Nikon D3s Announcement

For those who are interested in the latest and greatest from Nikon, the new D3s has just been announced, along with a new 85mm F3.5G VR DX lens!

Nikon D3s

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.


  1. 1) LIBRA
    October 15, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Privet Mansurovy :) mne ochen’ nujny vashy sovety :)
    ya xochu kupit’ sebe prof. foto cameru, (otkrila temu na arbuze no ne nashla advise kotory mne nujen)
    ya xochu ne doroguyu cameru dlya nachinayush’ix…
    Chtob ne trudno bylo ispol’zovat’… Kakuyu vy mne sovetuyte kupit’?
    Zaran’e ogromnoe spasibo :)
    Prodoljaete v takomje duxe, kogda ya smotryu na vashy fotki mne zavidno :P :P (belaya zavist’)
    Ishlaringizga rivoj…

    • October 16, 2009 at 12:00 am

      LIBRA: А какой у Вас бюджет? Я бы посоветовал прочитать вот эту статью, которую я написал несколько месяцев назад:

      В принципе, недорогих профессиональных камер не бывает, но есть полупрофессиональные камеры, которые можно купить за $500-$1000, в зависимости от модели.

      Я бы посоветовал Nikon D5000 или D90 с хорошей линзой.

  2. 2) Ralph
    October 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Is the Nikon D3s a good camera for print work? Magazines, prints for sale, etc? Or is 12 mp too small for printing out and selling prints? Weddings, etc?


    Or should I wait for a D4s or replacement camera with a larger resolution sensor?

    • November 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Ralph, it depends on the size of prints you want to do. If you need extremely large prints for wall-sized pictures, then you need a camera with more resolution. Otherwise, the D3s is more than sufficient, especially for magazine-size prints. I printed out 20×30 prints from my D3s and I love the print quality…

      On the other hand, Nikon will be releasing a Nikon D4 with more pixels early 2011.

  3. 3) Marc
    February 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Is up-dating from a D2x to D3s worth the price. I shoot fine art, landscapes, and portraits. Can’t find D3x so that’s not an option plus they have now gone up to there original price of $8,000 if you can find one.

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