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on Oct 13, 2009 in Just Out!

The D3s Has Been Announced

D3sYeap, the D3s has been announced. Cutting to the chase, it has higher, better ISO performance and 1280×720 HD Motion-Jpeg video. Using a new CCD that includes vibration cleaning, the new D3s still retains the same pixel count as the D3. I’ve received plenty of email already asking my thoughts on video in the DSLR. To me, it makes no sense and diverts engineers from giving us really cool things that still photographers could really run with. You can read more right here. Here is the micro site.

Here are the main features:

  • ISO performance: ISO 12800 as standard, expandable to ISO equivalent of 102400 (Hi 3)
  • Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.1 effective megapixels
  • Improved D-Movie function including High-Sensitivity Movie mode and flicker reduction function
  • Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System including Image Sensor Cleaning function
  • Incorporates Nikon’s original EXPEED digital image processing
  • Active D-Lighting with bracketing for up to 5 frames
  • Picture Control: Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Monochrome (Landscape and Portrait can be downloaded from Nikon website)
  • Quick response with approx. 0.12 seconds start-up time and approx. 0.04 seconds shutter-release time lag
  • 9-frames-per-second shooting rate in FX format, 11 fps in DX crop (CIPA Guidelines)
  • Nikon’s original Scene Recognition System, utilizing 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, for more accurate autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor module featuring 51 AF points
  • Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.7x magnification in FX format
  • Durable shutter unit proven by 300,000 cycles of testing on fully assembled camera
  • Intelligent power management that lets you shoot up to approx. 4,200 frames per charge (based on CIPA Standards)
  • Easy-to-access Live View modes with dedicated button
  • Quiet Shutter-release mode for nonintrusive shooting
  • High-definition (approx. 921k-dot), 170˚ viewing angle, 3-in. VGA LCD monitor with tempered glass


New 85f3.5VR AFS Micro also introduced.

  • Medium-telephoto 85mm Micro lens (picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format)
  • Closest focusing distance of 0.286 m/0.9 ft. (1:1 life size)
  • The optical system featuring an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element is optimized for DX-format digital SLRs
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet AF operation
  • Two focus modes available — M/A and M
  • IF (Internal Focusing) enables focusing without changing the length of lens barrel
  • The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening gives out-of-focus elements a more natural appearance

You might be saying I don’t seem that excited about this new D3s (street price $5200?). Video in the camera just doesn’t solve any problems I have, neither does high ISO, 1.2 crop or new buttons on the back. The D3 / D3x already in my bag rock and since I’ve not seen nor shot with the D3s, just going by specs, I’m not wowed by the news. Now the 85micro, that does have my attention.  I WANT new glass and not video! I do hope though that now the rumor mungors who have been so far off the mark will have even less credibility and I’ll have to spend less time saying I have no comment.