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Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 9fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only)

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  • 12.1 megapixel FX(full frame) CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 12800 extendable up to 102,400 (equivalent)
  • 9 fps consecutive shooting (11fps in DX crop mode)
  • D-movie records high definition (HD) movie clips in stereo sound
  • EXPEED image processing engine

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Price From £600.00 £1,193.99 £1,459.99 £669.99 £1,999.00 £1,093.31
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Sold By Available from these sellers GLOBE TRADING GLOBE TRADING NGA (UK) Carmarthen Cameras NGA (UK)
Connectivity Technology USB Yes Bluetooth Yes Yes
Display Size 3 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Effective Still Resolution 12.1 24.3 20.9 24.2 36.3 megapixels 20.9 megapixels
Has Image Stabilization No No Yes No No No
Image Stabilization yes yes None no no Optical
Item Dimensions 8.8 x 16 x 15.7 cm 9.8 x 12.4 x 7.6 cm 14.7 x 8.1 x 11.5 cm 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm 14.6 x 8.15 x 12.3 cm 13.5 x 7.2 x 10.4 cm
Item Weight 1.24 kg 0.75 kg 0.76 kg 0.68 kg 0.9 kg 0.72 kg
Lithium Battery Energy Content 28 Watt Hours 14 Watt Hours 2 Watt Hours 14 Watt Hours 14 Watt Hours 1,900 Watt Hours
How is the Lithium Battery packaged? Batteries packed with equipment Batteries packed with equipment Batteries contained in equipment Batteries packed with equipment Batteries packed with equipment Batteries packed with equipment
Max Focal Length 42 mm 50 mm 55 mm 90 mm 140
Min Focal Length 18 mm 21 mm 16 mm 19.5 mm 17 mm 18
Model Year 2009 2014 2016 2015 2013 2017
Optical Sensor Resolution 12.1 24.3 megapixels 21.51 megapixels 24.2 36.8 megapixels 21.51 megapixels
Optical Zoom 1x 20 1.5x 0.94x 0.7x 7.7x
Removable Memory CompactFlash Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card CompactFlash; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
Special Feature Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority 3D compatibility^Auto Exposure (AE) lock^Auto Focus (AF) lock^Auto focusing (AF) modes: Continuous Auto Focus, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus^Battery charger included^Battery life:1240 shots^Bluetooth^Built-in microphone^Dioptre correction^EditingResizing, Rotating, Trimming^Eye Relief:1.6 cm^Flash exposure compensation^Full HD^GPS^Light metering: Centre-weighted, Highlight-weighted, Matrix, Spot^Live view^Mounting Type:Bayonet^Near Field Communication (NFC)^Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C^PictBridge^Self-timer^Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,5,10,20 s^Sill image capture resolution:(L) 5568 x 3712\n\n(M) 4176 x 2784\n\n(S) 2784 x 1856^Touch sensitive screen^Tripod mountable^Vari-angle LCD display^Video recording^Yes Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority
Viewfinder Type optical Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder Optical Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder electronic optical

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  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 16 x 15.7 cm ; 1.24 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: VBA270AE
  • ASIN: B002SG7I8Q
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,768 in Electronics & Photo (See Top 100 in Electronics & Photo)
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Nikon D3S Feature Highlights

ISO performance: ISO 12800 as standard, expandable to ISO equivalent of 102400 (Hi 3)
Professional photographers can now rely on ISO 200 to ISO 12800 as the professional standard of image quality for their assignments — an incredible advantage when shooting indoor sports, stadium events at night or any other shooting situations where light is limited and Speedlights are not practical. Shooting at ISOs as high as 12,800, the D3S can take commercial-quality, pin-sharp images in low light at action-freezing shutter speeds — a capability that will open a new world of photographic opportunities. When needed, the D3S expands to the amazing ISO equivalent of 102,400, still revealing colours and details even in extremely low-lit places where human eyes may find it difficult to discern objects. This exceptional low-noise performance also applies to D-Movie capture, which creates new potential for multimedia projects and assignments.

Large pixel pitch: the 12.1-megapixel FX-format advantage
The D3S’s image sensor has been completely redesigned from the D3; the inner structure has been further optimised, with the pixel count and large pixel pitch maintained for even greater latitude in high ISO performance. As a result, the D3S captures and renders light in ways that no other ordinary digital SLR cameras has yet achieved, with a significantly higher signal-to-noise ratio and a wide dynamic range for unmatched image quality for both still images and movies throughout the broadened ISO sensitivity capabilities.

Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights
Capture up to 9 frames per second

9-frames-per-second* shooting rate in FX-format, 11 fps* in DX crop
The D3S’s continuous shooting rates are impressive, and the D3S’s powerful stepping motor allows for a more steady delivery of fast continuous shooting speeds at a wider range of aperture settings than lesser cameras can claim. Professionals will now have greater control and fewer limitations when making the images they desire. With the DX crop, photographers can also add a 1.5x picture angle and a faster frame rate to their arsenal. Furthermore, the factory-installed buffer memory is twice the capacity of the D3, dramatically increasing the power of continuous shooting.

New and improved D-Movie function
From well-lit scenes to extremely low-lit situations, the D3S’s D-Movie mode delivers unique versatility. The newly refined D-Movie offers HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels) Motion-JPEG movies at 24 fps. By controlling the aperture from the widest f-stop to the smallest, the large FX-format sensor renders low-noise images with beautiful bokeh effects from a large selection of NIKKOR lenses. High-Sensitivity Movie mode allows users to shoot at up to ISO equivalent of 102,400 in places too dark to see clearly with their own eyes. D-Movie footage is easy to trim in-camera by simply selecting the starting and ending point. An extra bonus for sports and news photographers is the ability to save selected movie frames as JPEGs for immediate print and web publishing needs. The D3S has both an internal mono-aural microphone and an external stereo microphone input, enabling higher fidelity audio recording.

Image sensor cleaning: assured protection
Another significant improvement from the D3 is the employment of the Image Sensor Cleaning function, which generates vibrations at four specific frequencies to optimise dust removal. This function can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned on and off, or manually.

Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights
The D3s features a 51-area AF system

51-point AF: fast and accurate subject acquisition
The D3S’s strategically positioned 51 AF points deliver faster focus, even with quick and/or erratic subject movement. The 15 cross-type sensors in the centre of the frame maintain the same outstanding performance with any AF NIKKOR lens f/5.6 or faster. There are four Dynamic-area AF options, including 51 points (3D-tracking), which accurately follows your subject by shifting focus points using colour and brightness information from the Scene Recognition System. This gives users an extra advantage when composition is important but your subject’s movement is extremely erratic. Single-point and Auto-area AF modes are also available.

* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

Active D-Lighting: rescuing tone in highlights and shadows
Nikon’s Active D-Lighting automatically regulates the dynamic range of high-contrast scenes, pulling out shadow details and preserving highlights while maintaining proper contrast. The D3S allows photographers to choose from six Active D-Lighting settings, including the newly added Auto and Extra High, as well as High, Normal, Low and Off. You can also bracket Active D-Lighting strength levels up to five frames and select the best rendition afterwards.

EXPEED: Nikon’s comprehensive approach to quality digital images
Nikon’s fast, comprehensive, and energy-efficient approach to in-camera image processing maintains the rich initial data’s integrity through 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image-processing, which demonstrates the enormous creative potential of NEF (Nikon Electronic Image Format). Combined with Nikon’s FX-format sensor, the D3S produces an exceptional tonal range and minimized tone jumps. Users can expect more accuracy with difficult colour combinations such as skin tones and strong reds in the same frame without over-saturation and finer tonal gradation in highlights, even with extremely bright subject matter.

Lateral chromatic aberration reduction: edge-to-edge sharpness
The D3S corrects colour fringes caused by chromatic aberrations that, in some instances, can appear at the edges of differing subject elements. Lateral chromatic aberrations are corrected regardless of lens type — whether telephoto, wide-angle, non-CPU and other types of NIKKOR lenses.

Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights
Instant image playback at up to
27x enlargement via 3-inch hi-res screen

3-in., approx. 921k-dot color, 170º viewing angle LCD monitor
The D3S’s large, high-resolution LCD monitor delivers bright, crisp image playback with up to 27x enlargement for immediate and precise image confirmation. Each LCD is covered with scratch resistant tempered glass and individually calibrated and fine-tuned at the factory to deliver consistent performance.

Picture Control: custom-tailored tone and colour
Picture Control helps you define the look and feel of your images by custom-tailoring sharpness, saturation and other parameters to match your creative intentions. The D3S comes with four pre-installed Picture Control profiles, which can be fine-tuned and saved as new custom Picture Control profiles that match your personal shooting style or particular shooting conditions. These profiles can easily be copied to additional cameras.

Speed and readiness throughout the workflow
The D3S optimises workflow speed and fluidity throughout the entire shooting process. Start-up time is approx. 0.12 seconds* and release time lag is minimised to approx. 0.04 seconds*, exactly as fast as the D3, but the D3S’s increased buffer memory is twice as large as that of the D3’s. In addition, the D3S’s autofocusing, image processing, memory card access and recording, USB interface and optional wireless transmitter all work together to keep professional photographers focused. And for sport and news photographers, many of the D3S’s JPEG files are print-ready with little or no post-production: an extra edge when time is short.

* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

Scene Recognition System: enlightened accuracy and intelligence
Nikon’s exclusive 1,005-pixel RGB sensor precisely reads brightness and colour information to raise the overall accuracy of AF, AE, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance to new heights, thanks to the Scene Recognition System. The D3S’s AF delivers superb subject tracking and subject identification performance. Highlight analysis used for AE reproduces brightness faithful to the eye, and light source identification makes auto white balance uniquely precise and reliable.

Sophisticated AE with highlight analysis
Nikon’s exclusive 3D colour matrix metering II is highly praised for its outstanding performance and faithful exposure results — even in complex, unforgiving lighting conditions. The D3S takes accurate exposure further, using highlight analysis from the Scene Recognition System and then carefully selecting from a database containing information from over 30,000 actual shooting situations.

Informed auto white balance
Leading professionals often note that Nikon’s auto white balance exhibits remarkable results, even in challenging conditions with mixed light sources. With the D3S, auto white balance makes even further progress. Professionals can expect white as truly white in a wider variety of settings.

Approx. 100% frame coverage
The D3S’s large prism gives you the FX-format visual advantage when you shoot. The viewfinder image is not only larger and brighter, but the focusing screen is also carefully designed to help you to more intuitively sense sharp focus, be it manual or autofocus.

Nikon D3s digital SLR highlights
The Nikon D3s features a magnesium
alloy body, O-rings and specialised seals
for maximum durability and protection

Superior durability
For the reliability professionals demand, the shutter of the D3S has been tested for up to 300,000 cycles in fully assembled cameras under rigorous conditions. The ruggedly constructed D3S employs a strong yet lightweight magnesium alloy for its body, exterior cover, chassis and mirror box. Furthermore, a comprehensive series of O-rings and other specialised seals, combined with additional Nikon engineering, protect the D3S against invasive moisture, dust and even electromagnetic interference.

Twin CF card slots
The D3S lets you designate each card slot for certain tasks: record two full CF cards of data sequentially for a large amount of storage, record the same data onto two cards (backup), record RAW and JPEG simultaneously onto separate cards, and transfer data from one card to another. You can also designate the slot for data-heavy D-Movie recording.

Long-life battery
The D3S uses the EN-EL4a rechargeable batteries. Power consumption and power management systems have been engineered for greater operating efficiency, so you can expect long battery life, shooting up to 4,200 images* per charge.

* Based on CIPA Standards.

Easy-to-access Live View mode
The dedicated Live View button gives you instant access to two Live View modes: Tripod mode for accurate AF operation and Hand-held mode for more versatile shooting angles. The speed for Contrast-detect AF in Tripod mode has also been improved for enhanced practicality.

Quiet Shutter-release mode for non-intrusive shooting
Photographers can select “Q” on the release mode dial to substantially reduce the sound of the camera’s mirror-down during shooting. This is particularly useful when shooting in restrictive conditions such as when photographing theatrical performances or wildlife.

Additional Nikon D3S Features

  • Newly added image area of 1.2x crop (30 x 20) format with approx. 8.4 megapixels
  • Multiple exposure operation that can be repeated by designating the function to the bracketing button
  • Electronic virtual horizon that is available in Live View shooting
  • Extended menu banks that stores up to four combinations of exposure mode, shutter speed and aperture value
  • Versatile in-camera Retouch Menus, including RAW processing to enhance your images without using a computer
  • Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output. Type C connector (mini size) is employed
  • With the optional GPS Unit GP-1, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and time are automatically recorded to each image’s EXIF data. The Time Adjustment feature, which adjusts your camera’s time zone, is also available using the GP-1. Especially useful for group assignments that require several D3S cameras to be synchronized.
  • Exclusive Nikon Software — Nikon Transfer and ViewNX software packages (supplied) for a range of basic photo browsing and editing operations; Capture NX 2, Camera Control Pro 2, and Image Authentication Software (all optional) enable more advanced operation and image editing.

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