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Nikon D3S

Monday 26 April 2010


Rating of 5

The basics

The Nikon D3S is an update to Nikon’s popular D3 DSLR model but calling it just an update does it a disservice. This is now a 12.1 megapixel DSLR with full-frame CMOS sensor, and a camera that shoots HD video at 720p. There’s a dust-reduction system to ensure optimum performance, high-sensitivity light mode and an effective ISO of 102,400. Frame shots on the viewfinder by all means but you’ll want to review them on the 3in colour LCD.

The good

One of the fastest DSLR cameras you can get, the DS3 is just perfect for capturing quick-moving action shots. It can record at up to 11fps (frames per second) so can easily catch a car whizzing by, or a dart in mid air. You do lose a little resolution by engaging the fast (continuous) shooting mode but the images are still fantastic, with rich colours and amazing detail.

The bad

Yes, the 720p HD video mode is more than just a bonus but it doesn’t compete with the Full HD (1920x1080) available on Canon EOS models like the 5D Mark II and 550D. This is also a serious level of investment so you’ll need to be sure about just how big your love of photography is.

The bottom line

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 you’re unlikely to be disappointed – though you may have to brush up your own photography skills to match it.
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User comments (9)

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bob berry

why isnt there a price tag with this camera!!!!!

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Martin Morgan

You know what they say if you have to ask you probably can't afford it!! But in case you can they range from £2500 if your lucky upto £4500

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That looks really ugly!

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woooo hoooo thats expensive

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I have reviewed the Nikon D3 in several locations and studios. Fan blinkin tastic, but I'm an anologue lover myself. I own 2 nikon 35mm film, Kodak twin lens and purchasing my first full hassleblad kit (Still better quality than most digital cameras). The D3s is a serious contender though.

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Michael Poole

I own a Nikon D3 & a D200. After 40 years of film photography,today's digital technology never ceases to amaze me! And yes I agree,you really do have to 'hone' your photo skills when using the D3 /D3s,as it is a camera and a darkroom all in one ''box''.Beautiful piece of engineering that will last me many,many years

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This camera is incredible, my faverouite toy! I really want one. im a student and im lucky that the college owns one of these bad boys! they are amazing with high quality! I cant wait to get my very own, but will be waiting a long time.

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David Slater

Just a little confused. the competition tonight featured 250 items, surely it would be better to have the mutts nuts of item in each category as you are the Gadget Show (the best teck). less is more as they say.

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