Nikon D3S Officially Announced

d3s_allNikon have made the D3S official now. When launched it will cost just shy of $5,200. With a price tag like that you can expect a very good quality camera. The Nikon D3S is an upgrade to the older D3 model. Nikon have said that it’s the most significant S upgrade they have made.

Inside the new camera has a 12.1 megapixel camera with a full frame CMOS sensor. Also a dust reduction system can be found inside. The camera has an effective ISO of an impressive 102,400.

The camera can capture video also at HD in 720p mode at 24 frames per second. However, it will not capture video at full HD. The camera is being pitched as working well in low light situations with Nikon saying it can capture things your eyes can’t even see.

Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3S is ruggedly constructed with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer’s vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to 300,000 cycles for maximum accuracy and longevity. Rigid and precise magnesium alloy construction and the familiar form factor of the D3 extend consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder provides 100-percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon’s acclaimed 921,000-dot, 3.0-inch super density LCD monitor which is viewable up to 170 degrees, and is safeguarded by a tempered glass cover. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3S can capture up to 4200* shots per single charge of the camera’s Lithium-ion battery.

The full press release along with technical details can be read here. Via: CrunchGear


  1. Carl Barron says

    This thing looks like a Monster to me. I would have to cart this along in a ‘Shopping Trolley’ and have a ‘Car Battery’ spare in the trolley to charge up the huge lump of battery that comes with this thing.

    Don’t the designers ever use these things, because if they did they would design them smaller more compact and more user friendly.

  2. Carl…it is clear you’ve never used one. They are way comfortable – moreso than smaller bodies. Plus the additional size gives many advantages, such as the ability for the manufacturer to put a host of quick access controls. This allows a photographer the ability to make quick adjustments of key settings – a must for a pro. Additionally, most pros use ‘fast’ lenses – they let more light in. Typically the pro lenses are larger and heavier. The larger cameras allow for a more balanced setup. A small camera on a large lense is very front heavy. I understand consumers want small, but they love to pretend there aren’t compromises in doing so. If you aren’t a pro, don’t critisize the pro cameras.

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