|Nikon D3s picture quality
Not only is it possible to adjust a lot when it comes to operation, you can also significantly influence the quality of your pictures. However, this partly also depends on the manufacturer. Especially when it comes to sensitivity. Because even when you are able to choose a high ISO setting, it should still also prove useful in practice. When it comes to the Nikon D3s, this is perfectly in order!
Users of the Nikon D3 had nothing to complain about. The sensitivity ran standard to ISO 6400, with an expansion to 25,600. We always thought this was a lot, especially because ISO 6400 was still useful. However, Nikon now takes things a step further with the D3s. The sensitivity on the D3s standard runs up to ISO 12,800, and can be expanded to a barely imaginable 102,400. The final steps are not official ISO values, and are therefore not regarded as such by Nikon. It is not even noted in the EXIF. That in itself is correct, however, it is kind of difficult that you cannot find anywhere with which of the Hi1, H2 or Hi3 you've photographed. Because those modes are simply at your disposal.
Signal / noise values
Up to 12,800 ISO, the Nikon D3s is perfectly usable. This is better than the result of the D3 at ISO 6400. The last two sensitivities I would avoid if I were you, however, they are usable. Better to have a picture with some noise than no picture at all. However, it is not only noise that plays tricks at the highest values. Also sharpness decreases rapidly. Although before you consider this a downside, which it isn't, you have to realize the values we're talking about. It is really extraordinary what is happening here. Whereas before in a smoky bar, you had to shoot a jazz band at ISO 1600 and 1/30s at f/2.0, you can now shoot pictures at ISO 25600 and 1/125s at f4.0. With less noise and, more importantly, a shutter speed with frozen movement.
Color reproduction and white balance
Equally important is for the color reproduction to remain fairly consistent over the entire sensitivity range. Many cameras have a tendency to suddenly change the color display at higher sensitivities. This is not the case for the Nikon D3s. The automatic white balance in itself is very decent, nothing to comment about. Provided you are not shooting in artificial light, since this turns out a bit more orange than you would like it to be. Manual white balance will be better in this case. And you should really work with a fixed white balance, as an auto white balance could change quickly if one color is more dominant.
|Nikon D3s exposure
Good shooting requires good exposure, and the 3D Matrix metering of the Nikon D3s will provide a good result in many cases. However, if you do want to expose differently, the spot metering or center-weighted metering will work fine too. Additionally, you can use the excellent dynamic range of the camera. It never drops, even at an increasing sensitivity, and remains quite high over the entire range. This is undoubtedly thanks to the fairly large pixel size on a large sensor. Nikon is clever enough to not crowd the sensor with too many pixels, and the Nikon D3s has, just like the D3, a normal amount of 12 million pixels on a full-frame sensor. This is enough, even for the photo journalist.
Nikon D3s fast SLR camera
Not only is the Nikon D3s very sensitive, it is also a very fast camera. Like the D3, you are able to reach 9 frames per second in full resolution. This is fast, especially knowing that the autofocus can keep up with it all. If you activate the DX-crop, you can even reach 11 frames per second. This can be an advantage for sports photographers, just a tad more speed. If you don't need the speed, but instead want more telephoto, you can also make a crop afterwards. Something I would recommend. In addition to the 1.5 crop factor, the Nikon D3s also offers a 1.2 crop factor. This does not make the camera any faster, but it does bring you just a tad more telephoto effect at a sufficient resolution. You will be left with 8.4 million pixels out of the 12 million. This is sufficient for most print jobs. Again, you can also make the crop afterwards. Although the sports photo journalist will prevent every second of editing afterwards, and will send the images to the office as soon as possible, preferably while the game is still on. And that makes the 1.2 crop factor perfect, in my opinion.