Nikon D610 vs Nikon D3s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D610 and Nikon D3s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D610 were released 2013 and Nikon D3s was released 2009. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D610 2013
Nikon D3s 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Nikon FX") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D610 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D3s 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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)

Resolution

Nikon D610 has a 24 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
Nikon D610 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016
Nikon D3s 12,1 MP
12052992 pixels
4256 x 2832

Nikon D610 has a 100 % 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 Nikon D610. Nikon D3s has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 102400 while Nikon D610 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D610 100-6400
Nikon D3s 200-102400

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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D610
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D610 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3s can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D610 6
Nikon D3s 11

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D610 and Nikon D3s can shoot movies.

Weight

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 46% heavier than Nikon D610 and its 850 gr (or 1.87 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D610 850 gr
1.87 lb
Nikon D3s 1240 gr
2.73 lb

Nikon D610 vs Nikon D3s Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D610 and Nikon D3s, 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.

Product
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Name Nikon D610 Nikon D3s
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Release Year 2013 2009
Release Date 2013-10-08 2009-10-14
MSRP 1999 USD 5199 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4016 pixels 4256 x 2832 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 12,1 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 EXPEED
Image
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
ISO Range 100 - 6400 200 - 102400
White Balance Presets 12 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Focus Points 39 51
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3,2 3
Screen dots 921000 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Frames per second 6 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
Motion JPEG
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional through WU-1B mobile adapter
Yes
Optional
Remote Control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless) Yes
GPS Yes
Optional
Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D610
Nikon D3s
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 900 shots 4200 shots
Width 141 mm 160 mm
Height 113 mm 157 mm
Depth 82 mm 88 mm
Weight 850 gram 1240 gram