Nikon announces Nikon D3s Estimated street Price: $5200

by Enche Tjin on October 14, 2009

Nikon just announce Nikon D3s, an update to Nikon D3. D3s has most of D3 features such as 12 megapixel image resolution, full frame sensor, integrated battery/vertical grip, 100 viewfinder coverage and 51 auto focus points.


There are some areas that improved such as: Native ISO is now up to 12800 from 6400 and expandable to H3 which is outrageous 102400. We don’t know yet how good is the ISO at Hi3. But this is clearly the first camera that dare to offer this setting. From the images shown in Nikon USA, image at ISO 12800 is quite clean and clear.

Continuous burst remain the same at 9 fps, but when you shoot in DX (1.5x crop) mode, you can increase it to 11 fps. in DX mode, image resolution will drop to 5.1 megapixel.

Body design is very similar to D300, but there are some new dedicated buttons such as live view and info button.

Nikon D3s also got some Nikon D300s features, such as video recording mode (720p) and the quite mode, which is good for unobtrusive shooting.

Nikon D3s specs (What’s New compared to Nikon D3)

  • ISO performance: ISO 12800 as standard, expandable to ISO equivalent of 102400 (Hi 3)
  • Nikon FX sensor with 12.1 megapixels resolution
  • Improved D-Movie function including High-Sensitivity Movie mode and flicker reduction function
  • Dust Reduction System
  • 9 fps in FX format, 11 fps in DX crop (5.1 mp)
  • 51 AF points
  • Durable shutter unit proven by 300,000 cycles
  • Battery last for approx. 4,200 frames per charge
  • New Live View button
  • Quiet Shutter-release mode for unobtrusive shooting
  • HD (approx. 921k-dot), 3-in. LCD monitor with tempered glass
  • Price: Estimated $5199.95 USA
  • Nikon-AF-S-DX-85mm-f35G-ED-VR_frontAvailable late November

Along with Nikon D3s, Nikon also announce new Nikon AF-S 85mm f/3.5 VR DX Micro lens ($530). The lens announcement is pretty disappointing for many fans because they expect Nikon to put out Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 VR instead.

Next to read

  1. Nikon D3s brochure
  2. Detailed Nikon dSLR comparison table
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