announced the new FX-format D3S DSLR
today. This new professional-grade camera inherits many of the quality and
speed performance features from the D3. The D3S provides photographers with shutter
speed and aperture freedom thanks to a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200
to 12,800. Expanded ISO equivalent settings up to 102,400 and a setting of
ISO equivalent 100 are also available.
For the first time in a Nikon FX-format flagship camera, the
D3S incorporates Nikon's HD-quality D-Movie function. The D3S' broad ISO range
can be used while recording HD video clips. The D3s can capture smooth 1280x720
video at 24fps and features a new algorithm that helps to reduce the
"rolling shutter" phenomenon that is typical of DSLRs while panning.
With the motion JPEG codec, you'll also be able to extract
single frames from a video clip and save them as JPEG files. For sound
recording, the D3S offers a built-in monaural microphone augmented by a stereo
microphone input. When it's time to show off your videos, you can connect the
camera to a high definition monitor using the camera's HDMI port and an
The D3S uses a redesigned 12.1 megapixel FX-format CMOS
sensor, which has been optimized with the pixel count and large pixel pitch
maintained for even greater latitude in high ISO performance. This sensor can
capture images at 9 fps in the FX-format or up to 11 fps in DX crop mode. Nikon
also increased the buffer, enabling continuous bursts approximately twice that
of the D3 in the JPEG, TIFF, or NEF (RAW) formats.
Nikon also added an Image Sensor Cleaning function to the
D3S to help reduce dust accumulation on the optical low pass filter in front of
the image sensor. This function can be set to operate automatically when the
camera is turned on and off, or manually.
The D3S DSLR features two UDMA compatible CompactFlash card
slots that can be used for consecutive recording, simultaneous recording,
separating recording of RAW and JPEG files, transfering data from one card to
another, or to designate a slot for data-heavy D-Movie recording.
You'll find Nikon’s acclaimed 921,000-dot, 3.0-inch super
density LCD monitor on the rear of the camera. This LCD is viewable up to 170
degrees and is safeguarded by a tempered glass cover. A dedicated Live View
button provides easy access to two Live View modes: Tripod mode and Hand-held
The D3S is compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 GPS receiver which
can gather latitude, longitude, altitude, and (satellite) date of shooting.
The Nikon D3S is scheduled to be available in late November for
an estimated selling price of $5,199.95.
Highlights of the D3S:
- 12.1 mp FX-format full frame CMOS sensor
- Base ISO Range from 200 to 12,800, expandable from 100 to 102,400
- 9 frames per second at full resolution
- 720p HD video recording with stereo microphone input
- Same low light ability can be applied to movies
- 51 point AF system, 3D Matrix metering and Scene Recognition
- $5,199.95 estimated selling price