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Nikon D3 Professional DSLR
This is the fourth Nikon D3 I have owned or used and follows-on from my earlier Nikon DSLR and film SLR bodies, such as the D2x, D1x and F5.
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The mega pixel race ends right here
Having previously reviewed D700, I guess there isn't much room to rave about D3, since they are practically beat the same heartbeat just live in different houses.

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The design of this Nikon 12.1 MP camera has been especially engineered to produce photos with elevated image fidelity and low noise, optimizing pixel size and pixel count with the 12.1 MP sensor. The Nikon D3s delivers its low-noise performance at a sensitivity of ISO 12800, while the expanded settings can reach ISO 102400 (equivalent) and ISO 100 (equivalent). The expanded buffer of this digital SLR camera allows continuous capture of up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images. This Nikon 12.1 MP camera is also video-enabled. It is equipped to record 24 fps HD video, and combines image quality with high-fidelity stereo sound capability. Additionally, the Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System uses an ultrasonic process to prevent the accumulation of dust on the optical filter of the Nikon D3s. This digital SLR camera also features a sophisticated scene-recognition system that references an onboard image database to enhance exposure and white balance evaluation and improve AF speed and accuracy. The elegant black body of this Nikon 12.1 MP camera only weighs about 1.24 kg, and the rugged and precise magnesium alloy construction protects it from dust, moisture, and electromagnetic interference.

Product Identifiers
BrandNikon
ModelD3s
MPNVBA270AB
EAN00018208021253, 0018208254668, 5704327916116

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution12.1 MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size23.9 x 36mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody only
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast and phase detection

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 0-20
Exposure ModesAutomatic, aperture-priority, bulb, manual, shutter-priority
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 102400, ISO 200-12800, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max102400

Camera Flash
Flash TypeNone
Camera Flash FeaturesFront Sync Flash, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, IBM Microdrive, Microdrive

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeFixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.70x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1

Dimensions
Depth8.8 cm
Height15.7 cm
Width16 cm
Weight1240 gr

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - colour
Display Size3"

Microphone
Microphone Operation ModeMono

Connections
Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x remote control, USB to computer
HDMI OutputYes
Expansion Slot2 x CompactFlash Card - type I

Battery
Battery Description1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatAVI, HD (High Definition), MJPEG, Motion JPEG
Still Image FormatDCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, NEF (RAW), RAW + JPEG, Raw Image, TIFF

Resolution
Max Video Resolution1280 x 720

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
FeaturesAE lock, AF Lock, Audio Recording, DPOF Support, Direct Print, Exif Print support, GPS Ready, HDMI, High Definition, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD live view mode, PictBridge Support, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 compatibility, With Tripod Mount, camera orientation detection, depth-of-field preview button, digital image rotation, display brightness control, highlight point display, in-camera film editing, mirror lock
Shooting ModesFrame movie mode

Miscellaneous
White BalanceColour Temperature Adjust, Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Shade (Preset), Sunset (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed9 frames per second

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Nikon D3 Professional DSLR

Created: 19/07/10
Review for: Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body only)
This is the fourth Nikon D3 I have owned or used and follows-on from my earlier Nikon DSLR and film SLR bodies, such as the D2x, D1x and F5.
I was looking to purchase a D3s body for personal use but when the waiting list for those became too long, I decided to buy two second-hand D3 bodies instead.
I originally upgraded from the D2x to D3 early last year and used D3 bodies in Iraq and Afghanistan on a series of deployments, putting them through more abuse than most cameras have to endure in a lifetime.
I currently run two D3 bodies as well as a D3x and to be honest, this camera is more useful in 'real-world' press or editorial shooting situations than the more expensive and higher IQ camera, which is better-suited to static studio or PR/advertising use.
The majority of imagery I (and most people) produce is either viewed on a computer monitor or printed smaller than A3, making the 24Mpi D3x relatively over-the-top, especially bearing in mind its £5.5k price tag.
D3 bodies are routinely changing hands for sub-£2000 now and that makes them an absolute bargain, all the more so if you don't need the video capability or stupidly-high ISO sensitivity of it's successor, the D3s, which is still very hard to come by in Europe...at the time of writing, D3s has been unavailable in the UK since mid-March - four months now.

This camera is robust, well sealed against dust and moisture (tropical monsoons and desert heat and dust-storms) and takes a hammering (two combat tours of Afghanistan), during which the only faults were the rubber underneath one camera coming unglued on one corner (easily glued back with 'shoe-goo') and a single body-screw falling out due to the constant vibration encountered in countless helicopter and armoured vehicle trips. Nikon sent me a free spare within 5 working days.
Image quality is superb when coupled with Nikkor Professional lenses and high-quality prints can be made to larger than A0 with ease.
Handling is equally superb, with several small improvements being made over earlier models, making this easily Nikon's most ergonomically comfortable camera yet. All controls fall easily to hand making this a very intuitive camera to use.

I would recommend this camera to any press or PR photographer or to anyone who demands and expects the best from their equipment and isn't prepared to compromise.
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The mega pixel race ends right here

Created: 29/04/10
Review for: Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body only)
Having previously reviewed D700, I guess there isn't much room to rave about D3, since they are practically beat the same heartbeat just live in different houses.

What prompted me to go from D700 to D3?

* Price. With amateurs jumping on the D3S wagon, you can pick up a D3 on the cheap, but you gotta do it quick before they realise they never actually use high ISO nor video!
* Reliability. Almost twice the life cycle on the shutter, it is here to stay!
* Future proof accessory compatibility. D3S, D3X are practically the same body, hence you can share accessories such as L-bracket, battery, body armor etc. The D3 body design is almost perfect, I doubt there will be drastic changes to its domestic appearance in the future.
* Weight & height. It actually weighs less than D700 with grip, also shorter!
* Shutter sound. This might be a strange one but to me, the sound of D3 makes you want to take more photos, it's ... it's just ... that ... it sounds soooo gooooood!
* better fit. To my hand that is, the best grip ever ... bar none!

For those of you who are addicted with higher mega pixels, do you ever make any prints??? If you don't make A3+ prints, what difference would a D3X make compared with D90? On your monitor, none; on your 4x6's, none. Unless you are a fine art photography who only makes A0 prints, then in that case you are much better off with medium or large format cameras, if you can afford it.

So, grab yourself a D3 on the cheap, invest money on only the best glasses, and focus on better photography rather than fancy equipment (better isn't the correct term here).

All my work were shot with D700 before 05/2010, you can see them here: http://guphotography.com

Best of luck!
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Excellent camera but save your money and buy D700

Created: 19/02/11
Review for: Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body only)
I own a D700 and had the chance to get a D3 as well so I now run both side by side. With an MB-D10 the D700 is the better camera. The only real advantage the D3 has over the D700 is the additional card slot in my opinion.
THe D3 doesn't have sensor cleaning, doesn't have built in flash, you cant make it smaller by removing a grip and it costs £500+ more second hand.
Trust me buy the D700 and dont look back - autofocus, sensor, handling, ISO performance and speed (near as damn it!) identical...
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Brilliant camera

Created: 01/06/10
Review for: Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body only)
Great camera. Very little noise at high iso's . Brilliant capabilities. Quite heavy especially with long lens.
Great that you have 2 memory slots and can decide on their usage.
Shame no video capabilities.
Also battery seems to be good. Often used for 6 hours during a wedding, although battery loses life quickly with use of external flash.
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Nikon D3 - The best camera in the world

Created: 31/07/10
Review for: Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body only)
It is simply the best camera in the world and allows compatibility across the board. Most people would probably spend the money on a car but its fantastic and Ido not expect to be upgrading cameras for another 10 years
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