Nikon D3s vs Canon EOS M10

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3s and Canon EOS M10. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D3s is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS M10 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D3s were released 2009 and Canon EOS M10 was released 2015. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3s 2009
Canon EOS M10 2015

Type of camera

Nikon D3s is a DSLR camera while Canon EOS M10 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3s has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Canon EOS M10 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D3s 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS M10 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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


Nikon D3s has a 12,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS M10 has 18 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D3s 12,1 MP
12052992 pixels
4256 x 2832
Canon EOS M10 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456

Canon EOS M10 has a 49 % larger resolution than Nikon D3s. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3s has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS M10. Nikon D3s has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 102400 while Canon EOS M10 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3s 200-102400
Canon EOS M10 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS M10 belongs to the Canon EOS M-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3s
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS M10

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D3s can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS M10 can shoot up to 4,6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3s 11
Canon EOS M10 4,6

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D3s and Canon EOS M10 can shoot movies.


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

Nikon D3s weighs 1240 gr (equal to 2.73 lb) which is 312% heavier than Canon EOS M10 and its 301 gr (or 0.66 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3s 1240 gr
2.73 lb
Canon EOS M10 301 gr
0.66 lb

Nikon D3s vs Canon EOS M10 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3s and Canon EOS M10, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Name Nikon D3s Canon EOS M10
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Release Year 2009 2015
Release Date 2009-10-14 2015-10-13
MSRP 5199 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4256 x 2832 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
Megapixels 12,1 MP 18 MP
Image Processor EXPEED DIGIC 6
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
ISO Range 200 - 102400 100 - 12800
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 51 49
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF-M

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Frames per second 11 fps 4,6 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 5 meters
External Flash Yes No
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format Motion JPEG
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No No
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Memory Card Compact Flash
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n with NFC)
Remote Control Yes Yes (via smartphone)
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3s
Canon EOS M10
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
LP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 4200 shots 255 shots
Width 160 mm 108 mm
Height 157 mm 67 mm
Depth 88 mm 35 mm
Weight 1240 gram 301 gram