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Nikon D3S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 222 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. People are impressed by the size and low light performance. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. The software and video get mixed opinions. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer and zoom.

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

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 6 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 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 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)

Mar, 2019

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 Some have doubts about the portability and price.

price, portability

60% of the reviews on 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

Mar, 2019

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

Product Specifications


Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):4200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL4a / EN-EL4a/EL4
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails / Movie
Contrast adjustment: Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, ITA, JPN, KOR, RUS
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia
Playback mode:Rotation, Zoom
Playback Modes:Rotation, Zoom
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Dawn, Dusk, Fireworks, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Panorama, Party (indoor), Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight
Self-timer:2,10 / 2,5,10,20
Self-timer delay:2,10 / 2,5,10,20
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Manual, Sunny / Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921000
Field of view:100
Touch screen: No


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on / auto, Flash off, manual, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization, suppressed / Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/250
Shoe mounting point:Y


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:51
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Selective Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual

Lens System

Lens mount interface:Nikon F
Mounting type:Bayonet

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:200, 12800 / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
ISO sensitivity (max):12800
ISO sensitivity (min):200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/3EV step) / ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Matrix, Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:CF / SD, SDHC
Memory slots:2


Bluetooth: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash:No / Yes
Camera effective resolution:12870000
Camera shutter speed:1/8000 - 30
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP, Vista, 7\nMac OS X +
Data compression:JPEG, RAW
Digital SLR: Yes
Effective sensor resolution:12870000
HDMI ports quantity:1
Lens system:NIKKOR
Power supply type:Li-Ion
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:HDMI, USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW, TIF
Image sensor size (W x H):1.42 x 0.941
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:4256 x 2832
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768 / 4,256 x 2,832\n3,184 x 2,120 \n2,128 x 1,416 \n3,552 x 2,368 \n2,656 x 1,776 \n1,776 x 1,184 \n3,552 x 2,832 \n2,656 x 2,120 \n1,776 x 1,416 \n2,784 x 1,848 \n2,080 x 1,384 \n1,392 x 920
Supported aspect ratios:16:9
Total megapixels:12.87

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic / Electronic, Mechanical / Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD / Not supported
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 640 x 424
Motion JPEG frame rate:24
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:24
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 216,640 x 424 / 320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions