• Nikon D3s
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Based on 28 scores, 50 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    26
  • Good:
    1
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Great speed performance, Exceptional low light/high ISO performance, Excellent image quality, Sophisticated feature set.
  • A solid workhorse that really delivers the results. High ISO is stunning, as is the focus system, and everything else is a bonus
  • High quality photos, Incredible lowlight capability for video or stills, Excellent build quality

Cons:

  • "Only" 12 megapixels (may or may not matter to some photographers), HD video is "only" 720p, Learning curve and somewhat confusing Custom Setting menu system.
  • Movie mode could do more, price is limiting

Expert reviews and ratings

By EISA on

The Nikon D3S is so sensitive it can focus and shoot in conditions in which even the human eye cannot see. Although high ISO settings are a feature of most modern DSLR bodies, the quality of the Nikon D3S high ISO settings is unsurpassed for low noise...

By Engadget on

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 shaken up the industry. Nikon claims that it's set a new bar for low-light...

By Shutterbug on

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...

By 5FWD on 100

The Nikon D3S is a superbly engineered camera that looks the business and also does the business when it comes to ultra-high-quality still images. Find the cash for this beauty and youre unlikely to be disappointed though you may have to...

By DigitalCameraReview on

The Nikon D3S is probably among the most capable pro DSLRs on the market today. It has the feature set, speed, flexibility and image quality that professionals need with only a 12 megapixel sensor. You may not agree, but I would rather trade off some...

By The Imaging Resource on

So the Nikon D3S is an amazingly capable professional digital SLR, retaining most of what was great about the Nikon D3, and adding astonishing improvements in low-light capability and a larger image buffer size. Enough stayed the same, though, that...

By RegHardware on 90

So is the D3s the best full-frame DSLR currently on the market? Well, some photographers may hesitate here. Its not only the price tag, but its size and weight and unless you make full use of the increased low-light sensitivity and speed...

By What Digital Camera on 95

With the number of cameras launched every year it's easy for some to get forgotten. Some, however, stand out because of a unique feature. The D3s will be difficult to forget as the first to offer an ISO range that makes almost any lighting condition...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 100

The D3S is an incredibly sophisticated camera and a very tempting prospect for full-frame upgraders. It might even tempt some system...

By Photo Review Australia on 90

The D3s is the latest professional FX model in Nikon's DSLR line-up. A small step forward, rather than a major upgrade to the previous D3 series models, the D3s introduces a new sensor and adds a couple of new features but is otherwise almost...

By Gizmodo on

A $5000 camera is not within reach for most people. So this Nikon D3s review is a bit different—it's a peek at the near future of photography where shooting in any lighting condition is possible. It's really exciting. ISO Is the New...

By Videomaker on

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.Tom Cunningham is a video...

By Digital Photography Review on

It is hard to overstate the importance of the Nikon D3, not only to its parent company, but also to the market as a whole. The D3 had a profound transformational effect, raising photographers' expectations of low-light imaging permanently. The...

By PhotographyBLOG on 100

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...

By Expert Reviews on 100

On the surface, Nikon's D3s doesn't look as if it's changed substantially compared to the top-end model it's replacing, the D3. You get the same resolution from the 12.1-megapixel sensor and the body is practically identical, barring a...

By Pocket-lint on 90

This evolution of Nikons D3 full "FX" frame professional digital SLR brings new features such as HD movies into the frame. A new 12.1-megapixel sensor with improved circuitry allows superb image quality at very high ISO settings makes the D3s a...

By CNET Australia on 95

True night vision is a step closer with the Nikon D3S, a stunning professional dSLR on all accounts from still images to...

By PhotoRadar on 100

Nikons taken the opportunity to refresh the D3 with the D3S, in much the same way as its created the D300S, incorporating Nikons D-Movie mode and sundry other enhancements at the same time. And thats fair enough it might be...

By LetsGoDigital on 91

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...

By TechRadar on 80

When the D3s was announced a few months ago, it was difficult to see what the fuss was about.It looked exactly the same as the 24.5 megapixel D3x and the original 12.1MP D3.That wasn't where the similarities ended, either - Nikon has resisted the...