Nikon D850 vs Nikon D3s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D850 and Nikon D3s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D850
Nikon D3s

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D850 were released 2017 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 D850 Nikon 2017
Nikon D3s Nikon 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare the 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 Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D850 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
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 D850 has a 46 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 D850 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504
Nikon D3s 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832

Nikon D850 has a 277 % larger resolution than Nikon D3s. 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 D850. Nikon D3s has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 102400 while Nikon D850 has 64 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D850 64-25600
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 D850
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 D850 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3s can shoot up to 9-11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D850 9
Nikon D3s 9-11

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D850 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, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D3s weighs 1240 gr (equal to 2,73 lb) which is 23% heavier than Nikon D850 and its 1005 gr (or 2,22 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D850 1005 gr 2,22 lb
Nikon D3s 1240 gr 2,73 lb