Nikon D3s Digital SLR Camera ( Body Only ) - 12.1 Megapixel - 3" Active Matrix TFT Color LCD - 25466

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on 5/31/2011

This is the best Nikon body you can buy, if you can find it. The earthquake in Japan knocked out the D3s factory. If you can get this, you will have the best Nikon body on the market. It takes amazing pictures and work great in low light. You can use it in any situation. Read More

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Product Overview

Power. Precision. Performance. The bluprint for versatility.

The D3S is uniquely qualified to meet the changing needs of photographers whose assignments demand 100% from them and their equipment. Leading with uncompromising FX-format multimedia versatility and engineered for demanding professional use at up to 9 fps, the D3S' rugged magnesium alloy construction, comprehensively sealed against dust and moisture, delivers on its promises of superiority. Exacting moments in time are captured to an expanded buffer, allowing continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images.

Nikon's newly engineered, original 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, teamed with exclusive technologies such as EXPEED image processing, Nikon's Scene Recognition System and a fast, accurate 51-area AF system, work together to assure that both still and smooth 24 fps HD video files exhibit incredible edge-to-edge sharpness, rich color depth and broad tonal range, while barrier-breaking performance enables low-noise ISO sensitivity to 12,800.

Expanded ISO sensitivities of 25,600, 51,200 and an astounding 102,400, shatter many long-standing rules of photography. Audio to accompany HD video is preserved with a built-in microphone, while high fidelity stereo sound is recorded through the external Mic input using an optional microphone. More proven technologies include Nikon's renowned 1,005-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, assuring exacting exposure evaluation and white balance detection. Precise image review and menu access comes to life with the D3S' tempered glass-protected and individually factory-calibrated 3-inch, 921,000-dot Live View monitor. A self-diagnostic shutter, tested to beyond 300,000 cycles, and a myriad of inherent benefits stemming from decades of Nikon design experience, round out the D3S' qualifications to meet the needs of professional photographers.


Manufacturer Nikon
Mfg Part# 25466
SKU 213689665
UPC 018208254668
UPC 14 00018208254668
Product Guide Click Here for the Nikon Store
Nikon-original FX-format CMOS Sensor
Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 12,800
Continuous Shooting Up to 9 FPS
HD Video Capture
One-button Live View with Two Shooting Modes
3-Inch Super-density 921,000-dot VGA LCD Monitor
Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
Fast, Accurate 51-Point AF System
1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Scene Recognition System
Rugged and Precise Magnesium Alloy Construction
Nikon Picture Control
100% Viewfinder Coverage
Dual CF Card Slots with Overflow, Backup and Copy Options
Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator
Approx. 4,200 Images per Battery Charge
Tech Specs
Image Sensor Format: FX
Image Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Size: 36.0 x 23.9mm
Total Pixels: 12.87 million
Effective Pixels: 12.1 million
Image Area (pixels):
(L) 4,256 x 2,832
(M) 3,184 x 2,120
(S) 2,128 x 1,416
1:2 format (30 x 20)
(L) 3,552 x 2,368
(M) 2,656 x 1,776
(S) 1,776 x 1,184
5:4 format (30 x 24)
(L) 3,552 x 2,832
(M) 2,656 x 2,120
(S) 1,776 x 1,416
(L) 2,784 x 1,848
(M) 2,080 x 1,384
(S) 1,392 x 920
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 9 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options:
CH: Up to 9 frames per second
CL: Up to 8 frames per second
5:4 format
CH: Up to 9 frames per second
CL: Up to 8 frames per second
CH: Up to 11 frames per second
CL: Up to 10 frames per second
LCD Monitor Size: 3 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor Type: VGA TFT Super Density
LCD Monitor Resolution: 921,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View: 170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments: Brightness, 7 levels
Shutter type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed:
30 sec. in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed:
1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes
Mirror Lock Up: Yes
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity:
200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity:
12,800in steps of 1/3
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Hi-3 (ISO 102,400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options:
Hi-1, (ISO-25,600 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Hi-2, (ISO-51,200 equivalent), 1 EV step
Hi-3, (ISO-102,400 equivalent), 1 EV step
Storage Media: CompactFlash© (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA) MicroDrive©
Card Slot: 2 CompactFlash© cards
File Format:
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Product Attributes
Camera Features Red-Eye Reduction
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 12.1
Focus Mode Auto
Max Shutter Speed o 1/8000
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 24
Min Shutter Speed 30
Resolution 4256 x 2832
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