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Nikon D3S Digital SLR Camera with 24-70mm f/2.8G E D-IF AF-S - USA Warranty

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Nikon is proud to announce the new FX-format D3S digital SLR camera! Like the D3 before it, the D3S brings a new level of uncompromising versatility and an HD D-Movie Mode to Nikon professional D-SLRs. The D3S was meticulously engineered for professional photographers whose assignments demand nothing less than the ability to capture extreme image fidelity and stunning detail, while preserving the low-noise performance that vaulted the D3 to the market-leading status

Nikon Extreme Digital SLR Image Quality and Features

The D3S' barrier-breaking engineering, including the newly designed Nikon-original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS imaging sensor, teamed with the exclusive EXPEED image processing and an accelerated Scene Recognition System, enables breathtakingly rich image quality and handling speed. In addition, the D3S provides still-image shooting from ISO 200 to an incredible ISO 12,800 at up to 9 frames-per-second all with incredible AF accuracy, to meet the ever-increasing demands of fast-action photography. And, taking versatility to new heights, The D3S offers expanded ISO settings up to an astonishing 102,400.

D-Movie Mode with Stereo Sound

The D3S' D-Movie mode offers an advanced level of video capture, featuring contrast-detect AF and extraordinary 24 fps, 720p HD image quality. High fidelity audio recording is achieved through an external stereo microphone input. HD movie clips are captured in Motion JPEG format, enhanced by legendary NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality to satisfy professional multi-media needs and further fuel photographer creativity

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
High ISO performance (24) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (23) , Good image quality (20) , Large clear LCD (19) , Fast shutter speed (17) , Image stabilization (15) , Easy to use (11) , Quiet (8)
Best Uses:
Low light (23) , Sports/action (23) , Wildlife (16) , Weddings (15) , Landscape/scenery (11) , Family photos (10) , Travel (10) , Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (14) , Pro photographer (10) , Photo enthusiast (3)

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Key Features

  • 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 withhigh fidelity stereo sound capability.
  • One-button Live View with Two Shooting Modes Two modes for studio or remote shooting Tripod Mode offers 27x magnification forprecise focus confirmation.
  • 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.
  • 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 Options
  • Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator
  • Approx. 4,200 Images per Battery Charge

Technical Specs

Image Sensor Format FX
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 36.0 x 23.9mm
Total Pixels 12.87 million
Effective Pixels 12.1 million
Image Area (pixels) FX-format:(L) 4,256 x 2,832 (M) 3,184 x 2,120 (S) 2,128 x 1,416
1:2 format (30 x 20) :(L) 3,552 x 2,368 (M) 2,656 x 1,776 (S) 1,776 x 1,184
5:4 format (30 x 24): (L) 3,552 x 2,832 (M) 2,656 x 2,120 (S) 1,776 x 1,416
DX-format:(L) 2,784 x 1,848(M) 2,080 x 1,384 (S) 1,392 x 920
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 9 frames per second at full resolution
Continuous Shooting Options FX-format: CH: Up to 9 frames per second, CL: Up to 8 frames per second
5:4 format: CH: Up to 9 frames per second, CL: Up to 8 frames per second
DX-format: CH: Up to 11 frames per second, CL: Up to 10 frames per secondSingle
LCD Monitor Size 3 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor Type VGA TFT
Super Density
LCD Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View 170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments Brightness,7 levels
Shutter type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Bulb Shutter Setting Yes
Mirror Lock Up Yes
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity 200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity Hi-3 (ISO 102,400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options Hi-1, (ISO-25,600 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Hi-2, (ISO-51,200 equivalent), 1 EV step
Hi-3, (ISO-102,400 equivalent), 1 EV step
Storage Media CompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA)
2 CompactFlash card Slots
Storage System Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
File System Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Exposure Metering System 1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Variable Center-weighted
Spot AF
Spot meter centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering Range 1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling CPU
Exposure Compensation ±5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1
Exposure Lock Yes
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Bracketing Yes
From 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Shutter Release Modes Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-9 frames-per-second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 9 frames-per-second
Live View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
White Balance Sun
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
White Balance Bracketing Yes, 2 to 9 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3
Live View Shooting Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Playback Functions Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 16 segments)
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Voice Memo
Interface Hi-speed USB
10-pin Terminal
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses 1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
2) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/1:2 (30x20) image size /5:4 930x24)
3) AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Picture Angle Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Viewfinder SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewfinder Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Reflex Mirror Quick-return type
Focusing Screen BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B
Interchangeable Focusing Screens Yes
BriteView Clear Matte VI - Type B Clear Matte VI - Type E
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0m)
Lens Aperture Instant-return type with depth-of-field preview button
Depth-of-field Control Yes
Autofocus System Autofocus TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible. Focal-plane contrast [in LiveView (Tripod) mode]
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51
Autofocus Fine Tune Yes
Focus Modes Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Single-point AF Mode Yes
Dynamic AF Mode Yes
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes
Focus Lock AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control Standard
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing Trim
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Side-by-Side Comparison
Filter Effects
NEF (RAW) Processing
Red-eye Correction
Edit Movie with Save Selected Frame
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Shoe Yes
External Flash Shoe Type Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Dust-Off Reference Photo Yes
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator Yes
Save/Load Camera settings Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: Yes
Flash Sync Speed Up to 1/250
X-Sync Speed Up to 1/250
FP High Speed Sync Up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control 1) TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, SB-800
Flash Sync Terminal Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
World Time Setting Yes
Date, Time & Daylight Savings Time Yes
Battery Type Rechargeable
Battery / Batteries EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor EH-6 AC Adapter
Battery Charger MH-21 Quick Charger
MH-22 Quick Charger
Image Comment Yes
Up to 36 characters
Voice Memo Function Yes
Battery Life (shots per charge) Approx. 4,200 shots (CIPA)
4,700 shots (Nikon Standard)
Tripod Socket 1/4-20
Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied Software Software Suite CD-ROM
Approx. Dimensions Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)
Approx. Weight 43.7 oz. (1,220g)
Warranty Nikon 1 year limited warranty
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