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Category: Advanced Amateur and Pro

The Nikon D3s is the update to the D3 and features 12.1MP resolution on a new FX-format (36.0 x 23.9 mm) high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor with an ISO range of 200-12,800, expandable to ISO 102,400.

Nikon has a fast and accurate 51-point AF System with 15 cross-type sensors. An expanded buffer allows continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (Fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images at 9fps, making the D3s an ideal full-frame digital SLR camera for sports photography.

The Nikon D3s captures movies in motion-JPEG format with HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels) at 24 fps. High-Sensitivity Movie Mode automatically adjusts the ISO setting from ISO 6400 to ISO 102400 (equivalent), and makes possible movie recording in dark situations even beyond the capacity of the human eye. High-fidelity stereo sound recording is possible by attaching an optional external microphone.

Nikon D3s with external microphone attached

The extra large 3.0-in. LCD has 921k-dot resolution and is protected by rugged tempered glass for superior durability. The body features magnesium alloy construction and is fully weather-sealed.

An optional Wireless Transmitter supports wireless image transmission, with up to five cameras connected at one time. Other optional accessories include a GPS Unit GP-1 and Speedlights SB-900 and SB-600.

Nikon D3s Top View

Nikon D3s Top View

Other features include: Nikon's first Image Sensor Cleaning function for an FX-format flagship camera, Scene Recognition System, Electronic Virtual Horizon, Active D-Lighting, twin CF card slots, Quiet Shutter-release Mode, and minute improvements such as a 5-degree inclination of the Command Dials for natural rotation using your index and thumb fingers, a top control panel that is inclined 5.5-degree toward your eyes, and a redesigned AF-ON button for a more assured response.

The Nikon D3s should easily become a favorite of sports photographers who desire a full frame digital SLR camera with fast performance, advanced pro features, and exceptional low noise capability.

 
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QuickFact™ Sheet
Nikon D3s US | CA | UK | Imaging | Microsite
Image Sensor 12.10 Megapixels, CMOS sensor, 36.0 × 23.9 mm; Nikon FX format
File Format NEF (RAW), TIFF (RGB), JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG
Lens Mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Recording Media

CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA)

Dust Reduction System

Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

Auto White Balance

Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored), and color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine tuning

Viewfinder Pentaprism, 100% frame coverage, 0.7x
Depth-of-Field Preview

Yes

Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
Metering System 3D color Matrix metering, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program, Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M)
ISO

ISO 200 to 12800; ISO 100; up to ISO 102400

Shutter Speed 1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Continuous Shooting Speed Approx. 9 fps
Live View AF Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame; TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
LCD Monitor 3.0 in. TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor, 920,000 (VGA)
Movie Motion-JPEG format with HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels) at 24 fps.
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm / 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.
Weight Approx. 1,240 g/2 lb. 12 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
MSRP (Body only) US $5,199.95 / CDN $5699.95 / UK £4199.99 / €5100.00

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Technical Specifications
Nikon D3s US | CA | UK | Imaging | Microsite
Type  
Type

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens Mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Picture Angle

Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)

Image Sensor  
Type

CMOS sensor, 36.0 × 23.9 mm; Nikon FX format

Pixels

12.1 million

Total Pixels

12.87 million

Dust Reduction System

Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

Storage  
Image Size 1. FX format (36×24): 4,256 × 2,832 (large), 3,184 × 2,120 (medium), 2,128 × 1,416 (small)
1.1.2× (30×20): 3,552 × 2,368 (large), 2,656 × 1,776 (medium), 1,776 × 1,184 (small)
1. DX format (24×16): 2,784 × 1,848 (large), 2,080 × 1,384 (medium), 1,392 × 920 (small)
1. 5:4 (30×24): 3,552 × 2,832 (large), 2,656 × 2,120 (medium), 1,776 × 1,416 (small)
File Format 1) NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed,
2) TIFF (RGB),
3) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available,
4) NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System

Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted

 

Storage Media

CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA)

 

Double Slot

Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards

File System

Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21, and PictBridge

Viewfinder  
Type

Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame Coverage

FX (36x24): Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal), 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal), DX (24x16): Approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal), 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 100% (vertical) and approx. 97% (horizontal)

Magnification

Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)

Eyepoint

18 mm (-1.0 m-1)

Diopter Adjustment

-3 to +1 m-1

Focusing Screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen with AF area brackets

Reflex Mirror

Quick return

Depth-of-Field Preview

When Pv (depth-of-field preview) button is pressed, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)

Lens Aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled

Lens  
Compatible Lenses 1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR*1: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions)
2) DX NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/1.2x (30×20)/5:4 (30x24) image size
3) Other AF NIKKOR*2: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II
5) Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only)

Electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster

*1. IX- NIKKOR lenses cannot be used *2. Excluding AF- NIKKOR lenses for F3AF
Shutter  
Type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter

Shutter Speeds

1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250

Flash Sync Speed

X = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s

Release  
Release Modes

Single frame, Continuous low speed, Continuous high speed, Quiet shutter-release, Self-timer, Mirror lock up

Frame Advance Rate (CIPA Guidelines)

• DX (24×16): Up to approx. 9 fps (CL) or approx. 9 to 11 fps (CH)
• Other image areas: Up to approx. 9 fps

Self-timer

Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s

Exposure  
Metering

TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

Metering System 1) Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
2) Center-Weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame, diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame)
3) Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range

1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)

Exposure Meter Coupling

Combined CPU and AI

Exposure Modes

1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program, 2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S), 3) Aperture-Priority Auto (A), 4) Manual (M)

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Exposure Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

Exposure Lock

Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

ISO Sensitivity

ISO 200 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV;
can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 or 3 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 12800;
auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting (ADL)

Can be selected from [Auto], [Extra high], [High], [Normal], [Low] or [Off]

ADL Bracketing

2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames

Focus  
Autofocus

Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection; 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible

Detection Range

-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Lens Servo

1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder

Focus Point

Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points

AF-area Mode

1) Single-point AF
2) Dynamic-area AF [number of AF points: 9, 21, 51, 51 (3D-tracking)]
3) Auto-area AF

Focus Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF)

Flash  
Flash Control 1) TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor are available with SB-900, 800, 600 or 400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22S
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900 and 800
Flash Modes 1) Front curtain sync
2) Slow sync
3) Rear-curtain sync
4) Red-eye reduction
5) Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

Flash-ready Indicator

Lights when Speedlight such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output

Accessory Shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units

Sync Terminal

ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

White Balance  
White Balance

Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored), and color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine tuning

White Balance Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3

Live View  
Modes

Tripod, Hand-held

Autofocus • Tripod: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
• Hand-held: TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)
Flicker Reduction

50 Hz and 60 Hz

Movie  
Frame Size (pixels)

1,280 × 720 (16:9) @ 24 fps (max. 5 min.), 640 × 424 (3:2) @ 24 fps (max. 20 min.), 320 × 216 (3:2) @ 24 fps (max. 20 min.)

File Format

AVI

Compression Format

Motion-JPEG

Audio

Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted

ISO Sensitivity

ISO 200 to 12800 (ISO 6400 to Hi 3 in high-sensitivity movie mode)

Monitor  
LCD Monitor

3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 7 level brightness adjustment

Playback  
Playback Function

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlight display, auto image rotation, image comment (up to 36 characters), and voice memo input and playback

Interface  
USB

Hi-Speed USB

Video Output

NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available

HDMI Output

Type C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected

Audio Input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)

10-pin Rempte Terminal

Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 version 2.01 and 3.01 (requires optional GPS Cable MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)

Supported Languages  
Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Power Source  
Battery

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4

AC Adapter

AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)

Tripod Socket  
Tripod Socket

1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Operation Environment  
Temperature

0-40°C/32-104°F

Humidity

Under 85% (no condensation)

Accessories  
Supplied Accessories

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC5, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM

* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area

Main Optional Accessories

Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E*, GPS Unit GP-1, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software

* Product name varies according to region, depending on local frequency channels available.

Dimensions and Weight  
Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm /
6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.

Weight

Approx. 1,240 g/2 lb. 12 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Related Links:

- Nikon D3s Press Release: US | CA
- Nikon D3s Video and Image Samples