The global leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology, Nikon Inc. has announced the launch of its newest Nikon D3S FX-format digital SLR camera, which provides professional photographers an added shutter speed and aperture freedom with the industry-first, groundbreaking ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 – 12,800 (expanded ISO equivalent settings from [Lo 1] ISO 100 to [Hi 3] ISO 102,400), offering a new level of power and performance in low-light photography.

Nikon D3S

Features Of Nikon D3S D-SLR:

  • 12.1 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor measuring 36 x 23.9mm
  • Large 3.0-inch super density LCD screen (viewable up to 170 degrees) with 922,000 pixel
  • Latest generation of the EXPEED Image Processing System ensures faster processing speeds and lower power consumption
  • Base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 – 12800 (extended to incredible ISO 102,400 in the Hi3 setting)
  • 14-bit A/D conversion and a 16-bit image-processing pipeline
  • Image Sensor Cleaning function reduces instances of image degradation resulting from dust accumulation on the OLPF (optical low pass filter) in front of the image sensor
  • Nikon’s exclusive Multi-CAM3500FX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
  • Capture images at 9 frames per second in FX-format or at up to 11 fps in DX crop mode
  • Refined D-Movie mode for FX-format offering smooth 1280 x 720 pixels HD video at a cinematic 24fps
  • Two Live View modes – Tripod mode for accurate AF operation and hand-held mode for more versatile shooting angles
  • Amazing 0.04-second shutter release time lag and improved AF accuracy work seamlessly for lightning-fast responses
  • Quiet Shutter Mode substantially reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror-down cycle
  • Accelerated Scene Recognition System analyzes information from 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure, auto white balance detection and autofocus calculations
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II assists in ensuring accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions, plus Active D-Lighting (ADL) to help determine proper exposure
  • Nikon’s Picture Control System allows selection of Picture Control settings, including Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome
  • Two UDMA compatible CompactFlash card slots (overflow, back-up, RAW on 1 / JPEG on 2, Stills on 1 / Movies on 2, copy)
  • Newly added image area of 1.2x crop (30 x 20) format with approximately 8.4 megapixels
  • Rechargeable EN-EL4a battery supports up to 4,200 images per single charge
  • Fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS)

“When the Nikon D3 was released, it ushered in a new era of professional digital imaging. Today, the D3S will further reinforce Nikon’s leadership role in the photographic industry as a pioneer in performance-driven technologies that will again break once-rigid picture-taking barriers,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, Nikon Inc. “The ruggedly constructed D3S was engineered to address the real-world needs of professional photographers and provides them with a tool that, when combined with their skills, delivers stunning images in a broad range of shooting conditions and assignment requirements.”

The new Nikon D3S Digital SLR camera which measures 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 inches and weights about 50.4 ounces is slated to be available at Nikon Authorized dealers starting late November 2009 for around $5,200 (body only).