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.
- 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
- Part Number: D3SBODYONLY
- UPC: 0018208913558
- Release Date: Nov 30, 2009
Nikon-original FX-format CMOS Sensor
Newly engineered for striking image fidelity and low-noise, optimizing pixel size and count in a 12.1-megapixel sensor to produce extraordinarily rich files.
Continuous Shooting Up to 9 FPS
Secure exacting moments in time with an expanded buffer, allowing continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images.
One-button Live View with Two Shooting Modes
Two modes for studio or remote shooting—Tripod Mode offers 27x magnification for precise focus confirmation.
Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
Ultrasonic process combats the accumulation of dust on the optical low-pass filter, safeguarding image quality.
Fast, Accurate 51-Point AF System
4 Dynamic modes and 15 cross-type sensors deliver AF precision and razor sharpness.
Scene Recognition System
Referencing an onboard image database, teamed with RGB metering, SRS enhances exposure and white balance evaluation and improves AF speed and accuracy.
Nikon Picture Control
Four preset options and 9 customizable settings provide personalized style control.
Dual CF Card Slots with Overflow, Backup and Copy Options
Approx. 4,200 Images per Battery Charge
Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 12,800
Renowned low-noise performance at 12,800, plus expanded settings to an astounding ISO 102,400 (equivalent) and ISO 100 (equivalent).
HD Video Capture
Record smooth 24 fps HD video, leveraging low-noise D3S image quality along with high fidelity stereo sound capability.
3-Inch Super-density 921,000-dot VGA LCD Monitor
D3S monitors are individually calibrated during assembly to assure accuracy.
Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
Drives breathtakingly rich image fidelity, low-noise and fast image processing.
1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon-pioneered RGB metering includes color information to intelligently determine more accurate exposures.
Rugged and Precise Magnesium Alloy Construction
Effectively protected from invasive dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference with a self-diagnostic shutter mechanism tested to exceed 300,000 cycles.
100% Viewfinder Coverage
Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator
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