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Nikon D3s FX DSLR main features

Nikon D3s FX DSLR main features - See the new features of the Nikon D3s DSLR. Prepare to be amazed.

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Nikon D3s in Digital SLRs

Nikon D3s front no lens

Nikon list the main features of the new Nikon D3s DSLR including the new HD video, high ISO, reworked sensor and improved autofocus system.

ISO performance: ISO12800 standard, expandable to equivalent ISO102400

Professional photographers can now rely on ISO 200 to ISO 12800 as the professional standard of image quality for their assignments — an incredible advantage when shooting indoor sports, stadium events at night or any other shooting situations where light is limited and Speedlights are not practical. Shooting at ISOs as high as 12,800, the D3S can take commercial-quality, pin-sharp images in low light at action-freezing shutter speeds — a capability that will open a new world of photographic opportunities. When needed, the D3S expands to the amazing ISO equivalent of 102,400, still revealing colours and details even in extremely low-lit places where human eyes may find it difficult to discern objects. This exceptional low-noise performance also applies to D-Movie capture, which creates new potential for multimedia projects and assignments.

Large pixel pitch: the 12.1-megapixel FX-format advantage

The D3S’s image sensor has been completely redesigned from the D3; the inner structure has been further optimised, with the pixel count and large pixel pitch maintained for even greater latitude in high ISO performance. As a result, the D3S captures and renders light in ways that no other ordinary digital SLR cameras has yet achieved, with a significantly higher signal-to-noise ratio and a wide dynamic range for unmatched image quality for both still images and movies throughout the broadened ISO sensitivity capabilities.

New and improved D-Movie function

From well-lit scenes to extremely low-lit situations, the D3S’s D-Movie mode delivers unique versatility. The newly refined D-Movie offers HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels) Nikon D3s back viewMotion-JPEG movies at 24 fps. By controlling the aperture from the widest f-stop to the smallest, the large FX-format sensor renders low-noise images with beautiful bokeh effects from a large selection of NIKKOR lenses. High-Sensitivity Movie mode allows users to shoot at up to ISO equivalent of 102,400 in places too dark to see clearly with their own eyes. D-Movie footage is easy to trim in-camera by simply selecting the starting and ending point. An extra bonus for sports and news photographers is the ability to save selected movie frames as JPEGs for immediate print and web publishing needs. The D3S has both an internal mono-aural microphone and an external stereo microphone input, enabling higher fidelity audio recording.

Image sensor cleaning: assured protection
Another significant improvement from the D3 is the employment of the Image Sensor Cleaning function, which generates vibrations at four specific frequencies to optimise dust removal. This function can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned on and off, or manually.

EXPEED: Nikon’s comprehensive approach to quality digital images
Nikon’s fast, comprehensive, and energy-efficient approach to in-camera image processing maintains the rich initial data’s integrity through 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image-processing, which demonstrates the enormous creative potential of NEF (Nikon Electronic Image Format). Combined with Nikon’s FX-format sensor, the D3S produces an exceptional tonal range and minimized tone jumps. Users can expect more accuracy with difficult colour combinations such as skin tones and strong reds in the same frame without over-saturation and finer tonal gradation in highlights, even with extremely bright subject matter.

Lateral chromatic aberration reduction: edge-to-edge sharpness

The D3S corrects colour fringes caused by chromatic aberrations that, in some instances, can appear at the edges of differing subject elements. Lateral chromatic aberrations are corrected regardless of lens type — whether telephoto, wide-angle, non-CPU and other types of NIKKOR lenses.

Active D-Lighting: rescuing tone in highlights and shadows
Nikon’s Active D-Lighting automatically regulates the dynamic range of high-contrast scenes, pulling out shadow details and preserving highlights while maintaining proper contrast. The D3S allows photographers to choose from six Active D-Lighting settings, including the newly added Auto and Extra High, as well as High, Normal, Low and Off. You can also bracket Active D-Lighting strength levels up to five frames and select the best rendition afterwards.

Picture Control: custom-tailored tone and colour
Picture Control helps you define the look and feel of your images by custom-tailoring sharpness, saturation and other parameters to match your creative intentions. The D3S comes with four pre-installed Picture Control profiles, which can be fine-tuned and saved as new custom Picture Control profiles that match your personal shooting style or particular shooting conditions. These profiles can easily be copied to additional cameras.

Speed and readiness throughout the workflow
The D3S optimises workflow speed and fluidity throughout the entire shooting process. Start-up time is approx. 0.12 seconds* and release time lag is minimised to approx. 0.04 seconds*, exactly as fast as the D3, but the D3S’s increased buffer memory is twice as large as that of the D3’s. In addition, the D3S’s autofocusing, image processing, memory card access and recording, USB interface and optional wireless transmitter all work together to keep professional photographers focused. And for sport and news photographers, many of the D3S’s JPEG files are print-ready with little or no post-production: an extra edge when time is short.
* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

9-frames-per-second* shooting rate in FX-format, 11 fps* in DX crop
The D3S’s continuous shooting rates are impressive, and the D3S’s powerful stepping motor allows for a more steady delivery of fast continuous shooting speeds at a wider range of aperture settings than lesser cameras can claim. Professionals will now have greater control and fewer limitations when making the images they desire. With the DX crop, photographers can also add a 1.5x picture angle and a faster frame rate to their arsenal. Furthermore, the factory-installed buffer memory is twice the capacity of the D3, dramatically increasing the power of continuous shooting.
* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

Scene Recognition System: enlightened accuracy and intelligence
Nikon’s exclusive 1,005-pixel RGB sensor precisely reads brightness and colour information to raise the overall accuracy of AF, AE, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance to new heights, thanks to the Scene Recognition System. The D3S’s AF delivers superb subject tracking and subject identification performance. Highlight analysis used for AE reproduces brightness faithful to the eye, and light source identification makes auto white balance uniquely precise and reliable.

51-point AF: fast and accurate subject acquisition
Nikon D3s top viewThe D3S’s strategically positioned 51 AF points deliver faster focus, even with quick and/or erratic subject movement. The 15 cross-type sensors in the centre of the frame maintain the same outstanding performance with any AF NIKKOR lens f/5.6 or faster. There are four Dynamic-area AF options, including 51 points (3D-tracking), which accurately follows your subject by shifting focus points using colour and brightness information from the Scene Recognition System. This gives users an extra advantage when composition is important but your subject’s movement is extremely erratic. Single-point and Auto-area AF modes are also available.

Sophisticated AE with highlight analysis
Nikon’s exclusive 3D colour matrix metering II is highly praised for its outstanding performance and faithful exposure results — even in complex, unforgiving lighting conditions. The D3S takes accurate exposure further, using highlight analysis from the Scene Recognition System and then carefully selecting from a database containing information from over 30,000 actual shooting situations.

Informed auto white balance
Leading professionals often note that Nikon’s auto white balance exhibits remarkable results, even in challenging conditions with mixed light sources. With the D3S, auto white balance makes even further progress. Professionals can expect white as truly white in a wider variety of settings.

Approx. 100% frame coverage
The D3S’s large prism gives you the FX-format visual advantage when you shoot. The viewfinder image is not only larger and brighter, but the focusing screen is also carefully designed to help you to more intuitively sense sharp focus, be it manual or autofocus.

Superior durability

For the reliability professionals demand, the shutter of the D3S has been tested for up to 300,000 cycles in fully assembled cameras under rigorous conditions. The ruggedly constructed D3S employs a strong yet lightweight magnesium alloy for its body, exterior cover, chassis and mirror box. Furthermore, a comprehensive series of O-rings and other specialised seals, combined with additional Nikon engineering, protect the D3S against invasive moisture, dust and even electromagnetic interference.

Twin CF card slots

The D3S lets you designate each card slot for certain tasks: record two full CF cards of data sequentially for a large amount of storage, record the same data onto two cards (backup), record RAW and JPEG simultaneously onto separate cards, and transfer data from one card to another. You can also designate the slot for data-heavy D-Movie recording.

Long-life battery

The D3S uses the EN-EL4a rechargeable batteries. Power consumption and power management systems have been engineered for greater operating efficiency, so you can expect long battery life, shooting up to 4,200 images* per charge.
* Based on CIPA Standards.

Easy-to-access Live View mode

The dedicated Live View button gives you instant access to two Live View modes: Tripod mode for accurate AF operation and Hand-held mode for more versatile shooting angles. The speed for Contrast-detect AF in Tripod mode has also been improved for enhanced practicality.

Quiet Shutter-release mode for non-intrusive shooting

Photographers can select “Q” on the release mode dial to substantially reduce the sound of the camera’s mirror-down during shooting. This is particularly useful when shooting in restrictive conditions such as when photographing theatrical performances or wildlife.

3in. 921,000dot colour, 170º viewing angle LCD monitor

The D3S’s large, high-resolution LCD monitor delivers bright, crisp image playback with up to 27x enlargement for immediate and precise image confirmation. Each LCD is covered with scratch resistant tempered glass and individually calibrated and fine-tuned at the factory to deliver consistent performance.

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riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
14 Oct 2009 8:56AM
I wonder if the price of D3's will now drop Smile

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cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
14 Oct 2009 10:17AM
LOL...Smile So many pundits will be disappointed at seeing no increase in the pixel count...! ! !

Its good news to see a company thats not playing the pixel numbers game, But concentrating on image quality instead....Wink

The addition of Video though....Seems to be here to stay...!

Quote:I wonder if the price of D3's will now drop

Always the same question regarding previous models, My guess is that makers & retailers realise this, So any drop will not be that much if any, Lets face it, This new model hardly makes the old one a bad buy....Smile

Same applied to the D300 or D300s debate....Wink
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Oct 2009 10:26AM

Quote:Its good news to see a company thats not playing the pixel numbers game, But concentrating on image quality instead...

In spades!

As I said previously...

Come on Canon! Keep up!! Wink
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Oct 2009 1:01PM
barely usable with 12800.
do you think there new ISO102400 would be any good? I don't think so....Tongue
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Oct 2009 1:14PM

Quote:Shooting at ISOs as high as 12,800, the D3S can take commercial-quality, pin-sharp images in low light

Tongue Tongue Tongue
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Oct 2009 1:18PM
Of course they are going to say that, you silly so and so...
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
14 Oct 2009 1:19PM
The 102400 examples I've seen are like ISO 25,600 on the D3
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2009 2:17PM
If it's a choice between shot or no shot, the high iso will win out every time. This is certainly going to change the game a bit for sports photojournalists.

With a range of ISO that mental, I'd be expecting the first firmware update to the SB-900 very soon as well.
User_Removed 10 736 4
14 Oct 2009 6:44PM
I'm weak with desire and am willing to sell my body. I have a D3 so you can see how much better I think this will be (I shoot a lot of low light images and stuff where I need a silent shutter). I did not have this reaction to the D3X. Size is DEFINITELY not important.
User_Removed 10 736 4
14 Oct 2009 6:46PM

Quote:If it's a choice between shot or no shot, the high iso will win out every time. This is certainly going to change the game a bit for sports photojournalists.

With a range of ISO that mental, I'd be expecting the first firmware update to the SB-900 very soon as well.

Sports? Gig and movie/TV!
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
14 Oct 2009 8:03PM
The Nikon UK suggested price (which few pay) is up 200 on the 3,999 for the D3.
The way Nikon work is usually to drop the price after a couple of months.
To-day's BJP says 12,800 is fully usable - you should be able to read their trade launch day feedback by subscribing for 2 weeks free trial at www.bjp-online.com
There is also a review of the new version of the 18-200.
Main features for me are faster AF, 1.2x crop option with 8.5 MP, video jpeg (see BJP for a preview) and the improved noise.
User_Removed 10 736 4
14 Oct 2009 8:56PM
Any Noble Patrons out there? Failing that, a Sugar Daddy?
MattGrayson 11 622 3 England
15 Oct 2009 11:17AM

Quote:This is certainly going to change the game a bit for sports photojournalists.

The video mode can be useful for sports journalists. They can shoot 24fps video then extract a frame as a small JPEG which has a good enough resolution for inclusion in a newspaper. Essentially, the camera will have 24fps continuous shooting for the right person. Smile
mark_delta 10 1.3k
18 Oct 2009 5:20PM
this camera is almost a new invention, traditional dslr cameras emulated film but in digtal format.
however this is a camera which is designed to work in a world totally alien to film emulation, it is a completely unique and new concept .
it will revolutionise photography as we know it with Images appearing out of previously impossible situations on to the table.
It is also a second revolution as it take the concept of outputting j-pegs which are ready to go, unlike the boil in the bag j-pegs you are used to getting served, this bring piping hot ready to eat food to your table.
It is wrong to compare it to traditional digital slr cameras, this is truly a digital concept from start up a camera built on new technology's and not a emulation of a hundred year old one .
This is the start of the future and the death of those who ignored it.
EleanorMaw 8 110 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 9:12AM
This is it, a true pro tool, the Number One Pro camera, this will get the job done, a friend of mine bought a Nikon D3s the other week and I got the chance to use it, it was amazing but very big camera, mind you my friend with the D3s is also big and an amazing photographer.

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