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GENERAL
Model Nikon D3S Nikon D3 Nikon D4
Release Date 2010-02-16 2008-04-18 2012-01-06
Camera Type Large SLR" Large SLR" Large SLR"
Current Price $286.00 $286.00 $5,999.00
SENSOR COMPARISON
Sensor Resolution
12

Megapixel

12

Megapixel

16

Megapixel

Max Image Dimensions 4256 x 2832 4256 x 2832 4928 x 3280
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame Full frame Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area
860mm2
860mm2
860mm2
Max ISO

102400

25600

204800

Min ISO

100

100

50

RAW Support
SHOOTING FEATURES COMPARISON
Model Nikon D3S Nikon D3 Nikon D4
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec 30 sec 30 sec
Continuous Shooting 11 fps 11 fps 11 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Exposure Metering
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
Auto Exposure Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilizer No No No
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash no built-in flash no built-in flash
Max Flash Sync 1/250s 1/250s 1/250s
Flash Modes Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
VIEWFINDER COMPARISON
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7× 0.7× 0.7×
LCD DISPLAY COMPARISON
Display Type Fixed Type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Technology Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD n/a TFT color LCD with brightness control
Screen Size
3″
3″
3.2″
Resolution 921k dots 922k dots 921k dots
Live View
Touch Screen
VIDEO COMPARISON
Model Nikon D3S Nikon D3 Nikon D4
Video Resolution 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps) n/a 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Video File Format
  • Motion JPEG
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Type Stereo None Mono
Speaker Type None Mono
External Microphone Port
External Headphone Port
PHYSICAL SPECS COMPARISON
Weight 1240 g 1300 g 1340 g
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 88 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm 160 x 157 x 91 mm
Body Sealing Yes (Water and dust resistant) Yes Yes (Water and dust resistant)
BATTERY and STORAGE
Battery Type Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Life

4200 Shots

4300 Shots

2600 Shots

Storage Media Compact Flash (Type I or II) x 2, UDMA Compact Flash (Type I or II) x2 CompactFlash, XQD
CONNECTIVITY COMPARISON
Wireless Connectivity None None Optional
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
LENS COMPARISON
Model Nikon D3S Nikon D3 Nikon D4
Lens Mount Nikon F Nikon F Nikon F
Focal Range(35mm) No Lens No Lens No Lens
Focal Length Multiplier
Optical Zoom No Lens No Lens No Lens
Max Aperture No Lens No Lens No Lens
Macro Focus Range No Lens No Lens No Lens
Manual Focus
AUTOFOCUS COMPARISON
Number of Focus Points 51 n/a 51
Contrast Detection
Phase Detection
AF Modes
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Selective
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Selective
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
Current Price $286.00 $286.00 $5,999.00