• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Nikon D3S advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.46 vs 5.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 4200 vs 900 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.1 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    41 vs 19 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Nikon D3S

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    13.6 vs 12.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    16 months vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    890g vs 1410g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 920k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    30.4 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 90 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon D3S
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2899
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Newer
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2899
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Nikon D3S
Nikon D810
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • More dynamic range
  • Internal flash
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D700

Nikon D3S
Nikon D700
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D700
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D3S
Canon 1DX
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Newer
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D3S
Nikon D4
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
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