For those who are interested in the latest and greatest from Nikon, the new flagship D3s has just been announced, along with a new Nikkor 85mm F3.5G VR DX lens! This is a dream camera for many sports, event and wildlife photographers and it appears that Nikon was able to accomplish new heights with this highly anticipated release.
Here is the official press release from Nikon USA:
Today, Nikon Inc. announced the FX-format D3S D-SLR, providing professional photographers with a powerful tool that redefines the boundaries of digital SLR versatility, while maintaining the strength of superior image quality and high speed performance inherited from the groundbreaking D3. The D3S enables not only new opportunities in low-light photography, but also provides photographers with added shutter speed and aperture freedom with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800. Additionally, expanded ISO equivalent settings up to a staggering 102,400 are available, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible.
The Nikon D3S builds upon the success of the Nikon D3—the professional digital SLR that set new standards for D-SLR performance and utilizes a newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that also integrates its amazing low-light ability to High Definition (HD) video, creating a uniquely capable multi-media tool to meet the needs of a changing imaging landscape.
“When the Nikon D3 was released, it ushered in a new era of professional digital imaging. Today, the D3S will further reinforce Nikon’s leadership role in the photographic industry as a pioneer in performance-driven technologies that will again break once-rigid picture-taking barriers,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “The ruggedly constructed D3S was engineered to address the real-world needs of professional photographers and provides them with a tool that, when combined with their skills, delivers stunning images in a broad range of shooting conditions and assignment requirements.”
Full specifications are available here.
Good job Nikon! Unbelievable! Finally, the megapixel race is over and once again Nikon proves that it is not about megapixels, but more about image quality, which the new D3s more than delivers. I cannot even imagine how one could use ISO 102,400 on a digital camera. With a native ISO going from 200 to 12,800, this is a new low-light king for sure!
Just take a look at these sample images here. OMG! The boxer image @ ISO 6,400 looks incredible, I would say as good as ISO 1,600 on my D700, which means two full stops of added sensitivity.