The new Nikon D3s took centre stage today when Nikon had a press conference. The upgrade to the D3 does not bring loads of new features but still we are looking at video and a staggering Hi3 iso at 102.400.
As you can see from the picture the design of the D3s is more or less identically to the D3. Their is to new buttons on the camera one dedicated to liveview and one for the info function. But of course it is not all about looks and new buttons, the really interesting thing about the new Nikon D3s is what has happened on the inside. The sensor has been completely redesigned to give a better image quality. Based on the info the engineers has worked primarily on the high iso preformance. The highest iso for the Nikon D3s hits 12.800 and their is three Hi modes topping out at a staggering iso 102.400
I have put down a little list of what has changed compared to the old D3.
Change list from the D3
Stepping a little back the camera according to the specifications does now only support CF type-1 cards, their by eliminating the use of micro drives and the new high capacity 64gb CF cards from Sandisk.
I am having a hard time seeing why Nikon has went with only 720p video on this new camera. Canon is already offering 1080p and it seems an odd choice for Nikon to come out below with the new D3s. Also looking a bit on the video specifications the clip duration gets my attention. The max length of a clip at 720p is only 5 minutes.
All in all this looks like a nice little upgrade with video and the even better high iso preformance.
Nikon has also put up some samples of the video from the D3s but they are not available for download so we will have to make do with down sampled streaming content. Visit the D3s minisite in the link below to have a look at the video, their is a total of about 11 minutes of mixed still and video. One of the videos is also out on youtube and I included it right here
Sample gallery (some files are available in full high ress download)