• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D3S advantages over Nikon D750

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.46 vs 5.97 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,253 vs 2,956 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 4200 vs 1230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 6.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    90 vs 40 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.1 fps vs 6.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    41 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D750 advantages over Nikon D3S

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    14.5 vs 12.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1229k 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
    24.3 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

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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Outstanding image quality with great dynamic range and high ISO performance; Class-leading burst rate; Very good 51-pt AF system; AF system works in very low light; Deep, comfortable handgrip; Articulated LCD monitor; Excellent battery life; Uncompressed 4:2:2 HDMI video output; Built-in Wi-Fi.

  • Buffer fills quickly with 14-bit RAW; Sluggish Live View AF; Shutter speed tops out at 1/4000s; OVF coverage closer to 97%; Weak low-pass filter is great for detail but higher risk of moire.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D700

Nikon D3S
Nikon D700
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Nikon D750
Nikon D700
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D3S
Canon 1DX
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Newer
Nikon D750
Canon 1DX
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D3S
Nikon D4
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon D750
Nikon D4
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D600

Nikon D3S
Nikon D600
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • More dynamic range
  • Internal flash
Nikon D750
Nikon D600
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon D3S
Nikon D610
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • More dynamic range
  • Internal flash
Nikon D750
Nikon D610
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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