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Nikon D3S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 227 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. Reviewers really like the durability and low light performance. The usability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the image stabilizer and zoom. There are some mixed reviews about the software and video.

performance, image quality, usability, 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 ( review summary for Nikon D3S


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Nikon D3S from 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 Reviewers really like the performance.


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

Oct, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Nikon D3S


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Nikon D3S from 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 Many are critical about the portability and price.

price, portability

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

Oct, 2020

Expert review by : Darren Murph (

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

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (

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


Expert review by : Barnaby Britton (

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


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Nikon D3s review


For a long time, Nikon users had been eyeing Canon with a slight degree of envy. Canon's top models suffer less from noise. As a result, a group of photographers actually made the switch to Canon. That is; until Nikon introduced the D3. Thanks to this...

The D3 put Nikon back on track, and people were once again lining up for the brand. In fact, the Nikon D3 was already a beautiful DSLR camera that left very little to be desired. Yet Nikon managed to further improve the camera. That alone is a true...


Expert review by : Zoltan Arva-Toth (

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 (

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 : (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

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