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Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only)

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  • 12.1-megapixel, FX-format CMOS sensor; 720p HD video capture
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • Low-noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 12,800; continuous shooting up to 9fps
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF system; Nikon EXPEED image processing
  • 3-inch super-density 921,000-dot VGA LCD; one-button Live View with two shooting modes
  • Dual CF card slots with overflow, backup and copy options (CF card not included); up to 4,300 images per battery charge
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Color black Black Black Black Black Black
Continuous Shooting 5 6 5 6.5 6 12
Screen Size 3 in 3.2 in 3.2 in 3.2 in 3.2 in
Focus Type Automatic with Manual Automatic with Manual Includes Manual Focus Includes Manual Focus Includes Manual Focus Manual; Continuous Auto
Image stabilization None None None None None
ISO Range 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (100-102400 with boost) 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost) Auto, 64-12800 Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost) Auto, 100-102400
Item Dimensions 3.46 x 6.3 x 6.18 in 3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in 3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in 3.07 x 5.55 x 4.45 in 3.23 x 5.55 x 4.45 in 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.7 in
Item Weight 2.73 lbs 2.2 lbs 2.16 lbs 1.65 lbs 1.87 lbs 3.1 lbs
Megapixels 12.1 36.3 36.3 megapixels 24.3 megapixels 24.3 megapixels 20.8 megapixels
Optical Sensor Resolution 12.1 megapixels 36.3 megapixels 36.3 megapixels 24.3 megapixels 20.8 megapixels
Optical Zoom 2x 1x 46x 1x 3.5 1x
Photo Sensor Size Full frame CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm) full_frame
Style Name D800 Body Only Body Only Body Only Body (CF Version)
Video Capture Resolution 720p_hd 1080p_hd 1080p_hd 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 1080p_hd 4K
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism) Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism) optical viewfinder
Wireless Technology None; Optional None Optional, via WT-5A or Eye-Fi BuiltIn Yes Wi-Fi

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Product Description

The D3S is uniquely qualified to meet the changing needs of photographers whose assignments demand 100% from them and their equipment. Leading with uncompromising FX-format multimedia versatility and engineered for demanding professional use at up to 9 fps, the D3S rugged magnesium alloy construction, comprehensively sealed against dust and moisture, delivers on its promises of superiority. Exacting moments in time are captured to an expanded buffer, allowing continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images.

From the Manufacturer

Power. Precision. Performance. The bluprint for versatility.

The D3S is uniquely qualified to meet the changing needs of photographers whose assignments demand 100% from them and their equipment. Leading with uncompromising FX-format multimedia versatility and engineered for demanding professional use at up to 9 fps, the D3S' rugged magnesium alloy construction, comprehensively sealed against dust and moisture, delivers on its promises of superiority. Exacting moments in time are captured to an expanded buffer, allowing continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images.

Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights
The D3s features a 51-area AF system
Nikon's newly engineered, original 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, teamed with exclusive technologies such as EXPEED image processing, Nikon's Scene Recognition System and a fast, accurate 51-area AF system, work together to assure that both still and smooth 24 fps HD video files exhibit incredible edge-to-edge sharpness, rich color depth and broad tonal range, while barrier-breaking performance enables low-noise ISO sensitivity to 12,800.

Expanded ISO sensitivities of 25,600, 51,200 and an astounding 102,400, shatter many long-standing rules of photography. Audio to accompany HD video is preserved with a built-in microphone, while high fidelity stereo sound is recorded through the external Mic input using an optional microphone. More proven technologies include Nikon's renowned 1,005-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, assuring exacting exposure evaluation and white balance detection. Precise image review and menu access comes to life with the D3S' tempered glass-protected and individually factory-calibrated 3-inch, 921,000-dot Live View monitor. A self-diagnostic shutter, tested to beyond 300,000 cycles, and a myriad of inherent benefits stemming from decades of Nikon design experience, round out the D3S' qualifications to meet the needs of professional photographers.

Nikon D3s Features & Highlights

Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights
Capture up to 9 frames per second
Nikon-original FX-format CMOS Sensor Newly engineered for striking image fidelity and low-noise, optimizing pixel size and count in a 12.1-megapixel sensor to produce extraordinarily rich files.

Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 12,800
Renowned low-noise performance at 12,800, plus expanded settings to an astounding ISO 102,400 (equivalent) and ISO 100 (equivalent).

Continuous Shooting Up to 9 FPS
Secure exacting moments in time with an expanded buffer, allowing continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images.

HD Video Capture
Record smooth 24 fps HD video, leveraging low noise D3S image quality along with high fidelity stereo sound capability.

One-button Live View with Two Shooting Modes
Two modes for studio or remote shooting--Tripod Mode offers 27x magnification for precise focus confirmation.
Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights


3-Inch Super-density 921,000-dot VGA LCD Monitor
D3S monitors are individually calibrated during assembly to assure accuracy.

Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
Ultrasonic process combats the accumulation of dust on the optical low pass filter, safeguarding image quality.

Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
Drives breathtakingly rich image fidelity, low noise and fast image processing.

Fast, Accurate 51-Point AF System
4 Dynamic modes and 15 cross-type sensors deliver AF precision and razor sharpness.

1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon-pioneered RGB metering includes color information to intelligently determine more accurate exposures.

Scene Recognition System
Referencing an onboard image database, teamed with RGB metering, SRS enhances exposure and white balance evaluation and improves AF speed and accuracy.
Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights


Rugged and Precise Magnesium Alloy Construction
Effectively protected from invasive dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference with a self-diagnostic shutter mechanism tested to exceed 300,000 cycles.

Nikon Picture Control
Four preset options and 9 customizable settings provide personalized style control.

100% Viewfinder Coverage

Dual CF Card Slots with Overflow, Backup and Copy Option

Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator

Up to 4,300 Images per Battery Charge


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