These examples, all shot in the space of an hour, show the insanely great noise and color of the Nikon D3s at ISO 3200 (mostly). Ambient temperature was approximately 50°F (temperature affects noise).
Worth noting is that the images taken on this page would not even be possible with the recently-reviewed Leica M9, which costs US$1800 more. Or if they could be made, would look really awful by comparison.
Choose your camera for what you like to do: the D3s is an anywhere-anytime-any-light camera, but it’s triple the size and weight of the Leica M9.
I elected to present images on this page at 50% of actual pixels (2128 pixels wide), because this accurately suggests what one might see in a print. Many users will have to scroll to see the entire image, but I feel that the 50% size tells the story well. Get the NEC 30" if you want a bigger screen, heck, it’s only 40% of the cost of a D3s.
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