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Nikon D3s SLR camera
Ilse Jurriën : October 14th 2009 - 06:00 CET
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NikonNikon D3s digital SLR : Nikon announces the professional D3s, the digital SLR camera that enables professional photographers to take control of the unpredictable and extends the possibilities for action photographers everywhere. Built upon the widely acclaimed Nikon D3, the Nikon D3s advances low light photography to another level and sets in motion new creative options for multi-media movie shooting. Robert Cristina, Manager, Professional Products for Nikon Europe, comments: "The Nikon D3s SLR camera rewrites the rules for extreme low light photography, enabling photographers to take control of ambient light. Professional photographers from all over the world have contributed to making the best even better."

D3s SLR

12.1 megapixel Nikon D3s DSLR
The Nikon D3s DSLR features a completely re-designed 12.1 effective megapixel image sensor. The large pixel pitch, with a completely modified inner structure, means that the Nikon D3s digital SLR can capture images under light conditions which were previously believed to be impossible. The seven stop ISO range of 200 - 12,800 enables image and movie capture in extremely low ambient light conditions, with minimum processing to ensure sharpness and detail, which is essential for today’s news and sports photographers. Further proof of the Nikon D3s’ incredible capacity for low light photography is the fact that it is the first camera to offer no less than three additional ISO boost levels, up to Hi-3, (ISO equivalent of an astounding 102,400).

D3s DSLR

Record HD videos with the Nikon D3s
The Nikon D3s SLR delivers a new look and feel to the emerging trend of DSLR movie capture and exploits the creative depth-of-field effects offered by the large FX-format sensor and the benefits of wide aperture Nikkor lenses, the lens of choice for the world’s leading photographers. Instant and intuitive in use, the Nikon D3s’ D-movie function is prioritised for high productivity. Movies are captured at 720p/ 24fps in motion JPEG with stereo sound input jack. The file format enables a unique ‘Save Selected’ frame option that enables the user to shoot video freely, secure in the knowledge that a still image of a key moment can be transmitted as well.

Nikon D3s SLR camera

Nikon D3s professional SLR camera
Francois Marit, Photo Technical Manager at global news provider, Agence France Presse, said: "Since we started using the Nikon D3, we have also been exploring movie capture to see exactly how it can help us. Now the Nikon D3s professional SLR gives us exactly what we need, the ability to shoot pictures and movies with one piece of professional equipment. This enables us to transmit complete packages of still images and movie clips from the thousands of news and sports events we cover every week, and will really give us the edge in both online and print formats."

Nikon D3s body

Autofocus system of the Nikon D3s SLR
Completely configurable to set up, but extremely simple to use, Nikon’s acclaimed high-density 51-point Multi-CAM3500 AF system, with 15 highly sensitive cross points, provides users with an industry leading system for tracking fast moving subjects. The Nikon D3s digital SLR contrast detection AF system has also been tuned to provide autofocus support during movie capture and Live View.

Nikon D3s reflex

Image sensor cleaning feature on the Nikon D3s
Following extensive feedback from professional photographers, the Nikon D3s implements a new Image sensor cleaning function that generates vibrations at four different frequencies to reduce the impact of static dust collection on the optical low pass filter of the image sensor. This has been implemented without impacting on the 100% viewfinder coverage expected from a flagship, professional single digit D camera.

Nikon D3s digitale camera

Nikon D3s SLR camera offers total flexibility
The Nikon D3s SLR now offers no less than three alternative crop modes, all masked automatically in the viewfinder. The photographer can now choose from 5:4 (30x24); 1.2x (30x20); and DX (24x16). The new crop mode is designed to offer a practical combination of lens magnification and slightly reduced file size. The Nikon D3s features a new Quiet shutter release mode that enables the photographer to mitigate the sound caused by the mirror return. Suitable for wildlife photography and other situations where shutter noise might distract the subject, this innovation again reflects and responds to practical feedback from photographers using Nikon’s D3 series cameras.

D3s lens

Sports photographer Bill Frakes about the Nikon D3s
Bill Frakes, one of the first professional photographers to trial the Nikon D3s, said: "I make career decisions in milliseconds and I want the best possible image quality every time I push the button. I need a DSLR camera that responds precisely, quickly and consistently. The Nikon D3s digital camera does that and more and this gives me enormous freedom."

Nikon D3s wireless

Nikon D3s SLR offers new RAW processing options
The Nikon D3s now offers no less than five options for Active D-Lighting when shooting high contrast or high key subject matter. Alongside a new Auto setting, users now have four manual control levels; Extra High ; High, Normal and Low. Another aid to increasing productivity in the Nikon D3s SLR is the new RAW processing options in the Retouch menu. The following image settings can be applied to RAW (NEF) files in the camera on-the-fly: JPEG compression, Size, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Picture Control, Noise Reduction, Colour space and Vignette Control settings. These options accelerate post production worklflow for the busy photographer on the road, by reducing the need to use a PC and Capture NX2 software.

Nikon D3s sensor

Nikon D3s body
The Nikon D3s SLR redraws the boundaries for photographers allowing them even more control over unpredictable subjects in testing lighting conditions. The camera sensor is so sensitive that it can capture subjects that are practically invisible to the naked eye and render results that are remarkably clean of noise and ready for print. The weather-sealed durable magnesium construction is built to withstand extreme temperatures and humidity to enable users to complete assignments faster and more efficiently.
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