Nikon D1X vs Nikon D3s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D1X and Nikon D3s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D1X
Nikon D3s

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D1X were released 2001 and Nikon D3s was released 2009. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D1X Nikon 2001
Nikon D3s Nikon 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D1X has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon D3s has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D1X 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D3s 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D1X has a 5,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3s has 12,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D1X 5,3 MP 5895680 3008 1960
Nikon D3s 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832

Nikon D3s has a 104 % larger resolution than Nikon D1X. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3s has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D1X. Nikon D3s has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 102400 while Nikon D1X has 125 to 800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D1X 125-800
Nikon D3s 200-102400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D1X
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D1X can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3s can shoot up to 9-11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D1X 3
Nikon D3s 9-11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D3s. Sadly, the Nikon D1X does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D3s weighs 1240 gr (equal to 2,73 lb) which is 3% heavier than Nikon D1X and its 1200 gr (or 2,65 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D1X 1200 gr 2,65 lb
Nikon D3s 1240 gr 2,73 lb