LCD and Viewfinder
Nikon D3S has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
D3S has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder.
The viewfinder has a coverage of 100% and a magnification ratio of 0.7×
Nikon D3S can shoot continuously at max speed of 11 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/8000 sec . Unfortunately D3S doesn't have a built-in flash but there is a port for mounting external flashes.
Nikon D3S features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 51 points to choose from.
With Nikon D3S, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 24 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution . D3S has a built-in Stereo microphone and a None speaker.
Nikon D3S doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Sony Alpha A99 II or Pentax K-1 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect your camera to other devices through HDMI port or via USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Nikon D3S is powered by EN-EL4a battery which provides a shooting life of 4200 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 876 shots, Nikon D3S has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Pro DSLR Cameras
Nikon D3X with its 4400shots is the model with longest battery life among Pro DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Nikon D3S vs Nikon D3X or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
You can download Nikon D3S's User Manual here
Current Lowest price for Nikon D3S is $5,199.95