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Nikon D3s almost completely true

The Nikon D3s rumours that have been flying around are almost certainly true.

The ‘known’ (mutually discussed) specs, which CameraTech has sifted out after about a month of rumours, look to be:

– 1080p HD recording @ 24ps
– 14 fps, the cause of which is an additional EXPEED processor
– ISO range of 200-12,800, with an additional ‘HI-3’, which extends to 102, 400 ISO
– 12.1 MP full frame sensor

There should also be a AF-S 16-35mm f/4 ED VR lens coming out, designed for FX. The specs seem about right: VR ‘compensates’ for the f/4 and the rest of it seems decent.

As for when it will be out, it should be announced on October the 15th, although that could vary. At the least, it’s expected on the second week of October.

That particular date was retrieved from Nikon France, which had the schedule for the Paris Expo:

Jeudi 15 octobre 2009, invité d’honneur Vincent Munier à 15h

11h00-12h00 Présentation nouveau reflex Expert produit Nikon
12h45-13h45 Nikon Capture NX2, en quelques clics Responsable formation Nikon School
15h00-16h00 Témoignage professionnel par Vincent Munier Photographe professionnel ‘’nature’’
16h45-17h45 Présentation nouveau reflex Expert produit Nikon

The line in bold, ‘présentation nouveau reflex ‘, means ‘(the) presentation (of a) new (D)SLR’. They could be announcing the D3000 or D300s, but that then would be plural. Hence the relevance between the D3s and the 15th of October — but only time will tell.

The D3s is the successor to the original D3 (also known as D3H), which has been discontinued (unconfirmed).

RRP looks to be sitting at around $5K (USD).

Note: not to be confused with the plural of the D3. Please also note that these are not confirmed rumours.

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