Well, it’s official. The much-rumored Nikon D3s has now been announced, along with a new DX-format macro (micro) lens.
The big news on the D3s is that the sensor has been tweaked to offer an in-spec ISO range of 200-12,800! The Hi-range mode now goes to Hi-3, or the equivalent of ISO 102,400! Of course, keep in mind that the “Hi” range in all Nikon DSLRs should be considered an “emergency” mode– good for low-res or black and white images when ANY shot is better than no shot at all.
Other cool features of the D3s:
- HD (720p) movie mode
- Integrated sensor cleaning (sonic)
- “Quiet mode” release– I agree that the original D3 is pretty loud compared to other Nikon DSLRs
- Expanded buffer supports 42 NEFs in continuous shooting
- 1.2 (8MP) crop mode
- Better battery life (4200 shots)
Also announced today is a new 85mm VR macro lens dedicated to DX shooters. The 85mm focal length is approximately equivalent to a 127mm angle of view on 35mm cameras, so this new lens is not a 105mm replacement for DX shooters. However, the lens has VR II image stabilization. Because it is a DX lens, it will not cover the full-frame FX format unless you use cropped mode on a D3/D700.
Editorial commentary after the jump.