Posts Tagged ‘D3s


Nikon posts D3S firmware update (v1.01)

Nikon has posted version 1.01 firmware update for the Nikon D3s.

Firmware v1.01 fixes errors relating to movie recording, exposure preview, live view and the ‘CHA’ error message displayed while using some CF cards. As well as that, it also revises the simplified Chinese menu.

Firmware update download for Windows

Firmware update download for Mac


Nikon D3x, D3, D700 and D300s firmware updates

Nikon has posted firmware updates for its D3X, D3, D700 & D300S DSLRs. With the latest firmware, all four cameras now support 64GB CompactFlash cards. There are further improvements and bug fixes, and all are available for immediate download from Nikon’s website.

For Windows:

For Mac


Nikon D3 now discontinued

CameraTech is now certain that the Nikon D3 (or D3H) has been discontinued.

Previously, we have speculated, and alongst those reasons now stands this recently released comment from Nikon Canada referring to the availability of the D3S (or D3-s; not to be confused for the plural of the D3) in Canada:

“Dealers are currently fulfilling orders of the D3s against deposits. We do not anticipate any shortages of the D3s with the possible exception of higher than anticipated sales through the December period. If this should happen, there may be a one-week shortage.

There is no requirement by Nikon Canada for a form to be signed stating the camera will not be re-sold. People are possibly confusing the original D3, which was in extremely short supply.

The last line (highlighted in bold above) indicates that the D3 is in extremely low stock; almost certainly due to a discontinuation of the product.

Note that this has not been officially confirmed by Nikon, and the D3(H) still is listed on the Nikon (USA) website.


Nikon D3s officially unveiled

So, all the momentum has built up to this very moment. Coming in a little earlier than we expected (though it is well into the 14th of October for quite a few parts of the world by now), the Nikon D3s high speed DSLR has officially been announced, with the specs almost exactly has rumours predicted. It joins the D3x and possibly the D3, although the D3 has been discontinued.

It features a 12.1 MP sensor, with a whopping (but expected) 14fps 9fps at FX and 11fps at DX crop mode burst frame rate. ISO range is from 200 to 12,800, but can also be boosted to an incredible 102, 400 ISO. 720p at 24 frames HD movie with some special fixing to prevent rolling shutter.

Price will be at around $5,199.95 USD (RRP), and it should be available sometime in November.

Update: contrary to what we previously had said, the D3s offers only 9fps at FX mode.


Nikon show in Malaysia

Nikon will be holding a show in Malaysia from the 14th to 18th of October.

The image above is the Nikon banner advertising the show.

It could very well also point to the Nikon D3s, which has been floating around recently. This show coincides with the Nikon France show as well.


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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