Monday, November 2, 2009
The D3S is Nikon’s latest FX-format (full-frame) D-SLR. It adds 720p HD video capability and an almost unbelievable maximum ISO of 102,400.
Nikon’s newest top-level professional camera, the D3S was launched on October 14. The camera features a newly designed, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that has a standard ISO range of 200 to 12,800, which allows you to capture low-light images that would have been all but impossible before. Using the expanded sensitivity settings, you can push the ISO to 25,600 (where the D3 maxed out), 51,200 and even 102,400. Think about that. In the film era, a fast emulsion would have been ISO 800. If you were willing to sacrifice color saturation and sharpness, and were okay with a very grainy image, you might push to ISO 1600 or even 3200. This new Nikon can shoot usable images up to 5 stops beyond that!
HD video is all the rage in the D-SLR market now, and the D3S includes it in the form of Nikon’s D-Movie mode. The full-frame sensor’s 720p capture at 24 fps will give you a beautiful cinematic look. For nature shooters looking to add video to their repertoire, this pro Nikon body will be a highly capable camera. A built-in monaural microphone and stereo microphone input give you control over capturing sound in the field.
Image Sensor: 12.1-megapixel (effective) CMOS
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