Are you looking ahead with your next digital SLR camera purchase, and thinking, “Hmmm, I’m going for a quick trip into space next week, what camera could deal with that…”?
Below is living proof that the Nikon D3S could do the job. These shots were taken with the D3S earlier this year, aboard the International Space Station.
Effective pixels: 12.1 million
Sensitivity: ISO 200 to 12,800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1, HI-2 and HI-3 (ISO 102,400); sensitivity decreases approx. LO-0.3, LO-0.5, LO-0.7 and LO-1 (ISO 100)
Storage media: CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I compliant with UDMA)
LCD monitor: 3.0″, 921,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, allows up to 170-degree viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Battery life (fully charged battery): Approx. 4200 shots
Weight (without battery): Approx. 1,240 grams
File formats: NEF (12 or 14-bit lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed RAW), TIFF (RGB), JPEG (Baseline-compliant); AVI movie (Motion JPEG compression format with monaural sound; Stero sound with external microphone)
Other features: Retouch menu, Info Display on LCD monitor, Intergrated Dust Reductions System, Live view, D-Movie (with external stereo microphone input; in-camera movie editing), Dual card slots
Nikon D3S price
The Nikon D3S digital SLR is a serious pro-level camera, and has a serious pro-level price. The body only is around $7,000 – lenses are extra. Still, if you’re heading into space it’s good to know this camera will get the job done.
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