Nikon D3S PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Nikon D3S? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Nikon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the D3S offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Nikon D3S below.
In any case, the D3S is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was revealed to the public on October 14th, 2009, which means that, as of today, the camera is 4847 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Nikon D4 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Nikon's user manual for the D3S
The camera's user manual is 460 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the D3S is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Nikon D3S manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Nikon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Nikon D3S manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Nikon D3S
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your D3S by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Nikon D3S is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Nikon D3S FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the D3S.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the D3S?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Nikon equipped the D3S with the EXPEED image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the D3S?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-102400.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon D3S?
Nikon mentions a shutter rating of 300 000 actuations for the D3S. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the D3S over, say, three years, one would have to take about 300 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my D3S?
Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your D3S has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Nikon D3S has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The D3S's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Which battery does the D3S use?
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Nikon D3S.
|Camera Model||Nikon D3S|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Nikon F mount lenses|
|Launch Date||October 2009|
|Launch Price||USD 5 199|
|Sensor Format||Full Frame Sensor|
|Sensor Size||36.0 x 23.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||860 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||43.2 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 256 x 2 832 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||8.43 μm|
|Pixel Density||1.40 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||720/24p Video|
|ISO Setting||200 - 12 800 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 102 400 ISO|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||82|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||23.5|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.0|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||3253|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||921k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000s|
|Continuous Shooting||11 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||300 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||CF cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Dual card slots|
|Studio Flash||PC Sync socket|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||EN-EL4a power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||4200 shots per charge|
160 x 157 x 88 mm
(6.3 x 6.2 x 3.5 in)
|Camera Weight||1 240 g (43.7 oz)|
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