Nikon D3s

Summary of reviews for Nikon D3s
If you want to test the mettle of a camera intended to satisfy a craven need for speed, take that camera to a hockey game, one of the world’s fastest sports. That’s one of the tests to which I put the Nikon D3S, a brute of a camera that seems to adapt to any shooting or lighting conditions with ease. You might be hard-pressed to think of situations in which to use as high an ISO as that, but it’s there for the brave hearts among you.
Additionally, the benefits of the newly designed sensor outweigh any perceived drawbacks from a lower pixel count. Outside of specs, maybe the biggest problem with the D3S is supply and demand. At least at the time of this review, if you didn’t pre-order the camera when it was first announced, you may have to wait a while to get your hands on it.
Nikon more than any other camera company has taught us that a digital camera can perform better in low light than we’ve ever allowed ourselves to expect — seeing more like our eyes see, so that we can get better pictures without flash. They taught us this with the Nikon D3, whose expanded ISO setting was an astonishing 25,600. Journalists rely on the D3′s high ISO settings, making images that would have been impossible just a few years ago.
Been taught by a pretty good photographer that using Flash with your camera was just not the most elegant way to get great shots, I had to really master well my camera to get the best picture possible even in the worst conditions. Made to resist to the worst situations and built for professionals who need a Camera capable of sustaining heavy shocks including thermal ones, the D3s is made to last long, a very long time. After all if NASA decided to order last year some D3s for its Space missions to shoot the most outer space pictures ever, there must definitively be some good reason behind this choice.
Now that the Nikon field review is over, here is a complete listing of postings for the complete review. The different days were tailored towards the types of photographers that would use the camera. Day 1: Getting a feel for the camera again.
It offered high-quality results at high speed and offered a huge ISO range which was, at the time, way beyond the competition. The shots it was capable of caused many to prick their ears up and even convinced many well- established Canon pros to switch allegiances to Nikon. Since then a more consumer-friendly D700 version and a more studio-based D3x have followed.
Review Since the launch of the D3, Nikon has released a studio version, the D3x with its unsurpassed full frame resolution of 24Mp, and now comes the D3s intended for the photojournalist, sports and wildlife photographer. However, the D3s sensor offers significantly lower noise levels and an increased maximum sensitivity that hits a nocturnal 102400 ISO. The other major update is the introduction of a movie mode capturing 1280 x 720 resolution videos at 24fps.
About 2 years ago we reviewed the Nikon D3. The Nikon D3 was a benchmark camera for low noise at high ISO settings and the D3s claims to better on this. On the other side low high ISO noise allows to shoot without a tripod in many situations that otherwise would not be possible or allows to freeze high speed action at even modest light levels.
In the process, Nikon mounted a formidable challenge to Canon in the sports and action segment of the pro marketplace. A little over two years later, and Nikon is trying to build on the foundations laid by the D3′s runaway success. In fact the D3S and its predecessor are difficult to tell apart at a casual glance, but the D3S does offer some significant improvements, not least a new 720x1280p video capture mode, and several minor tweaks designed to make the new camera more competitive.
Thanks to this camera, Nikon got right back on track, and regained the position that had been theirs for so long: at the top of the list, and first choice for most photojournalists. The D3 performs very well at high ISOs, is fast and has a great autofocus. It’s only a few years ago that it was considered a miracle if you were able to take pictures at ISO 1600, and in the film era, ISO 800 was in fact the limit.
The Nikon D3S is the best low-light camera ever – period. Offering an incredible ISO range of 100 to 102,400, you really can use the D3S hand-held in the dimmest of lighting conditions, for both still images and 720p video. Pros will also love the 51-point AF module, 9-fps continuous shooting speed, large high-resolution LCD screen and weatherproofed body.
The D3S is a well-endowed camera with features aplenty including a very high ISO capability. Interesting, the camera’s resolution is a relatively modest 12.1-megapixels so it is clear that ISO speed performance remains a very high priority for Nikon. Moreover, the D3S has more than enough pixels for A2-size prints and beyond.
The D3s has an all-new FX format full-frame sensor and enhanced specification, rugged build and shooting controls. It’s expensive, much more expensive, but as with the D3, it’s certainly a whole lot of camera. The D3s is pretty much identical to its D3 predecessor and reveals how Nikon has evolved the former camera rather than gone for a revolutionary new model.
With the ability to almost see in the dark, this beast of a camera is probably the most versatile camera I have ever laid my hands on. As most of you know by now, I shoot with a Leica M9 rangefinder digital camera. Being so used to my compact Leica kit, something like a Nikon D3s would be huge, cumbersome, and heavy.
The Nikon D3s is the successor to the Nikon D3. The camera is not much of a change from the previous model except for higher ISO settings and the addition of a new video mode. Nikon users will still appreciate that much of their beloved D3 has not been touched and that this camera is still meant for its intended audience.
The new Nikon D3s is ranked right below, being a 12 Megapixel digital SLR for the photo journalist, sports and nature photographer. Followed by the Nikon D700, a compact version of the Nikon D3 which will be discontinued as soon as the Nikon D3s becomes available. This is an extensive part of the market where the Nikon D700, introduced in July 2008, undoubtedly takes up the largest share.

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