By Simon Bainbridge, The British Journal of Photography
Nikon has taken low light shooting to a whole new level with its latest pro digital SLR camera, the D3s.
The successor to the two-year-old D3 has a seven-stop IOS range of 200 to 12,800, plus three further boost settings that allow photographers to capture images up to an unprecedented ISO equivalent of 102,400. Even at this extreme setting, judging from images BJP saw from pre-production samples at an exclusive European press preview at St Andrews last week, noise takes on a relatively natural, filmic look that would be usable for some applications, and results shot at ISO12,800 were particularly impressive....
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(Thanks to Maarten Boerma)
Featured Comment by Ctein: "I think it's time, once again, to refute meaningless precision. Let's start saying 'ISO 13,000' and 'ISO 100,000.' Unless you really think that 1/25th of a stop matters (and that the camera's exposure is accurate down to that level). Can't wait to see the sample photos, though. The mind boggles."
Featured Comment by Bahi: "Nikon, full frame and low light: three things that didn't seem to belong together just three years ago."
Featured Comment by David: "As a chemist working in a spectroscopy lab, I have the privilege of using an intensified CCD as the detector for one of my instruments. Though the thought of ISO 100,000 for a consumer camera is indeed impressive, and the thought of a 1/30 sec exposure in moonlight is intriguing to say the least, with the iCCD I can take 'pictures' with 50 nanosecond exposures with quite low light levels. I never really bothered to calculate the ISO of this camera, and it definitely is not portable, but suffice it to say that there is definitely a lot of headroom for CCD sensitivity in the future! Oh, and my iCCD is about eight years old."