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)

▪                Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on LCD monitor, changes color in darkness

▪                Buttons sealed against moisture

Dual battery charger as standard

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Sam Morgan Moore
December 3rd, 2009

As of today, 03/12/09, I have seen no good analysis of the D3s

For stills use I can say my D3 is a stellar performer 12mp is enough to please most clients and everything about the camera is rock solid AF, high ISO noise, Af, Af, feel in the hand,

Did I say the Af can be relied upon ?

So for a pro still cam I still think the D3 is the finest ever made


Really this camera is still a dark horse

We see with the canon cams that claim 1080 they have a true resolution of 720 or maybe less

Now if the D3 is getting a clean 720 it should be up there with the canons in terms of actual useable resolution

Controls are not clearly outlined in the spec of the camera either so that could be a killer but at this point I think it is too early to define the camera as a ‘waste’

December 2nd, 2009

It may be more appropriate to say that Canon wasted a new pro DSLR body an APS-H sensor when they failed to make the 1DMkIV a full frame camera.

Nikon has a different strategy than Canon for its pro level bodies, and they decided to go with a solid upgrade to the existing D3, re-engineering the sensor to provide video (720p) and a huge boost in light sensitivity. Video is not a priority for Nikon – their desire is to make a stills camera that is best in class, and the D3s is. Comparing test images on the net at high ISO between the 1D MkIV and the D3s, my eyes tell me the Nikon is way ahead, but reviewers will shortly do a thorough analysis in the coming weeks and give us some definitive answers.

Nikon has a 65% market share in the pro SLR market. That should say it all.

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