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Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S

Portability
51
Imaging
43
Features
40
Overall
41
Nikon D2Hs front
 
Nikon D3S front
Portability
51
Imaging
58
Features
63
Overall
60

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Key Specs

Nikon D2Hs
(Full Review)
  • 4MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1200g - 158 x 150 x 86mm
  • Launched February 2005
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D2H
Nikon D3S
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Boost to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1240g - 160 x 157 x 88mm
  • Released February 2010
  • Succeeded the Nikon D3
  • Replacement is Nikon D4
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Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Overview

In this article, we are reviewing the Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S, both Pro DSLR cameras and both of them are offered by Nikon. There exists a sizeable gap among the image resolutions of the D2Hs (4MP) and D3S (12MP) and the D2Hs (APS-C) and D3S (Full frame) feature totally different sensor sizing.

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The D2Hs was unveiled 6 years prior to the D3S and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Large SLR).

Before we go through a comprehensive comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the D2Hs matches up vs the D3S in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D2Hs over the Nikon D3S

 D2Hs D3S 

Reasons to pick Nikon D3S over the Nikon D2Hs

 D3S D2Hs 
ReleasedFebruary 2010February 2005Fresher by 60 months
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k235kClearer display (+686k dot)

Common features in the Nikon D2Hs and Nikon D3S

 D2Hs D3S 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and size. The Nikon D2Hs provides outer measurements of 158mm x 150mm x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4") with a weight of 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) whilst the Nikon D3S has specifications of 160mm x 157mm x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5") having a weight of 1240 grams (2.73 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the D2Hs against the D3S.

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D2Hs and D3S is 51 and 51 respectively.

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S top view buttons comparison

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to envision the difference in sensor sizing only by checking out technical specs. The photograph underneath should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the D2Hs and D3S.

As you have seen, both of those cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The D2Hs using its smaller sensor will make getting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Nikon D3S will produce greater detail having an extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The older D2Hs will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S sensor size comparison

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon D2Hs
Portrait photography with Nikon D3S
49
you can focus manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no liveview
MP count low (4MP)
64
you can focus manually
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D2Hs Street photography highlights
Nikon D3S Street photography highlights
52
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
55
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D2Hs Sports photography info
Nikon D3S Sports photography info
50
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
no liveview
no image stabilization
MP count low (4 megapixels)
66
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
better than average battery life (4,200 CIPA)
has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D2Hs Travel photography factors
Nikon D3S Travel photography factors
42
weather sealing
MP count low (4MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
52
better than average battery life (4,200 shots)
weather sealing
low megapixels (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D2Hs Landscape photography advice
Nikon D3S Landscape photography advice
50
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
tiny screen (2.5")
no liveview
no image stabilization
MP count low (4 megapixels)
68
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery life (4,200 CIPA)
has double storage slots
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D2Hs Vlogging highlights
Nikon D3S Vlogging highlights
9
can't record video
16
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic port
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Nikon D2Hs vs Nikon D3S Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D2Hs and Nikon D3S
 Nikon D2HsNikon D3S
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D2Hs Nikon D3S
Category Pro DSLR Pro DSLR
Launched 2005-02-16 2010-02-16
Body design Large SLR Large SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type JFET CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.5mm 36 x 23.9mm
Sensor area 367.4mm² 860.4mm²
Sensor resolution 4 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 5:4 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 2464 x 1632 4256 x 2832
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 102400
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW images
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 51
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Nikon F
Number of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5" 3"
Screen resolution 235k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 8.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1200 gr (2.65 pounds) 1240 gr (2.73 pounds)
Dimensions 158 x 150 x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4") 160 x 157 x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 82
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 3253
Other
Battery life - 4200 pictures
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID - EN-EL4a
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II) Compact Flash (Type I or II) x 2, UDMA
Storage slots Single Dual
Price at release $5,000 $5,200