Nikon D3S with Nikon D4 Comparison

Nikon D3S and Nikon D4 Main Features

  • February, 2010
  • January, 2012
  • 12 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 16 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 11.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 11.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 160 x 157 x 88 mm, 1240g.
  • 160 x 157 x 91 mm, 1340g.
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Nikon D4 with Nikon D3S Overview

Let's compare D3S with D4. Both cameras produced Nikon. These models are included in the Pro DSLR cameras. Nikon D3S was released in 2010, and Nikon D4 in 2012. D4 is newer, which is a plus. D3S 2 years older.
The sensor resolution of D3S is greater than that of D4. However, the difference of 4 MP is not very significant. The more megapixels the camera has, the more detailed and clear the picture will be. The number of megapixels will also affect the maximum size of the photos, which then can be printed without loss of quality.
At the first camera (D3S), the minimum ISO value is lower, which gives more opportunities for shooting in daylight. A larger maximum ISO allows you to take good pictures in the dark. Both cameras feature a 3-inch fixed screen.
Both cameras have a optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. All viewfinders has no electronic viewfinderk dot resolution. Burst mode, also called continuous shooting mode, sports mode or continuous high speed mode, is a shooting mode in still cameras. Nikon D3S has 11.0 fps continuous shooting. Nikon D3S has 11.0 fps continuous shooting.

General D3S D4
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model D3S D4
Announced February, 2010 January, 2012
Body Type Large SLR Large SLR
Lens Mount Nikon F Nikon F
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1 1
Number of Lenses 305 305
Macro Focus Range n/a n/a
Screen Size 3" 3"
Screen Type Fixed Fixed
Screen Resolution 921k pixels 921k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.7
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 51 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 0 15
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash Modes 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
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor Size Full frame Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 860.4 mm² 860.4 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4256 x 2832 4928 x 3280
Max Native ISO 12800 12800
Min Native ISO 200 100
Max Boosted ISO 102400 204800
Min Boosted ISO 100 50
Video Features
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Video Formats Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Center Weighted
GPS Optional Optional
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery Life 4200 shots 2600 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Model EN-EL4a EN-EL18
Weight 1240 g 1340 g
Physical Dimensions 160 x 157 x 88 mm 160 x 157 x 91 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II) x 2, UDMA CompactFlash, XQD
Storage Slots 2 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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