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Nikon D3S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 234 reviews of Nikon D3S. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the durability and low light performance are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the video. The image stabilizer and zoom get less positive reviews.

performance, usability, image quality, low-light, durability

price, portability, flash, zoom, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon D3S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon D3S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Nikon D3S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability and usability. The price and portability also get good feedback.

performance, portability, price, usability, durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only)Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only)

Sep, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon D3S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Nikon D3S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the focus and durability. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical views about the portability.

performance, price, usability, durability, focus

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60% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR LensNikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR Lens

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Darren Murph (engadget.com)

Shooting around with the Nikon D3S: the field review

 

Nikon's D3S didn't exactly emerge out of nowhere, but the DSLR's boosted ISO ceiling of over 100,000 (102,400, if we're being precise) has certainly

World-class low-light performance ; Insanely fast ; Stunning image quality

Pricey ; No 1080p movie mode ; Heavy

Jun, 2010

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by: Barnaby Britton (dpreview.com)

Nikon D3S Review

 

When the Nikon D3 was launched in August 2007, it had an immediate impact on the DSLR market, and not only in the professional sector. The D3 was Nikon's first DSLR with an FX (full frame) CMOS sensor, but its major selling point, in the minds of many...

Unmatched image quality at high ISO settings. Incredibly efficient sensor. A new benchmark ; Excellent AF and metering performance ; Compatible with virtually all Nikon AF lenses, and most MF lenses (up to 9 AI spec or later manual focus lenses can be...

White balance isn't brilliant in artificial lighting (but few cameras shine in this respect) ; AF array is smaller (as a proportion of viewfinder area) than D300S, which makes swapping between cameras awkward in some shooting situations ; Vertical...

In terms of versatility, the Nikon D3S is the best DSLR we've ever tested, and the image quality in ultra low light is a major selling point. If you don't need to take advantage of the D3S's high ISO settings though, the D700/D300S offer better value.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Tim Stevens (engadget.com)

Nikon's D3S officially announced, previewed extensively

 

One day after having been leaked to the wilds and then officially announced, Nikon has opened the floodgates on the upcoming D3S, an upgrade to last year's D3 that was oh so warmly received. Early indications are the D3S is just as hot, adding a ...

Oct, 2009

Essential

Expert review by: Zoltan Arva-Toth (photographyblog.com)

Nikon D3S Review

 

The Nikon D3S is a 12-megapixel full-frame digital SLR camera that boasts a sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 12,800; expandable all the way to an incredible ISO 102,400. Successor to the popular Nikon D3, the Nikon D3S is a fully-fledged pro DSLR...

If you've read the entire review, you'll know by now that the Nikon D3S is an exceptionally good camera. It inherits everything that was good about the D3, improves on a few things that weren't, gains a few new features, and takes image quality to a...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: (consumersearch.com)

Best all-around pro DSLR

 

For professional photojournalists -- and anyone else who needs the best camera money can buy for shooting fast action (such as sports) and in low light -- experts prefer the Nikon D3S. At 12.1 megapixels, it offers only about half the resolution of the...

Full-frame sensor, outstanding low-light image quality, high-speed shooting at 9 fps, fast, accurate autofocus, shoots 720p HD video, heavy-duty build for pro use

No built-in flash, lower resolution than rivals (12.1 megapixels), heavy and bulky

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Nikon D3s Review

 

The Nikon D3s is a serious, professional body with quality and ergonomics to match. It is fast, and works very well in low light and at higher ISOs with an extended usable ISO range compared to most other dSLRs. This is the camera to shoot action in...

Extremely well built, with good weather sealing, Brilliant high ISO image quality - probably one of the best cameras around for shooting in low light, Produces sharp, detailed images with good resolved detail, Very good auto focus system, Perfectly...

Bulky and heavy, a good workout if you're looking to carry it all day, 12.1 megapixels was considered a mediocre resolution in 2008, AWB tends to add a warm cast under incandescent lighting, Menus are very complex, and memorising where which option is,...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Videomaker (videomaker.com)

Nikon D3S DSLR Review

 

The D3S is aimed at the professional photographer or video producer. Combining crisp pictures with amazing color and the abilities to shoot in any lighting situations possible changes the rules from ordinary video capture.

High quality photos, Incredible low-light capability for video or stills, Excellent build quality

Video autofocus is loud and slow, HD video in 720p 24fps only, Low video resolutions

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Pop Photo (popphoto.com)

Camera Test: Nikon D3S

 

No question, as the first camera with ISO 102,400 to hit the market, Nikon's new D3S ($5,200, body only) is a groundbreaking achievement. Canon's announcement that its upcoming EOS-1D Mark IV ($5,000, body only) will match that sensitivity only...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Bright Hub (brighthub.com)

Nikon D3s Review

 

In this Nikon D3s review, we take a look at what makes the D3s standout even among cameras with higher resolutions. The D3s focuses on durability and high image quality in low light conditions.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: dcworld (digitalcameraworld.com)

Nikon D3s hands on review video

 

What are the main features of Nikon's full-frame professional level camera and how well does it perform? Ben Brain, Digital Camera's Deputy Editor, takes a look at Nikon's new flagship D-SLR, the D3s, a direct update to the popular D3, released back in...

Feb, 2010

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