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In an amazing feat of engineering, Nikon topped their already class-leading low-light DSLR champion, the D3, by expanding the ISO range by 2 full stops on the new Nikon D3S. This upgraded version of their flagship full-frame DSLR includes its predecessor’s features, including:

  • 12 megapixels full-frame (FX) sensor
  • 9 FPS continuous drive
  • 51-point autofocus sensor
  • 1/8000-30s shutter-speed range
  • Exposure bracketing up to 9 frames
  • Large 100% coverage viewfinder
  • On-demand grid-lines
  • 3″ LCD with 920k pixels
  • Electronic virtual horizon
  • Dual Compact Flash card slots
  • Weather-sealed body with built-in vertical grip
The D3S adds an amazing ISO sensitivity range of 100-102,400, HD 720p (1280 × 720 @ 24 fps) movie-recording, improved contrast detect autofocus (for use in LiveView and movie-recording) and in-camera RAW development. When the D3 came out, it revolutionized low-light photography by allowing shots which were never possible before, providing clean ISO 6400 results and reaching ISO 25,600 when needed. Now, the Nikon D3S pushes this even more, allowing ISO 51,200 and 102,400 as well.
The design of the D3S, which is extremely similar to the D3, consists of a ruggedized body with both vertical and horizontal hand-grips and dual-everything: dual control-wheels, dual shutter-releases and dual memory card slots. Most buttons other than drive-mode are modeless on the D3S, allowing to change the behavior of the camera using custom settings. The D3S also features unprecedented stamina with 4200 shots-per-charge battery-life and at least 300,000 shutter-actuations.
The Nikon D3S is scheduled for availability in late November 2009. You can already pre-order the Nikon D3S from Amazon at a price of $5,199 USD. The Canadian price will be announced at a later time.

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